Representatives from the academe, regional line agencies, government owned and controlled corporations, local government units, and the private sector gathered during the R&D Summit on May 30 at NEDA Region 5 and came up with a regional Research and Development (R&D) agenda. The R&D agenda shall serve as the guiding framework in identifying R&D topics that will support regional development. The summit was conducted by the R&D Committee of the Bicol Regional Development Council.
Researchers from the Bicol University, Ateneo de Naga University, and the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) presented four completed R&D research projects, namely: Sustainable Free-Range Management System for Camarines Strain Native Chicken; Characterization and Toxicological Evaluation of Guyabano Leaf Extract; Project 2.8.6 LIDAR Data Processing, Modelling and Validation; and the SAFE Project.
Ms. Joanaviva C. Plopenio of Ateneo de Naga University presenting the Project 2.B.6: LIDAR
The priority areas for research in the region focusing on agriculture, aquatic and natural resources, health, industry, energy and emerging technology, and basic researches were presented by Dr. Marissa Estrella of BCAARRD; Prof. Michael Montealegre of the Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD); Prof. Ruby Jane Gonzales of the Bicol Consortium for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (BCIEERD); and Dr. Raul Bradecina of Partido State University, respectively. Among the priority sector commodities for research are pili, scallops, pineapple, cacao, bamboo, banana, and natural fiber crops. Health research topics include health services, disaster risk reduction and climate change, food safety, environmental health, HIV/AIDS, and interventions to address lifestyle-related diseases. Product development and packaging, post-harvest equipment/machineries development, resiliency and sustainability initiatives are the areas identified under industry and emerging technology research. While basic research covers areas on biodiversity conservation, plant genetic research, bioactivity studies of plants and animal resources, social enterprise, ethnography, and traditional knowledge, among others.
Prof. Michael V. Montealegre of BCHRD presenting the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda
The formulation of the Regional R&D Agenda is one of the strategies under Chapter 14 of the Bicol Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 that will help achieve the sector outcome of enhancing the capacity for technology generation, acquisition and adoption. It is aligned with the Philippine Development Plan, the Regional Development Plan, and with the Harmonized National R&D Agenda of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The DOST Region 5, chair of the Bicol R&D Committee, spearheaded the one-day summit in cooperation with CHED Region 5 and the three research consortia, BCAARRD, BCIERD and BCHRD.