Dr. Armando Q. Ganal, the DOST Regional Director for the Ilocos Region orients the PSU research and extension team about the goals of the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology at the PSU Convention Hall during an orientation program.

The Pangasinan State University and the Department of Science and Technology Region I strengthen partnership in delivering extension services through the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST).

Dr. Armando Q. Ganal, the DOST Regional Director said during the Orientation Meeting held last March 10, 2021 that CEST is one of the Department’s initiative of alleviating poverty by providing appropriate science and technology (S&T) interventions to the less-privileged communities in the region focusing on livelihood or economic enterprise development, health and nutrition, human resource development, disaster risk reduction and management, climate change adaptation and environmental protection and conservation.

Together with the team of the DOST Provincial Office headed by the Provincial Director Engr. Arnold Santos, and Dr. Paulo V. Cenas, the University Vice President for Research, Extension and Innovation (REI), the face-to-face orientation meeting held at the Dr. Telesforo N. Boquiren Convention Hall in PSU Lingayen, Pangasinan was participated by the REI Directors, and Center Heads.

Cenas named the ten Research and Extension Centers which can potentially assist the DOST in implementing rapid rural appraisals, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The ten centers are: 1) Integrated Agriculture Research and Development Center (IARDC); 2) Center for Hydrology, Aquamarine, Natural and Ocean Sciences (CHANOS); 3) Food  Innovation Center (FIC); 4) Health, Disaster, Risk-Reduction, and Environmental Management (CHDRREM); 5) Center for Business, Economics and Tourism (CBET); 6) Machine Automation and Technology Innovation Center (MATIC); 7) Data Analytics Center (DAC); 8) Center for Statistics and Computing Sciences (CSCS); 9) Center for Human Welfare, Policy, Governance and Community Development (CHWPGCD); and (10) Center for History, Culture, Arts, Languages and Innovative Education Center (CHCALIE).

Some faculty of the PSU School of Advanced Studies (SAS) who tool lead role in the CEST program as they head the division and some REI centers. Dr. Cenas, as the VP, Dr. Raquel C. Pambid as the Head of FIC, Dr. Potenciano D. Conte, Jr. as the Head of CBET, Dr. Irene A. de Vera as the Head of CHDRREM, Mr. Bobby F. Roaring as the Head of CSCS, Dr. Cheryl Mendoza as the Head of CHCALIE, and Dr. Raquel C. Pambid, the Head of the Food Innovation Center.

For year 2021, municipalities of Agno, Bautista and Umingan were considered to be the project sites in the province based on the guidelines of the CEST program.