The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will be presenting the draft harmonised Research and Development (R&D) agenda for the Philippines for 2017 to 2022 at the National R&D Conference on 15 February 2017.
The draft agenda is based on the outputs from the first National R&D Conference in October 2016. The 11 areas/strategies included in the agenda, as identified by DOST Secretary Fortunato De La Peña at the event, are:
- R&D for addressing pressing problems on health self-sufficiency, food and nutrition, priority agricultural commodities, transport and mobility, national security, and human security;
- R&D for promoting productivity, responsible mining, and science and technology (S&T) for creative, tourism and service industries;
- R&D for tapping and managing resource potentials (responsible mining, energy source, biodiversity and sustainable development);
- R&D for technology application across sectors for the benefit of the people, such as artificial intelligence and space technology;
- R&D for climate change and disaster risk reduction (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Modernisation Law, technical advisory services, and disaster preparedness and risk reduction);
- Maximising the use of R&D results through transferring technology and/or commercialising it.
- R&D for assisting the production sector;
- R&D for upgrading facilities and improving S&T services. Strengthening R&D and S&T services in the region through infrastructure, facilities, human resource development, and R&D funding;
- Human resource development for S&T;
- Leveraging institutions in the regions, particularly, state universities and colleges (SUCs) who do R&D and develop human resources in S&T; and
- Collaborating with industry, academe, and international institutions.
The national R&D agenda will serve as guide for DOST in unifying all the R&D projects and initiatives in the country. It will also ensure that the results of these activities will be used to improve the socio-economic conditions of the Filipinos.
In addition, the R&D agenda is anchored on the 10-Point Socioeconomic Agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration, and in line with the Philippine Development Plan "AmBisyon Nation 2040".
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