The Masbate Provincial Science and Technology Center is the implementing arm of the Department of Science and Technology, Regional Office No. V. Together with other PSTC's nationwide, the Masbate-PSTC was created through RA 6959 on 31 July 1990, three years after the regional offices were created by virtue of Executive Order No. 128.
Technology Transfer and Commercialization
1. Coco coir production
2. Ropes and Geo-textiles Production
3. Citronella Oil Production
4. Fine Jewelry Making
5. Solar Salt Production
6. Isdang Pang Masa
7. Certified Rice Seed Production
8. Crop-Livestock Integration
9. Lapu-Lapu Culture
Other S&T Services
1. Consultancy Services
2. Technology Training/Demonstration
3. CAPE, MSTAP
4. Science Education Promotion
Masbate is one of the provinces in the Bicol Region. Located in the central part of the Philippine archipelago, Masbate is the gateway of Luzon to Cebu and Panay Islands. By plane, it takes one hour and twenty-minutes ride to Manila and twelve hour by ship to Cebu.
Masbate is located within fishing polygon of the country: Sama Sea, in the Northeast; Ticao Pass, in the east; Burias Pass and Sibuyan Sea, in the South. Likewise, the province is within the regular course of motor vessels regularly plying the Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao route.
Composed of three big islands – Masbate, Ticao and Burias, the province is politically divided into 21 municipalities, 3 congressional districts and 550 barangays. It has a total land area of 404,707 hectares, which is roughly 23% of the Bicol Region.
The economy of Masbate is predominantly agriculture. Recent statistics shows that agriculture and fishery sectors continued to be the primary sources of income and employment of the people. The agricultural land comprises 93% of the total land area of the province. Perennial trees and vines occupy 132,567 has.; cultivated annual crops 53,191 has.; irrigated rice 4,943 has and pasture area 187,472 has. Among the agricultural crops, the coconut served as the primary source of livelihood and income of the people. Copra production is estimated to be 60,000 MT per year amounting to P540 Million. The potential of livestock production lies in the cattle industry. Masbate has a vast tract of land deal for livestock production. Latest survey shows that the province has a total cattle production of about 65,000 heads. Aside from crops and livestock the fishery sector also provides a substantial contribution to the local economy. Average annual assorted fishery production is estimated to be 303,826.80 MT.
Masbate is considered as one of the richest mineral area in the country. Gold, copper, silver, iron, manganese, limestone and chromate deposits abound in most parts of the province. The largest mining establishments operating (would be operating) are the Base Metal Inc. (gold) in Aroroy and (Ticao Island Cement Corporation) in Monreal.
Trading is the dominant economic activity in most part of the province. Copra, cattle, and aquamarine products are regularly shipped-out to Metro Manila, Cebu, Batangas, Lucena and neighboring islands. Selected commodities such as shrimps, prawns, mud crabs, scallops and mollusks are exported abroad.