SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY, RESEARCH and DEVELOPMENT

1. Call for bigger budget for R&D:

“I have repeatedly raised the issue of the minuscule budgetary allocation for research and development (R&D) in the national budget year in, year out – an average of, lo and behold, 0.4% of the annual budget from 2016 to 2020, including 0.39% for 2020. For the same five-year period, the DOST’s average budget is only P20 billion or a meager 0.56% against the trillions of pesos that we pass every year as our national budget. This, even as I consistently amended the budget measure by augmenting the budgets of the Department of Science and Technology and its programs. For 2020, I sought a P50M increase for NICER, P100M increase for STAMINA4Space and a P100M increase for CRADLE; as well as P537.991M for UPLB’s National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.”

“Had our homegrown scientists been given the much-needed additional budgetary support for R&D, who knows how much more they can contribute? As it is, by not supporting them adequately, we’re wasting their talents and opportunities to help our nation.”

2. We should develop our own R&D instead of relying on ‘Google shopping’:

“Kung kailangan ng kagamitan, ang R&D natin Google. Noong Chief PNP ako meron tayong directorate for R&D tapos pag may kailangan Google kayo para mag-shopping.”

“Di ba dapat harness tayo sariling kakayahan para export ang invention natin? Ang scientist natin nasa ibang bansa kasi walang suporta ang gobyerno.”

3. Championing R&D budget:

* Support to the University of the Philippines-Los Baños-National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH) (P537,991,000). BIOTECH has evolved into a premier research and development (R&D) institution for basic and applied research on molecular biology and biotechnology. Hence, it is imperative that in this day and age of Artificial Intelligence and Biotechnology, BIOTECH’s continuing effort to modernize and improve its operations in accordance with its mandate should be supported.

While the FY 2020 appropriations carry in whole the amendments for the University of the Philippines-Los Baños-National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH), which were unfortunately tagged “For Later Release” and realigned for COVID-19 response, only a total of P75 Million was accepted out of P537 Million recommendation for 2021.

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