In a proactive move toward fostering collaboration and preparation for the upcoming 21st NRCP Mindanao Regional Cluster Convention and Stakeholders’ Engagement, officials from the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Regional Office No. XIII (Caraga) met with key officials and staff from the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) earlier today at 9:00 a.m.

NRCP officials headed by its Executive Director Bernardo N. Sepeda paid a courtesy visit at the office of the DOST-Caraga to foster collaboration for the upcoming 21st NRCP Mindanao Regional Cluster Convention and Stakeholders’ Engagement in Butuan City earlier today. DOST-Caraga Assistant Regional Director Ricardo N. Varela warmly welcomed the NRCP delegates.

This pre-convention meeting served as a crucial platform to align strategies, streamline coordination efforts, and outline essential groundwork ahead of the two-day symposium, slated from November 30 to December 1, 2023. The convention, themed “Towards a Positive VUCAD2 Future: Science, Technology, and Innovation’s Role in Sustainable Development in the Mindanao Region,” aims to bolster partnerships and networks with local government units (LGUs), higher education institutions (HEIs), and the third sector.

(L-R) Mr. Nole Kristoffer L. Laganga, Science Research Specialist II of DOST-Caraga; Ms. Mary Charlotte O. Fresco, Senior Science Research Specialist of NRCP; Dr. Geraldo S. Petilla, NRCP Chief Administrative Officer; Ricardo N. Varela, Assistant Regional Director for Field Operations Division Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. XIII (Caraga); Dr. Bernardo N. Sepeda, NRCP Executive Director III; Ms. Beverly Mae N. Dela Cruz, Sup. Science Research Specialist of NRCP; and Ms. Karrizza C. Yambao, Science Research Specialist II of NRCP.

The convergence of DOST-Caraga and NRCP officials underscores a collective commitment to leveraging science, technology, and innovation as catalysts for sustainable development in Mindanao. It marks a pivotal moment as both entities synergize their expertise, resources, and visions to drive substantive change and progress within the region.

With a concerted effort evident in this preparatory phase, stakeholders anticipate an insightful and productive convention that will set the stage for collaborative initiatives, policy advancements, and transformative innovations beneficial to Mindanao’s sustainable growth and development.

As November 30 approaches, the region awaits with anticipation the substantive outcomes that will emerge from this crucial gathering aimed at charting a trajectory towards a more prosperous and sustainable future. (Glenn Ford B. Tolentino /