At least 355 new members of the National Research Council of the Philippines received an orientation on the NRCP, its programs and activities, and the privileges and responsibilities of being a member of the Council, which was hosted by the Technical Capacity Development Section on 2 March 2021 via Zoom.


The aim of this new-member orientation is to engage new members as quickly as possible after they have been admitted as Council members, and to orient them to the various ways to get actively involved in NRCP activities, and increase the appreciation of the value of being an NRCP member.

NRCP President Gregorio E.H. Del Pilar shared an extensive background on the mandates of NRCP being the country’s advisory body to the government and the agency tasked to support and nurture the conduct of basic research in the country. He also informed the group that NRCP has passed a Bill to strengthen NRCP and carrying out its expanded mandates. 

On the other hand, Dr. Geraldo S. Petilla, chief of NRCP’s Finance and Administration Division, gave a personal touch on the aspect of membership and that is how members can create value and meaning to the Council.

“We need to find value not only as member of the Council but also as a Filipino by taking NRCP membership as an opportunity to serve the community and the country,” stresses Dr. Petilla.

The second part of the program gave members the opportunity to meet and get acquainted with their Division Chairpersons who welcomed the new members and shared what’s in store for the Divisions for 2021.

This activity is the Council’s first ever new-member orientation as more new members are coming in as a result of the Council’s recent initiatives such as the Regional Basic Research Caravan and the NRCP National S&T Expert’s Pool, which tap researchers from the regions to become part of the national network of experts. As of date, NRCP holds over 4,900 member-scientists, researchers, engineers, and artists distributed throughout the country.

NRCP Executive Director Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay said that with the growing NRCP family, “we will not only bring Philippines to higher rank of global competitiveness index but to greater engagement in the community and government… to where science is needed most.”

The new members also received a briefing on the upcoming oath taking ceremonies to be held during the Council’s upcoming Annual Scientific Conference and 88th General Membership Assembly on March 10, 2021, in which 305 Associate Members and 133 Regular Members will be sworn in.