DOST and NCMF Sign MOA forFoster Collab Advancing STI in the Philippines

January 4, 2024 – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) have officially signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to enhance cooperation in promoting the development and utilization of science and technology in the Philippines. The MOA signing ceremony will take place at the Dusit Thani, Manila.

The collaboration between DOST and NCMF aims to harness the potential of science and technology in addressing the needs and aspirations of Muslim communities across the country. By leveraging their respective expertise and resources, both organizations seek to create an inclusive and sustainable environment for the advancement of scientific research and innovation.

The signing of this MOA will establish a general framework for a joint cooperation and collaboration between NCMF and DOST in relation to the Halal Verification Laboratory to detect porcine DNA and determine alcohol level from foods and beverages.

Hon. Renato U. Solidium, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, “This partnership with the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos is a significant step towards promoting inclusivity and ensuring that the benefits of science and technology reach all sectors of society. By working together, we can create a more equitable and prosperous future for all Filipinos.”

Likewise, Atty. Guiling M. Mamondiong, Secretary of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos emphasized the importance of this collaboration, stating, “Science and technology play a vital role in the development of our communities. This partnership with the Department of Science and Technology will enable us to tap into the immense potential of our Muslim communities and empower them to contribute to the nation’s progress.”

The DOST and NCMF are confident that this MOA will serve as a catalyst for meaningful change and progress in the Muslim communities of the Philippines. By joining forces, both organizations are determined to create a brighter future where science and technology serve as engines of growth and empowerment for all Filipinos.

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos is the government agency mandated to promote and protect the rights and welfare of Muslim Filipinos, as well as to facilitate their integration into the mainstream of national development. The NCMF serves as the primary government agency responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies, plans, and programs for the development of Muslim communities in the Philippines