NRCP acknowledges science and innovation as a gateway to transformation and central to scientific pursuit. What better springboard for the National Research Council of the Philippines to take part in recognizing the value and the contribution of researchers than to amplify voices and to support the efforts and gains of the scientific communities through platforms like a policy forum.

 On May 4, 2022, we witnessed the fruition of this mandate during the second episode of the Visayas Regional Policy Forum, “May Magandang Bukas mula sa Pagtuklas” that highlighted the research project of Engr. Christine Omela Ocampo on Water Security and Management of Public Water Wells in Cebu City. She is an Associate Member of the NRCP Division of Engineering and Industrial Research and a faculty member in the Engineering Department of Cebu Technological University – Danao Campus

NRCP holds policy forums in various regions of the country to share research results to its intended public: Youth (students and budding researchers), community members (heads of households), LGUs (elected officials), other government agencies and or departments (those related to the issues), and lawmakers (Representatives and Senators). It is held to solicit innovative ideas and opinions that may be useful in policy making for that will benefit the people, in this case, the water well users and providers of Cebu City.

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In photo: Engr. Christine Omela Ocampo, Associate Member, Division VII

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In photo: Engr. Ocampo and Dr. Sumagaysay during the discussion

During the discussion, Engr. Ocampo mentioned that her idea behind the project is the current situation of the Visayas region where access to safe and sufficient water remains a seasonal issue even in urban and coastal areas.

“Understanding the needs and perspectives of these public water well users gave me the motivation to do more, specifically in addressing their water-related issues and needs.”, she further added.

Meanwhile, DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña and Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara recognized the need to also listen to the communities, being a credible source of information and knowledge. They mentioned that to fuel greater innovation, the building and strengthening of different scientific communities that facilitate innovation must be invigorated.

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In photo: DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña and Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara delivering their messages

On one hand, DOST-NRCP Executive Director Dr. Marieta Bañez-Sumagaysay reiterated that the Council views research projects similar to Engr. Ocampo’s as a manifestation that the government can rely on scientific research in  order to attain the effective implementation of public sector projects.

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In photo: Dr. Sumagaysay thanking the participants

A total of 172 participants attended the telecast with 93 males and 76 females. The NRCP Mindanao Regional Policy Forum will be aired as the next episode of the talk show and will be streamed on May 12, 2022, via Zoom https://bit.ly/NRCPVisMinPolicyForum. (Venus Abigail Gutierez, SRS I).

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In photo: Participants of Visayas Policy Forum