The Department of Science of Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) carries the theme “Building Partnerships for Public Good” to celebrate its 86th anniversary on December 10, 2019 at Pandanggo Hall, The Manila Hotel, Manila. NRCP is the first research council of the Philippines founded on December 8, 1933.

The NRCP, through the efforts and initiatives of its Governing Board, has been engaging partners in various public – private partnerships whose objectives are focused for public good. This include the conceptualization of programs that touch people’s lives and create more empowered communities that also equal opportunities.

More than 60 government, private and public partner agencies and institutions have contributed to the attainment of NRCP’s mandates through projects, services, events, activities, and initiatives. To reaffirm its theme, a signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will take center stage. This signals the resolve of NRCP to maintain its partners and forge new partnerships as it continues its goal in leading frontier research and giving solutions in terms of new knowledge generation, research or evidence-based policy recommendations as well as developing social technologies resulting from the fusion of science and the arts. Four agencies representing a local government unit (Municipality of Mogpog, Marinduque), academe (Saint Paul University and Saint Genevieve School of Pateros), and the private sector (The Red Ribbon Project for Care Management) will be signing a MOA for the sharing of resources in terms of technical expertise, technical consultations, and capacity development and to work hand in hand with DOST-NRCP for project proposals, coordination, documentation and engagement in programs as appropriate.

NRCP is unique since it is the only council mandated to promote and support fundamental or basic research. It serves as trailblazer for further or advanced research and in generating new knowledge in its 13 scientific divisions that include the Humanities, Social Sciences and Governmental, Educational and International Policies. The other divisions of NRCP are Mathematical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry, Engineering and Industrial Research, Physics, Chemical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Earth and Space Sciences.

This year’s celebration is also highlighted by the giving of recognition to personnel who have served the council from 10-20 years.

Since creation in 1933, the NRCP with its 144 pioneering members, participated in the drafting of provisions strengthening science in the country along with civil service and industry in the 1934 Philippine Constitution. Today, the NRCP members have increased to over 4,000 highly-trained scientists and researchers that do pioneering researches.