The Department of Science and Technology, Regional Office No. IX (DOST-IX) is one of 16 regional offices of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
It has three major functions:
- Carry out laws, rules, regulations, policies, plans, programs and projects of the Department;
- Provide effective and efficient Science & Technology (S&T) services to the people in the region; and
- Coordinate with other government agencies and local government units in the region on S & T matters.
DOST-IX emerged from the creation of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) by a series of agency reorganizations beginning in 1982 to improve effective response to scientific and technological needs of the country.
On March 17 that year, the original National Science Development Board (NSDB) became the National Science and Technology Authority (NSTA). NSTA in turn moved up five years later, becoming the Department of Science and Technology on January 30, 1987 via Executive Order No. 128.
DOST’s functions were expanded to:
- support local scientific and technological efforts
- develop local capability to achieve technological self-reliance
- promote public and private sector partnership in S & T activities
- encourage the private sector to take on a greater role in research and development activities
These formed the umbrella mandate from which DOST regional office functions emanated. DOST’s S&T service network was expanded on July 31, 1990 when Republic Act 6959 established Provincial Science and Technology Centers (PSTCs) in every province of the country. Three were set up in Region IX.