The Philippines has inched four notches upwards and now ranks 50th in the 2020 Global Innovation Index (GII), which ranks 131 world economies based on innovative capabilities.
Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña noted that despite the pandemic, the country was able to show that innovation through research and development (R&D) “is the key to survival and success in the new environment”.
DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara, for her part said that “with the high marks achieved by the country in the latest GII, R&D provides us the opportunity to change and mold the shape of our country’s recovery from the pandemic.”
The two officials have underscored that DOST’s main strategy, the Science for Change Program (S4CP), identifies the areas that need enhanced R&D investments and innovations.
The S4CP “provides an enabling platform where government, academic, and industry players in the country collectively pursue market-oriented research that directly addresses the needs of specific sectors,” Guevara said.
DOST said the Philippines’ Innovation Input ranking improved to 70th in 2020, from its 76th spot in 2019 and 86th in 2018. The country’s Innovation Output ranking, on the other hand, inched up to 41st in 2020, from 42nd in 2019 and 68th in 2018.
DOST attributed the improved rankings to investment in R&D, improving human resources, and the establishment of research centers and laboratories.
In 2019, the Philippines’ ranking (54th) in the GII was up 19 notches from its previous ranking of 73 in 2018.
This year’s GII was jointly published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.