Philippines’ innovation score leaps at 54

National, Science and Technology

From an unchanged innovation ranking in 2017 and 2018, the Philippines’ score jumped 19 places higher to 54 among 129 nations as revealed in the latest Global Innovation Index (GII): Creating Healthy Lives – The Future of Medical Innovation.

The GII 2019 is an annual publication by the INSEAD – the world’s leading and largest business schools and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), which rank countries by their capacity for, and success in, innovation.

Moreover, the ranking is composed of seven pillars including institutions, human capital and research, infrastructure, market sophistication, business sophistication, knowledge and technology outputs, and creative outputs.

It was noted that the Philippines has showed progress in almost all of the GII pillars except market sophistication which dropped 10 notches from 100 in 2018 to 110 in 2019.

The biggest improvements were seen in knowledge and technology outputs and creative outputs pillars with impressive movements from 49 in 2018 to 31 in 2019 and from 92 in 2018 to 63 in 2019, respectively.

Knowledge creation, impact, and diffusion comprised the knowledge and technology outputs pillar while intangible assets, creative goods and services, and online creativity comprised the creative outputs pillar.

In the recent dissemination of the GII 2018 results in May this year, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña said that the Department is taking deliberate steps in enhancing the country’s standing in scientific and technical publications, intellectual property (IP) filings, and innovation for entrepreneurship through technology.

The DOST’s efforts in science, technology, and innovation (STI), including its attached agencies, may have contributed to the increase in ranking of the country to the GII.

Particularly, the DOST through the Technology and Application and Promotion Institute’s (DOST-TAPI) Intellectual Property Rights Assistance Program (IPRAP) and Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) has helped spiked patent filings since 2014.

In 2018, the Institute has filed a total of 908 IP applications composed of patents, utility models, industrial designs, copyrights, and trademarks, including international filings under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

Patents, utility models, PCT patents, trademarks, and industrial designs by origin are some of the sub-pillars of the GII under knowledge and technology outputs and creative outputs.

Moreover, DOST-TAPI’s premiere programs in pre-commercialization and commercialization of technologies, such as Technology Innovation for Commercialization (TECHNICOM), Invention-Based Enterprise Development (IBED), and Venture Financing, move towards the improvement of the operations of the local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME).

With the Institute’s combined financial and technical assistance to inventors, startups, small and medium businesses, and technology incubates, the potentials of innovation linkages and knowledge workers and absorption is indicative of strength and source of income to Philippine innovation.

“Our STI initiatives have witnessed the commercialization of technologies encompassing multidisciplinary fields in health and nutrition, public health, education, agriculture and forestry, and the applied sciences, reaching to as much beneficiaries across the regions,” said DOST-TAPI Director Edgar I. Garcia.

He also mentioned that DOST-TAPI has provided relevant contributions not only in bringing economic stability and global innovation but also in addressing societal issues in almost every life stage of the Filipino population.

“We hope to further improve our ranking in the next GII and break into the Top 50 in 2020,” Garcia added. (DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service, PPCI)

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