On January 30,1987, the then National Science and Technology Authority (NSTA) was re-organized into the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), paving the way for the creation of DOST Regional Offices throught the country.
The Cordillera Administrative Region was created by virtue of Executive Order 220, 1987, consisting of the provinces of Abra, Benguet, Mt. Province (formerly from Region I), Ifugao, Kalinga-Apayao (formerly from Region II) . This was followed by the establishment of the DOST-CAR regional office through Administrative Order No. 36 and 180, series of 1987.
On July 31, 1990, the Provincial Science and Technology Centers (PSTCs) were created through RA 6959. DOST-CAR has established its PSTCs in Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga-Apayao, and Mountain Province in December 1991.
The last PSTC to be added is the Apayao S&T Center when the former province of Kalinga-Apayao was split into two in February 1995, through RA 7878.
The DOST-CAR performs the following functions:
1. Identify the needs and opportunities in science and technology in the region.
2. Implement DOST programs and projects through:
a. technology transfer and commercialization
b. information dissemination
c. testing, analysis, and consultancy services
d. training, promotion, and education
e. manpower development and institution building.
3. Develop institutional linkages and coordinate with regional offices of other departments, local government units, academe, and non-government offices in the region.
To pursue comprehensive and sustainable science and technology programs geared towards the development of livelihood opportunities and improvement of the quality of life in the Cordilleras.
Executive Order No. 128 mandates that the DOST shall provide central direction, leadership and coordination of scientific and technological efforts and ensure that the results therefrom are geared and utilized in areas of maximum and social benefits for the people. DOST-CAR, as an implementing arm of the Department shall: a. Carry out the science and technology policies, plans, programs and projects, laws, rules, regulations. b. Provide S & T services to the people. c. Coordinate with other government agencies and with local government units in the region on S & T matters.