The DOST is the premier science and technology governing agency in the country with the mandate of providing central direction, leadership, and coordination of scientific and technological activities; as well as formulating policies, programs, and projects to support national development.
DOST is headed by a Secretary who exercises authority and responsibility for the mandate and for supervision and control of the Department. The Secretary is assisted by three (3) Undersecretaries and four (4) Assistant Secretaries.
The Department has five (5) Staff Services, namely:
- Administration and Legal Service
- Planning and Evaluation Service
- Financial Management Service
- Internal Audit Service and the
- Gender and Development and Regional Support Service
The Department has eighteen (18) attached agencies. Grouped into sectors with their functions, these are as follows:
Sectoral Planning Councils
DOST has three (3) councils responsible for formulating policies, plans, programs, projects and strategies for S&T development; programming and allocating funds; monitoring of research and development projects; and generating external funds:
- Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD)
- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)
- Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD)
Research and Development Institutes
DOST has seven (7) research and development institutes concerned with basic and applied researches on various fields.
- Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI)
- Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI)
- Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI)
- Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI)
- Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC)
- Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI)
- Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI)
Scientific and Technological Services
The six (6) agencies rendering science and technology-related services are:
- Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)
- Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS)
- Philippine Science High School (PSHSS)
- Science and Technology Information Institute (STII)
- Science Education Institute (SEI)
- Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI)
Collegial and Scientific Bodies
Two (2) bodies pursue mandated functions of assistance, recognition, advisory and establishment of international linkages. These are:
- National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)
- National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP)
Regional Offices and S&T Provincial Centers
The DOST has sixteen (16) Regional Offices (ROs). Each Regional Office is headed by a Regional Director who is under the supervision of the Undersecretary for Regional Operations. It implements laws, rules, regulations, policies, plans, programs and projects of the Department; provides efficient S&T services to the people in the regions; and coordinates with other government agencies and local government units on S&T matters.
The DOST also has eighty (80) Provincial S&T Centers (PSTCs) manned by PSTC Officers.
The eighteen (18) attached agencies, grouped into sectors with their mandates are as follows:
A. Sectoral Planning Councils (3)
- Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) – responsible for formulating strategies, policies, plans, programs and projects for advanced S&T, industry and energy sector. It develops and implements programs for the optimal utilization, transfer, and commercialization of technologies and other research outputs.
- Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) – Formulate policies, plans, programs, projects, and strategies for Science and Technology (S&T) development in the agriculture, forestry, aquatic and natural resources sectors; Program and allocate government and external funds generated for R&D efforts in the agriculture, forestry, marine and natural resources sectors; Monitor R&D projects; and Generate external funds for its R&D activities.
- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) – leads, directs and coordinates S & T activities in the health sciences so as to improve the health and nutritional status of every Filipino.
B. Research and Development Institutes (7)
- Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) – conducts scientific research and development in the advanced fields of studies such as Microelectronics and Information Technology.
- Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) – conducts research defining the citizenry’s nutritional status, with reference particularly to the malnutrition problem, its causes and effects, and identifies alternative solutions; develops and recommends policy options, strategies, programs and projects, which address the malnutrition problem for implementation by the appropriate agencies; and disseminates research findings and recommendations to the relevant end-users.
- Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) – conducts applied Research and Development (R & D) on wood and non-wood forest products to generate information technology which can improve the utility value of wood and other forest products; transfers technologies; and, provides technical services and training.
- Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) – undertakes applied research to develop technologies and technological innovations in the fields of industrial manufacturing, mineral processing and energy; undertakes the transfer of research results directly to end-users or preferably via linkage units of other government agencies; undertakes technical services such as, but not limited to, standards, analytical and calibrations services mandated by law or as needed by the industry; conducts training and provides technical advisory and consultancy services to industry clientele and end-users.
- Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) – provides both government and private sectors in the metals and engineering industry with professional management and technical expertise on training of engineers and technicians, information exchange, trade accreditation services, quality control and testing of metal products, research and development and business economics advisory services.
- Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) – conducts research and development on the application of radioisotopes and nuclear energy; undertakes transfer of research results to end-users; operates and maintains nuclear research reactors and other radiation facilities; licenses and regulates nuclear and radioactive substances.
- Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) – conducts applied research and development of the textile industry; undertakes the transfer of completed researches to end-users of via linkage units of other government agencies; and undertakes technical services and provides training services.
C. Scientific and Technological Services (6)
- Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) – provides protection against natural calamities and utilizes scientific knowledge as an effective instrument to ensure the safety, well-being and economic security of all the peoples.
- Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) – predicts the occurrence of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and their geotectonic phenomena; determines how eruptions and earthquakes occur and the areas likely to be affected; exploits the positive aspects of volcanoes and volcanic terrain in furtherance of the socio-economic development efforts of the government; generates sufficient data for forecasting of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes; formulates appropriate disaster preparedness plans; and mitigate hazards of volcanic activities through appropriate detection, forecast and warning systems.
- Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) – establishes and develops science and technology databank and library, disseminates science and technology information, and undertakes trainings on information of science and technology.
- Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) – serves as the implementing arm of the DOST in promoting the commercialization of technologies and in marketing the services of the other operating units of the Department.
- Philippine Science High School (PSHS) – offers on a free scholarship basis a secondary course with special emphasis on subjects pertaining to the sciences with the end in view of preparing its students for a science career.
- Science Education Institute (SEI) – accomplishes the task of administering scholarships, awards and grants in Science & Technology (S & T), and formulating plans for the promotion, development and improvement of S & T education and training in order to develop a critical mass of highly trained S & T manpower.
D. Collegial and Scientific Bodies (2)
- National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) – provides meaningful incentives to those engaged in scientific and technological research, as well as gives recognition to outstanding achievements in technology and the sciences; advises the President, Cabinet and Congress on matters related to S & T; and embarks on programs traditionally and internationally expected of a national academy of science.
- National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) – promotes and supports fundamental or basic research for the continuing improvement of the research capability of individual or group scientists; fosters linkages with local and international scientific organizations for enhanced cooperation in the development and sharing of scientific information; provides advice on problems and issues of national interest; and promotes scientific and technological culture to all sectors of society.