Aquino to Adopt P50-B 6-Year R & D Plan
MANILA, Philippines - The Aquino Administration has committed to adopt a six-year Research and Development Priorities Plan (RDPP) with estimated P50-billion investment requirements to jumpstart long-term technology-based enterprises in seven priority sectors.The seven sectors, identified through surveys and other methods by the Philippine Coordinating Council for Research and Development (PCCRD), are food and agriculture, health, energy, environment, disaster management and risk reduction, electronics, and manufacturing.Integrated with these, the RDPP also covers three enabling technology fields--biotechnology, information and communication technology (ICT), and nanotechnology.The national government is believed to be pouring in money for the RDPP after an initial approval from Aquino, according to Department of Science and Technology (DoST) Undersecretary Fortunato T. de la Pena."We got a reaffirmation that he (Aquino) will adopt it. We already have a go-signal from (DOST) Secretary (Mario) Montejo. Money should be invested in these sectors. An investment program will be drafted," said de la Pena in an interview at the Filippinovation third anniversary celebration.The RDPP has employed the Delphi technique to survey experts' perception on what government should prioritize based on market, resources …
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Publication information: Article title: Aquino to Adopt P50-B 6-Year R & D Plan. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Manila Bulletin. Publication date: November 28, 2010. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.
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