The Provincial Office of the Department of Science and Technology in Cagayan recently organized the Municipal Science and Technology Action Group (MSTAG) in the municipality of Piat, Cagayan.
The MSTAG serves as the local science and technology advisory body created through an Executive Order issued by the Municipal Mayor. The organization is headed by the Mayor as Chairman and Co-Chaired by the DOST Provincial Director and Vice Mayor. The other offices in the local government, other government agencies and non-government agencies in the community are made part of the MSTAG through endorsement from the office of the Mayor.
Following were initial S&T activities that emanated: conduct of a Food Safety Training for food handlers and canteen operators; and the conduct of a SET-UP Forum and assessment of Biogas for slaughterhouse.
Other interventions include upgrading of muscavado, sugar cane and beef jerky processing as requested by Hon. Carmelo “Black” Villacete.
The partnership of DOST and LGU Piat thru MSTAG is one of the strategies of DOST to enhance adoption and commercialization of appropriate technologies in the countryside while giving independence and confidence to the LGU to manage its own science and technology requirements for development through guidance from DOST.