By Estrella Z. Gallardo
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in order to promote further the products and results in government funded research and development (R&D), on April 3, 2019 held the 4th National Research and Development conference (NRDC 2019) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) , CCP Complex in Pasay City.
Adopting the theme “Harmonized R&D towards accelerated National Growth and Prosperity,” NRDC aims to bring to the public the products/result of R&D funded by all government funding agencies such as Commission on Higher education (CHED), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and DOST.
The event highlighted the importance of technology transfer to ensure that research and development results would contribute to social and economic development.
Twenty-four experts from the Agriculture, Academe, food industry and pharmaceutical sectors converged in said event to present the products and results of their research through a laymanized type of lecture.
At the helm of the event are DOST officials Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, Under Secretary for R&D Rowena Cristina L. Guevara and Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation Leah J. Buendia (who is one of the 24 experts to present in the 4th NRDC) discussed science and technology initiatives in the international landscape.
“I am very pleased that the other government funding agencies have joined us in organizing this event,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña. “Banking on the goals of Ambisyon Natin 2040, the NRDC, clearly signifies the willingness and readiness of those of us in the government to work together in stimulating the country’s progress and accelerating development,. We also recognize the support of our partners from the academe and the private sector in pursuing this worthwhile endeavor.”
Through the NRDC the research and development efforts of government institutions in collaboration with universities and research and development institutions are given the opportunity to convene and harmonize their shared objectives to ensure effective implementation and maximize benefit to the Filipino people.
The 4th NRDC, spearheaded by the DOST is a regular national centerpiece of all government funding agencies and R&D institutes in compliance with the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009 with the progress of promoting multi-disciplinary, joint, and cross collaboration in R&D agenda and priorities. (MegaManila Science Journalists)