Department of Science and Technology (Philippines)

The Philippines' Department of Science and Technology (abbreviated as DOST; Filipino: Kagawaran ng Agham at Teknolohiya), is the executive department of the Philippine Government responsible for the coordination of science and technology-related projects in the Philippines and to formulate policies and projects in the fields of science and technology in support of national development.

Department of Science and Technology
Kagawaran ng Agham at Teknolohiya

Department of Science and Technology building
Department overview
FormedJanuary 30, 1987 (1987-01-30)
HeadquartersD.O.S.T Building, General Santos Avenue, Upper Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Annual budget₱19.6 billion (2019)[1]
Department executive
Child Department


The DOST was formed as the National Science Development Board in June 13, 1958, during the administration of President Carlos P. Garcia. The science body was formed as a result of a law passed in the Congress upon the recommendation of Dr. Frank Co Tui, who was tasked by Garcia to conduct a survey regarding the state of science and technology in the country. It was reorganized as the National Science and Technology Authority (NSTA) in March 17, 1981 and was given broader policy-making and program implementing functions.[2][3]

In January 30, 1987, during the administration of President Corazon Aquino, the NSTA was elevated to cabinet-level status with the signing of Executive Order 128, and was renamed as the Department of Science and Technology.[3]


  1. Formulate and adopt a comprehensive National Science and Technology Plan, and monitor and coordinate its funding and implementation;
  2. Promote, assist and, where appropriate, undertake scientific and technological research and development in areas identified as vital to the country's development;
  3. Promote the development of indigenous technology and the adaptation and innovation of suitable imported technology, and in this regard, undertake technology development up to commercial stage;
  4. Undertake design and engineering works to complement research and development functions;
  5. Promote, assist and, where appropriate, undertake the transfer of the results of scientific and technological research and development to their end-users;
  6. Promote, assist and, where appropriate, undertake the technological services needed by agriculture, industry, transport, and the general public;
  7. Develop and maintain an information system and databank on science and technology;
  8. Develop and implement programs for strengthening scientific and technological capabilities through manpower training, infrastructure and institution-building;
  9. Promote public consciousness in science and technology; and
  10. Undertake policy research, technology assessment, feasibility and technical studies.

List of the Secretaries

Organizational Structure

The Department is headed by the Secretary of Science and Technology (Philippines), with the following four undersecretaries and three assistant secretaries

  • Undersecretary for Scientific and Technological Services
  • Undersecretary for Research and Development
  • Undersecretary for Regional Operations
  • Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change
  • Assistant Secretary for Finance and Legal Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation
  • Assistant Secretary for Administration


Collegial and Scientific Bodies

Sectoral Planning Councils

Research and Development Institutes

Scientific and Technological Services


See also


  1. "Department of Budget and Management FY2019" (PDF). DBM. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  2. "DOST-SEI History". DOST-SEI Scholars Online. DOST-SEI Scholars Online Community. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  3. "The DOST in Brief". Department of Science and Technology. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
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