The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang, together with DOST VI Regional Director Rowen Gelonga, led the inauguration of the newly constructed Provincial Science and Technology Office (PSTO) building in Sibalom, Antique, today.

The establishment of the PSTO building is a strategic move aimed at enhancing the implementation of DOST programs and projects on technology transfer, S&T human resource development, such as scholarship programs, STI promotion and information dissemination activities, the delivery of technical and consulting services, and other activities and services that will benefit the people of Antique.

The said building will help the PSTO Antique formulate the Provincial S&T Plan as well as programs and projects designed to contribute to the development of the province.

Additionally, this will further assist the agency in implementing and monitoring various technology transfer and commercialization programs, such as the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) and Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST).

Through the building, PSTO will attain its full function in promoting the adoption of appropriate technologies by micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to improve their operational efficiency and increase productivity, as well as to harness the results of scientific research and innovations to produce new and competitive products and services.

“This building symbolizes the beauty and wonder of our hopes for an Antique teeming with the gifts of science, technology, and innovation and the strength of our collaboration with our partners and stakeholders here in the province.” Undersecretary Mabborang highlighted this in his messages.=

“This is a resounding testament to our unwavering commitment to excellence as we navigate the dynamic landscape of scientific and technological advancements, ensuring that the people will truly benefit from science, technology, and innovation, aided by modern facilities such as this new Antique PSTO building,” he added.

Meanwhile, the launch of the Antique Innovation Hub was part of the activity. This will serve as a physical facility equipped with the tools and resources necessary to ‘turn ideas into reality’ and foster the growth and commercialization of startup businesses as a product of science and technology.

It will also house smart conference facilities, business incubation spaces, and technology-equipped platforms and provide access to subject matter experts, knowledge-based references, and relevant market validation.

With this, the DOST Antique Provincial Science and Technology Office (PSTO) and the new Innovation Hub now welcome everyone to be their new home for science, technology, and innovation. A new building, a new hope, and a giant leap towards an STI-based, inclusive future for Antique. (DOST-OUSecROS and DOST VI)