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Innovation Clusters, vital to national development - Sen. Edgardo Angara

Former President of the UP System Dr. Emerlinda Roman delivers speech for Senator Edgardo Angara

"Today, we know much more than we ever knew about the human body and the threats to it. We enjoy a wide range of technologies to facilitate discovery. As a result, new and unprecedented trends are emerging in the research arena," said Senator Edgardo J. Angara in his speech delivered by Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman, former President of the University of the Philippines (UP) System during the 30th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST).

According to Senator Angara, good research comes hand-in-hand with innovation. New information is put to use by innovation, and innovation opens doors to generate new information.


In Congress, the Congressional Commission on Science, Technology and Engineering (COMSTE), chaired by Senator Angara, is promoting a new, radical model for higher education which they call Innovation Clusters. Senator Angara reported that they were able to allocate about P300 million of the 2012 national budget to form and fund the Innovation Clusters – a consortium of academe, government and industry that aims to translate the latest research into results that are accessible to the common Filipino.

At present, five clusters were established in the following fields: Algae Research and Commercialization; Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Cloud Computing and Software as a Service (SaaS); Responsible Mining Technologies; Disaster Science and Management; and Precision Farming and Smart Agriculture.

Aside from these five innovation clusters, Senator Angara is also initiating the establishment of a Philippine Institute for Ageing with the assistance of Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.

“The road ahead of us and of the PCHRD in particular, stretches long. We have much to do in bringing Filipino research to the attention of the world at large – we need to provide more opportunities to publish, to cooperate with top institutions abroad, to forge exchanges of knowledge and information with our neighbors,” concluded Senator Angara.