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Being a strong partner in Science, Technology, and Innovation in Region VIII., DOST regional office identified Samar State University (SSU) at Catbalogan City, Samar, to be one of the institutions to be visited by the Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang and look into the impact of DOST programs in the SSU’S RDI development.

During the welcome message of the University President, Dr. Marilyn Dejecasion Cardoso, in a semi-formal program prepared by the university, she flaunted the assistance provided by the DOST system which reaches as to date to P78M funding 21 projects since 2016 to 2021. Regional Director, Engr. Ernesto M. Granada, in his message proudly mentioned that one of CHED Commissioners, DOST VIII seats as one of SSU’s Board of Regents, asked him why the agency have so much assistance from DOST. Engr. Granada mentioned that his reply was “funding from DOST is proposal driven and SSU is fast in submitting proposal and produced quality proposals.”. He continued his message confirming the DOST VIII commitment for stronger collaboration with the university for projects that “was implemented, being implemented, and to be implemented”.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary Mabborang during his talk as part of the program, surprised the university officials with hit opening statement that he was impressed what he saw, physically, about the infra of the university and the first university he visited who has an elevator. He further surprised the officials when he said that even from outside he can smell quality and excellence being carried by the university. Usec. Mabborang shared his vision that in his term he has a mantra that “No regional office will be left behind.”. He likewise encouraged SSU to target P200M funds for their RDI initiatives, engage in sweet potato flour production as the country’s response to the wheat flour crisis brought in by the Europe crisis. He mentioned that exciting things will be happening soon in the DOST and he mentioned that he wish the university will think about establishing a Knowledge Innovation,Science and Technology Economic Zone.

After his talk, Usec. Sancho Mabborang received citation on the conferment of the university medallion which was awarded by Dr. Cardoso. Meanwhile, Dir. Granada received Certificate of Recognition as the university’s strong partner.