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 Last August 15, the National Research Council of the Philippines - Technical Capacity Development Section (NRCP - TCDS) held, via zoom, a special MAP Orientation: An Introduction to NRCP Membership and Application Procedures, with the heads and representatives of three academic institutions: the Apayao State College; the Guimaras State University; and the Don Jose Ecleo Memorial Foundation College of Science and Technology in Dinagat Islands.

The MAP Orientation allows researchers to learn about the Council, its mandates and how NRCP membership can help advance their career as researcher along with the privileges and opportunities that come with being an NRCP Member.

To date, there are NRCP members in 78 out of 81 provinces in the Philippines. NRCP Executive Director, Dr, Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay, has given a marching order to TCDS to aim for an “all-provinces-with-an-NRCP member” target by August 2022. This orientation is specially conducted for the last three “no-NRCP-member-provinces” of Apayao, Guimaras, and Dinagat islands.

Dr. Geraldo S. Petilla, Chief of NRCP Finance and Administration Division, presented A Glimpse of NRCP’s History and Milestones. He also talked about the role of NRCP members in shaping the country’s growth and development.

On the other hand, Dr. Marian P. de Leon, Chair of the NRCP Division of Biological Sciences and GB Membership Committee shared some slides about NRCP as research council and collegial body.

Ms. Kim Glaiza Wong, TCDS Science Research Specialist II, discussed the criteria and requirements to be an NRCP Member including the benefits and responsibilities of being a member. She mentioned that being an NRCP Member, s/he can enjoy one or more of the following benefits: funding support to research projects aligned with the National Integrated Basic Research Agenda (NIBRA); thesis or dissertation manuscript grants; expert engagement or consultancy opportunity; and other capacity or professional development support. The Council also provides recognition to members who attained notable contributions to the advancement of their respective fields.

NRCP MAP Orientation is one of the Council’s efforts to expand its membership throughout the country and provide equal opportunities for research and career growth enhancement especially to researchers outside the National Capital Region.

NRCP is the country’s first collegial body, created in 1933 by virtue of Act 4120 to serve as scientific advisory body to the government on matters of national interests.  (Ledger Clemente, NRCP).