Contributing to the advancement of application and promotion of technology, the Pangasinan State University took an active role during the launching of Smart and Sustainable Communities in Region 1 spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The activity was part of the ‘Rambak Ti Siyensya: 2023 Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW)’ held on October’ 16- 18,2023 at the llocos Norte Centennial Arena in Lâoag City.
With the theme, “Sÿensya, Teknolohiya at lnobasyon: Kabalikat sa Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Kinabukasan , the three-day event featured scientific and technological breakthroughs reâdy for transfer and commercialization in response to the wealth creation and wealth protection of the present administration.
One of the highlights is the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Smart and Sustainable Communities in Region 1,where PSU, represented by University President Dr. Elbert M. Galas, is a signatory in the tripartite agreement along with DOST and the local government unit of Alaminos City.
Stipulated in the MOA are the roles and responsibilities of the three entities which have agreed to cooperate and jointly implement existing DOST technologies, conceptualize, develop and empower people as it aims to enhance comfort productivity, profitability and innovation aligned to Smart and Sustainability Communities.
PSU’s major role is to provide technical assistance to LGU Alaminos needed in the implementation of the Smart Alaminos City (SAC) as well as allocate funds and designate skilled personnel of PSU to act as focal person in all matters pertaining to SAC projects.
President Galas said PSU has been a staunch partner of DOST for a long time and will continue to be so with utmost commitment to advocating and promoting science, technology and innovation for the region’s development .
“As our administration pushes for the implementation of the vision for PSU which is to become an industry-driven state university in the ASEAN region by 2030, this renewed partnership with DOST would definitely redound to the benefit of all our stakeholders as we pursue internationalization,” Dr. Galas said.
Incidentally, the event also featured PSU’s Food Innovation Center (FIC) that showcased a diverse array of food technologies that were developed to enhance food quality, prolong shelf life and provide convenience. (𝒔𝒆𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒐𝒏 𝑭𝑰𝑪)
The opening ceremony was graced by DOST Secretary, Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr., Usec Sancho A. Mabborang, Usec. Teodoro M. Gatchalian, OIC- Regional Director Teresita A. Tabaog ( a member of PSU’s Board of Regents) and other DOST executives.
Science ambassadors were also recognized during the event followed by the launching of the DOST-1 Mascot named ‘Sciglat’, short for ‘Spearheading and Championing Innovations Geared towards Leveraging and Accelerating Technologies in Region 1’ which also symbolizes the spirit of innovation and discovery that the event embodies.