National Scientist Lourdes N. Cruz led a group of academicians involved in promoting more research activities in the academe in a two-day seminar workshop that was aimed at upgrading research and performance evaluation. Spearheaded by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST-DOST), the seminar was held at the Philippine Carabao Center at the Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija last April 29-30, 2014. It was attended by more than 60 research managers and staff from different state colleges and universities and private institutions of learning in Region III.
Lecturers included Acd. Marco Nemesio Montano of the UP-Diliman Marine Science Institute who discussed ethics in R&D; Dr. Franco Teves of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, who gave a lively discussion on scientific mentoring and formation of research groups. He also conducted a workshop on writing scientific articles for publication.
Other speakers were Dr. Roberto Pagulayan of the Angeles University Foundation, who discussed research performance evaluation in the academe; Dr. Eric Palacpac of the Philippine Carabao Center, who lectured on the R&D process flow at PCC.
Ms. Maridon Sahagun also presented the DOST-GIA program which could be a source of funding for R&D projects that are aligned with identified DOST priorities.
The importance of patents and utility model registration in R&D was also emphasized. This was discussed by Mr. Jerry Serapion of the Philippine Rice Research Institute.
The two-day seminar gave the participants an overview of the current state of R&D activities in the country. It was noted that the Philippines, with its high number of PhD graduates in the academe lags behind the other ASEAN neighbors in terms of research outputs which is an important contributor to economic development. Thus, the participants were encouraged to do more collaborative research to maximize resources.