by: Edgilyn R. Alcasid
The Department of Science and Technology-National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) conducted a press conference last June 14, 2017 at the La Breza Hotel, Quezon City as it formally introduced its new Regional Director, Mr. Jose B. Patalinjug III, to key partners from the media.
The event served as an opportunity for the press to identify the new directions taken by RD Patalinjug so DOST-NCR can reach greater heights, as well as the new collaborations forged to strengthen the agency’s partnerships with other institutions to bring S&T closer to Filipinos.
Among the new collaborations presented by the new Regional Director was the “Adopt an Estero/Water Body Program” in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Aside from providing free livelihood trainings to communities assisted under the program, DOST-NCR will likewise adopt an estero within the year. The agency will join DENR in its quest to clean polluted water bodies to reduce pollution and promote environmental management.
DOST-NCR’s partnership with the local municipality of Marikina to revive its shoe industry was also discussed. On February 6, 2017, the DOST-NCR-funded project titled, “Trainers’ Training on the Operation of Machines and Equipment for the Shoe Industry in Marikina City” was launched in collaboration with the City Municipality of Marikina and Marikina Shoe Industry Development Office (MASIDO). The initiative was part of the goal to upgrade the shoe production capability in the municipality and hone more expert production line workers in shoe making.
Aside from presenting its new collaborations, RD Patalinjug emphasized that he is resolute in supporting the continued implementation of the programs established by DOST-NCR’s former head, Dr. Teresita C. Fortuna. He added that Dr. Fortuna served as his mentor over the years and he will continue the work that she started in ensuring that utmost public service will be delivered to Filipinos in Metro Manila.
“I have solid support to the continuous implementation of DOST-NCR’s key programs including the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program or SETUP. Over the years, we have changed numerous lives of entrepreneurs in the region and we will definitely work harder so more Filipinos will also succeed,” RD Patalinjug said.
Meanwhile, when asked about his priorities and new goals for the agency, RD Patalinjug said, “Gusto ko talagang magkaroon ng sariling building ang DOST-NCR dahil patuloy na lumalaki ang aming pamilya upang matugunan ang pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan dito sa kalakhang Maynila.”
He added that he already created an infrastructure committee so the vision for the new DOST-NCR building can be realized.
RD Patalinjug also emphasized his support to ensure the growth of his personnel especially in furthering their educational attainments.
“What I want is for my personnel to also have the same opportunities that I had in advancing my knowledge. I am very supportive especially to my Cluster Directors so they can obtain their master degrees,” he remarked.
Recognizing the valuable role played by the media in propagating information about the agency’s S&T-based assistance, the media personnel present in the event affirmed their support to the new directions taken by RD Patalinjug. The press likewise warmly welcomed his key projects and vision for DOST-NCR and signified that they will continue to work with the agency to empower and assist more Filipinos in the region.