The Science and Technology Expert Volunteers’ Pool Program (STEVPP) is an initiative of the Department to bring S&T knowledge and technology closer and more accessible to the local community. Providing free technical assistance, consultations and diagnosis to groups/associations/cooperatives in priority fields, the program utilizes S&T experts who are acknowledged specialists in their fields to form part of the support team for our local clients.
In 2009, the Science and Technology Expert Volunteers’ Pool Program (STEVPP) has deployed seventy five (75) experts to served one thousand sixty two (1062) clients. A significant increased in the clients served when compared to last year’s 717 customers.
The Department also facilitated the conduct of various technology trainings and technology fora/clinics to address the pressing needs of the local SMEs, industries, and potential investors for manpower and/or skills training and capability enhancement. Eighty (80) training programs, aimed at developing the technical skills of the 2168 participants who were directly involved in the production process of 588 companies were conducted. Along with the training programs, thirty seven (37) technology and investment fora involving 249 firms were given. The number of participants who were involved in 2009 technology trainings marked a noticeable 33 % increase and a respectable 13 % increase in the number of training programs conducted in comparison to 2008.
How does one avail of technology training assistance?
Customers may submit request (in writing) addressed to the Regional Director, thru the nearest Provincial S&T Centers (PSTCs). The Provincial Science and Technology Officer conduct an initial evaluation of the training request. Requests that merit assistance will be endorsed to the Regional Office.