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Starting up: DOST warms up iSTART program in Zamboanga Peninsula with stakeholders’ consultation

DIPOLOG CITY, Oct. 27 (PIA) – Aiming to support balanced development by accelerating regional growth through science, technology, and innovation, the Department of Science and Technology conducted a 2-day stakeholders’ consultation for their Innovation, Science and Technology for Accelerating Regional Technology-Based Development (iSTART) Program on October 24-25 at R&B Pavilion, Mibang Hotel, this city.

Pioneered in the CARAGA Region for Mindanao, iSTART looks to assist Local Government Units (LGU) in developing a technology-based development plan that incorporates the different programs of the National Government Agencies (NGA) in order to maximize government services.

“Ang purpose gyud sa iSTART, ang gusto nato ang development mahitabo sa LGUs should be inclusive, should be comprehensive, and gusto nato ma-introduce didto sa ilang process and science, technology, and innovation,” ("The purpose of iSTART is that we want the development of our LGUs, [they] should be inclusive, should be comprehensive, and we want to introduce science, technology, and innovation into their process") said DOST Provincial Director Nuhman Aljani during an interview.

He also added that because everything essentially starts with the community development plan, “iSTART” is not only a catchy name but also a quick and concise summary of the program’s mission.

During the 2-day consultation and workshop, the 6 identified pilot LGUs for the region were asked to identify their social, economic, infrastructure, and institutional problems while the NGAs in attendance listed down programs their agency offered.

Afterwards, the DOST helped identify which programs of which agency could address which problem of the LGUs.

As of now, 6 LGUs are part of the program – the two Cities of Dipolog and Dapitan from Zamboanga del Norte, the Municipality of Aurora and the City of Pagadian from Zamboanga del Sur, and the Municipality of Ipil as well as the Provincial Government of Zamboanga Sibugay.

The DOST also plans on taking on more beneficiaries once they assess the results of the 6 pilot LGUs. (NBE/PJF/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

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Pamela Joyce Fumero

Information Officer - I

Region 9

A psychology graduate with latin honors from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology, Pamela is a registered psychometrician currently employed as a writer and information officer at the Philippine Information Agency's Region IX - Zamboanga del Norte Information Center.

As an information officer, she attends meetings and provides coverage for both government and nongovernment events that benefit the Filipino people.

She also writes feature and news stories which can be found on PIA's official website. 

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