DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña opens the 3rd National R&D Conference on April 20, 2018 at the PICC.

The Department of Science and Technology successfully conducted the 3rd National R&D Conference featuring 23 exciting technologies and updates on the components of the Harmonized National R&D Agenda (HRNDA 2017-2022), namely: Basic Research; Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources; Health; Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology; and Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation on April 20, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City. 

The National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) presented its 2017 accomplishments and 2018 plans and programs.

Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay, NRCP Executive Director, discussed updates and accomplishments of NRCP’s National Integrated Basic Research Agenda (NIBRA) which is part of the HNRDA, from the trailblazing basic research breakthroughs such as the discovery of potential sources of antibiotics, lakes biomarkers, increasing farm productivity, resilient music of the indigenous people, productive mined-out areas and risk factors of teenage pregnancy associated with disaster. These breakthroughs are seen to contribute to inclusive growth, high-trust and resilient society and to a globally competitive knowledge economy.

DOST-NRCP Executive Director Marieta B. Sumagaysay engagingly presents updates on the projects of the Council under its National Integrated Basic Research Agenda (NIBRA).

The conference befitted its objective to articulate the country’s national priorities and serve as guide for public investment in R&D while ensuring a cohesive convergence and integration of R&D efforts towards the shared goal of inclusive socio-economic growth and a better life for Filipinos as various institutions successfully presented updates and accomplishments together with the showcasing of 23 promising researches and technologies that have been hailed as ready for adoption.

NRCP has provided government and private sectors’ scientific-based solutions and policy recommendations in addressing national pressing issues. Featuring its continued efforts, Dr. Sumagaysay presented the new basic researches that NRCP will embark this 2018 for  increasing farm productivity through avian influenza surveillance in the Philippines, ensuring water security, saving the lakes, enhancing adaptive capacities of communities through risk communication, strengthening the indigenous culture in music, dance, and narratives of Maguindanaon, Maranao, Ifugao, and the Visayans, and high throughput anti-cancer screening among others.

The components of NRCP’s NIBRA namely Sustainable Community (SAKLAW Program), Food and Nutrition Security (SAPAT Program), Water Security (TUBIG Program), Clean Energy (ALERT Program), Inclusive Nation Building (ATIN Program), Health Sufficiency (LIKAS Program) are the prioritized 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.

Featured completed NRCP-funded research was the bioremediation  protocol for mined-out areas of Dr. Nelly S. Aggangan, NRCP Member and Scientist 1 at the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH), UP-Los Baños.  The protocol will regreen the brown and barren mine tailing areas and reduce the community’s exposure to cancer-causing heavy metals.

The DOST hosted the first NRDC on 21 October 2016 to harmonize the country’s research and development priorities and align them with the thrusts and programs of the current administration.

The NRCP is one of the four (4) councils of the Department of Science and Technology composed of 13 Scientific Divisions with 4,130 scientists, researchers, and technologists. NRCP’s mandates are to promote and support fundamental or basic research and provide evidence- and research-based policy advisories on problems and issues of national interest.