By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – The two-day “Luwas Pilipinas” caravan in this region’s premier and capital city of Butuan starts rolling today in one of the city’s resort, hotel, and convention center.
Close to 300 local officials, business leaders, academe, mining sector, tour operators, Butuan and Agusan hotel and restaurant operators and managers, and officials from various government line agencies and media are expected to participate in the two-day activity.
With the theme “Luwas Pilipinas: Ang kahibalo sa Syensya, Yawe sa Kaluwasan,” it will highlight the research, development, and innovation programs and projects of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for disaster risk reduction and management as well as improving the tourism sector in Northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region.
Various fora and activities will be held at Almont Inland Resort, Hotel and Convention Center in Butuan City on July 24-25, 2019.
The objective of this big event is to create greater awareness of DOST projects through engagement with target audiences and also entice target audiences to engage DOST through science and technology interventions in their area.
Exhibits, programs and projects of the DOST will also be shown in the venue while an eco-friendly blessing and inauguration tour of the P5 million worth septic system in Kitcharao town, P5 million worth gold copper mineral processing plant in Del Pilar Cabadbaran City will also take place.
The two-day activity of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technologies Research and Development (PCIEERD) is in partnership with the DOST Caraga Region 13 and Caraga State University (CSU) will surely benefit Caraganons and even neighboring regions in Mindanao, said DOST 13 Regional Director Dominga D. Mallonga, in an exclusive interview with The Manila Bulletin.
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, will be keynote speaker. He will be accompanied by the agency’s undersecretaries.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat will also deliver her message highlighting the need to spur the tourism industry in the region.
“In this two day event, we are highlighting more programs that will boost the research, development, and innovation programs and projects of DOST for disaster risk reduction and management as well as improving the tourism sector of the region,” Director Mallonga added.