The National Academy of Science and Technology, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology Region 6 organized the Regional Seminar Workshop on Research Upgrading and Performance Evaluation in Iloilo City last May 22 and 23, 2014. It was attended by researchers and research administrators in the region. The workshop is part of the DOST-funded NAST PHL Project entitled “Evaluation and Improvement of the Research Publication and IP Productivity of the DOST R&D Institutes.” The workshop aims to gather research and development stakeholders to create points of action for region-based research and development initiatives. Through the workshop, various research and development opportunities were discussed.
Director Rowen R. Gelonga of DOST Region 6 welcomed the participants and underscored the importance of enabling researchers to develop technologies that will benefit commercial initiatives. Further, Director Gelonga stressed that collaboration amongst the region’s researchers is vital for inclusive growth and development.
The current thrust of DOST is to provide science-based tools for socio-economic development; in this sense, the need for better research and technology generation poses a challenge for local researchers.
NAST PHL Director, Ms. Luningning E. Samarita-Domingo gave the background of the project along with the workshop objectives. The participants were encouraged to actively participate in the various workshop activities. In alignment with the DOST Research and Development Research Agenda, the workshop outputs are to be used to create both the regional and national research and development action plans. Director Domingo also discussed the various opportunities available through the programs and projects being implemented by the Academy.
The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL), through its Engineering Sciences and Technology Division (ESTD), chaired by Academician Reynaldo B. Vea conducted a forum on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Infrastructure on March 28, 2014 at Hyatt Hotel Manila. The forum focused on the long-term strategic development plan of the national ICT infrastructure to make the country more competitive, the people more innovative, and communities more resilient. Acd. William T. Torres, a member of NAST ESTD served as the focal person of the forum.
Invited experts were Acd. Torres, Acd. Jose B. Cruz, Jr., also a member of ESTD, Mr. Rolando Alarcon, secretary general of the Philippine Electronics and Telecommunications Federation, and Mr. Dondi Mapa of Microsoft Philippines who was a deputy commissioner of the Commission on Information and Communications Technoogy (now DOST-ICTO).
Acd. William G. Padolina, NAST President, welcomed the participants from the different public and private institutions. He said that ICT has increasingly become an important vehicle in our economy.
Acd. Torres emphasized the need to fix the ICT infrastructure in our country since improved infrastructure produces abundant benefits for the economy, environment, and social progress. He cited the three most problematic factors which have significantly affected the low ranking of the Philippines in the global competitiveness index, namely, corruption, bureaucracy, and infrastructure. He noted that if we do well in ICT, the initiative will also help improve the other infrastructure sectors.
Regional Seminar Workshop on Research Upgrading and Performance Evaluation held at the National Capital Region
The Regional Seminar Workshop on Research Upgrading and Performance Evaluation was conducted by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines, in partnership with the DOST National Capital Region last April 22 and 23, 2014 at the Traders Hotel Manila. The seminar workshop is one of the components of the DOST-funded NAST PHL project entitled “Evaluation and Improvement of the Research Publication and IP Productivity of the DOST R&D Institutes.” It aims to encourage researchers to take part in shaping regional research and development agenda through its workshops and to provide discussion on current research and development approaches and tools.
National Scientist Lourdes J. Cruz gave an overview of the project and its activities. She also gave the specific objectives of the regional seminar workshop and provided points to level off the expectations of the participants.
She reiterated that one of the goals in conducting the seminar workshop is to encourage the participants to publish scientific articles in internationally recognized journals. NS Cruz emphasized the need to prepare institution-specific efforts related to increasing the number of publications. Her presentation was followed by the presentation of Director Luningning E. Samarita-Domingo, who discussed the various programs and services being provided by NAST Philippines.
Various lecture presentations and workshops were also given and facilitated by reputable speakers. Academician Marco Nemesio E. Montaño, professor at the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines (UP)Diliman and NAST PHL Member, gave a lecture on Ethics in Research and Development. Acd. Montaño reminded the researchers to always be mindful of how they carry out research from its initial stage until article publication. He discussed ethical guidelines as well.