Dr. Anthony C. Sales, DOST XI Regional Director and NSTEP Mindanao I Lead, presents his journey on the development of SETI SDGs Scorecard.
The National Research Council of the Philippines hosted a capacity development webinar entitled “Aligning your research to SDGs using SETI” to NRCP Members last February 21, 2022; 9AM-12PM via Zoom. The Science, Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (SETI) SDGs Scorecard was developed by DOST Region XI and the HELP Davao Network as part the Asia-Pacific Facility for Accelerating Science and Technology (AP-FAST) Project in the Davao Region entitled “Fostering Partnerships in Accelerating SETI Frameworks Towards the Attainment of SDGs in Southern Philippines” and through the support of UNESCO. It was created as a tool to assess the contribution of SETI Projects in the attainment of SDGs in Region XI. In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. The Philippines is one of the UN member-states that has committed to achieve the 17 SDGs by 2030.
Dr. Leslie Michelle M. Dalmacio, GB Research and Development Committee Chair and NRCP Division of Medical Sciences Chair, delivered the Welcome Message. Dr. Anthony C. Sales, DOST XI Regional Director and NSTEP Mindanao I Lead, shared his journey on AP-FAST project. The Scorecard provides governments, institutions, organizations several measures on the evaluation of contributions to sustainable development goals, targets, and indicators. According to Dr. Anthony C. Sales, the Scorecard is an “enabling tool which provides users an instrument where they can explicitly express the detailed contribution of each of their respective projects’ outputs toward the attainment of SDGs.” The Scorecard can serve as a guide to SETI champions, funding institutions, policy makers, and other stakeholders in defining and evaluating the relevance of all SETI Projects in the global goal of sustainability.
Dr. Ruth U. Gamboa, University of the Philippines Mindanao Professor and NRCP Biological Sciences Member, oriented and provided Scorecard guidelines to the NRCP Members. The Scorecard Application for proposed and completed projects was introduced by Dr. Della Grace G. Bacaltos, Davao del Sur State College Professor and NRCP Biological Sciences Division Member.
Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay, NRCP Executive Director, also delivered a talk on the National Integrated Basic Research Agenda (NIBRA) projects that are aligned with SDGs. The NIBRA prioritizes fundamental research in support of the Philippine Development Plan, the National Security Plan, and the Science for Change Program led by the Department of Science and Technology. An Open Forum was conducted to conclude the event (Ledger Clemente, NRCP).