AGOO, La Union, May 19 (PIA) – The conduct of the second and biggest Science and Technology Caravan in La Union gets support from the local chief executives of the province.
The caravan, initiated by the Department of Science and Technology, will be held from May 30 to June 1 at the Agoo Civic Center, this town.
Armando Q. Ganal, DOST-1 regional director, said that this caravan is the biggest as it includes all the 11 municipalities in the second district of La Union.
“We are concentrating on the municipal level, so we could focus on the community’s needs and aspirations on science and technology,” Ganal said.
Second district Rep. Sandra Y. Eriguel, along with the mayors of said district, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ganal for the hosting of the three-day event.
“This MOU signing is a proof of support from the local government units,” said Ganal.
Among the activities of the caravan include technology exhibit, techno fora, press conference, and setting up of OneSTore booth.
There will also be appropriate technology trainings and demonstrations for micro, small and medium enterprises, LGUs and academe; free healthcare services through the RxBox – a multi-component program of DOST designed to provide better access to life-saving health care services in isolated and disadvantaged communities; and free calibration services to promote fair commerce and consumer welfare.
The event also aims to present the rationale of the Municipal Science and Technology Coordinating Council (MSTCC) to the LGUs and other stakeholders.
Meanwhile, Rep. Eriguel, who spoke on behalf of the LGUs involved, expressed her gratitude to the DOST for choosing Agoo to host the caravan which will benefit the entire second district.
She also urged the Department to provide the local governments necessary assistance in making their products competitive, particularly their one-town-one-product (OTOP) for better chances of joining national exhibits or trade fairs.
Naguilian town Mayor Reynaldo J. Flores already asked DOST to help them to convert their raw produce, their fruits, and vegetables into processed food.
“We will give funding and also the mayors in this district are willing to provide funds,” Eriguel assured. (JNPD/MPA/PIA-1, La Union)