The DOST Regional Offices were established when DOST was reorganized from the then National Science Development Board (NSDB) to the National Science Technology Authority (NSTA) on March 17, 1982, and vested with broader policy-making and program implementing functions.
On January 30, 1987, NSTA was elevated to become the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under Executive Order (EO) No. 128. DOST’s functions and responsibilities were further expanded to enable it to pursue the declared state policy to support local scientific and technological efforts, develop local capability to achieve technological self-reliance, promote public and private sector partnership in S&T activities, and encourage the private sector to take a greater role in R&D activities. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 31 of EO 128, the DOST is also authorized to establish regional or field extension offices as may be necessary.
Three years later, the Provincial S&T Centers (PSTCs) were created through Republic Act No. 6959 on July 31, 1990, which lead to the establishment of PSTCs in every province of the country attached under the Regional Offices.
On September 2007, DOST Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro signed a Memorandum separating the management of DOST-MIMAROPA from DOST-IV with a common administrative personnel sharing with DOST-CALABARZON. DOST-MIMAROPA holds office at DOST Complex in Bicutan, Taguig City with its first Regional Director, Dr. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay.
There were 10 regular employees stationed at the 5 Provincial S&T Centers who were transferred from the former DOST-IV to DOST-MIMAROPA. In 2008, 5 new regular positions at the Regional Office were approved out of the Rationalization Plan. In summary, DOST-MIMAROPA has 15 existing positions with 17 more required as per DBM National Budget Circular No. 484 and DOST Administrative Order No. 001, series of 2004 (refer to attachments).
As per DOST Administrative Order No. 002 Series of 1989, the DOST Regional Offices shall be the focal points for the planning and implementation of S&T programs and projects in the regions. Specifically, each regional office shall assume the following functions:
1. Identify the needs and opportunities in S&T in the region;
2. Formulate a regional S&T plan consistent with and supportive of the regional and national development S&T plans;
3. Plan and implement programs and projects on R&D and the delivery of S&T services such as technology demonstration and transfer, testing and analysis, S&T promotion and information dissemination, and on other areas of concern of the DOST for the benefit of the people in the region;
4. Monitor and coordinate programs and projects of DOST Councils, Institutes and support agencies in the region;
5. Develop institutional linkages with Regional Offices, other agencies, and local government and private organizations or entities for the effective planning and implementation of S&T programs in the region; and
6. Perform such other functions as may be directed by higher authorities as provided by law.
In accordance with the mandate of law and in response to the identified needs of specific regions, the DOST Regional Offices are tasked to:
1. Identify the needs and opportunities in Science &Technology (S&T) in the region;
2. Formulate and implement a regional S&T plan consistent with and supportive of regional development thrusts as well as the National S&T Plan 2002-2020;
3. Provide S&T interventions to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s) in the regions to improve their productivity and competitiveness in both local and international markets through the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP), the banner program of DOST for technology transfer and commercialization.
Brief Office Description
MIMAROPA is the youngest among the 17 administrative regions of the country. It was created as a separate region through Executive Order 103 issued on May 17, 2003 to accelerate the social and economic development and improve the delivery of public services.
The acronym MIMAROPA stands for the provinces of the region, namely, Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan. There are two cities in this region, Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro and Puerto Princesa in Palawan. Among the region’s provinces, Palawan is the biggest, accounting for almost 54.7 percent of the regions- total land area while Marinduque is the smallest with an area of only 934.7 square kilometers or barely 3.4 percent of the total land area of the region.
MIMAROPA’s strongest potentials are on agriculture and ecotourism. Forty percent of the Gross Regional Domestic Product comes from Agriculture and Fishery. It also intensifies food production not just for the region but for the CALABARZON and Metro Manila areas as well.