DOST eyes to lead innovation in 2021

Science and Technology

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) aspires to lead in innovation by example in 2021 and beyond.

DOST Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) executive director Enrico Paringit said “this can be done by embracing adaptability and agility in the way we serve our partners and clients,” and they are rolling out systems to improve customer experience.

He said PCIEERD’s total quality management encourages transparency, integrity, and accountability. “Researchers or proponents could access the status of their proposal review in real-time,” he added.

Paringit shared that the PCIEERD has been optimizing its budget by ensuring that proposed projects have possible  adopters and end-users, and they have rolled out technology transfer to make sure technologies become more accessible to the people.

Recently, PCIEERD live streamed “A Decade of Innovation: PCIEERD’s 10-Year Journey of Making Innovation Work for the People” via its Facebook to showcase some of its past projects.

As a planning council of the DOST,

PCIEERD was founded in June 2010 as DOST’s planning council. It is consolidation of the Philippine Council for Industry and Energy Research and Development (PCIERD) and the Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development (PCASTRD).

Paringit noted that communications-wise, “people do not usually understand or appreciate science and technology breakthroughs, and we need science outputs to be more understandable to the public.”

Despite their limited budget, he said their “capacity to do research is increasing as there are now more MS (Master of Science) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) graduates who can contribute to the innovation ecosystem. We need to make them productive and satisfy their curiosity. We need them to help solve our problems,” he said.

From a budget of PHP613 million in 2020, Paringit said he requested PHP1 billion for his office for 2021, but it seems PCIEERD would only get PHP712 million for next year, even as they have received 700 proposals in the 2020 Call for Proposals for 2021 implementation.

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