The strength of the Research and Development (R&D) of the country reflects on the quality and quantity of the R&D produced by its research sectors, and this is what DOST is mandated—to assess the R&D of the private and public research sectors in the Philippines.
The DOST presented such strength in numbers in the recently concluded forum on R&D Statistics and Orientation for the 2015 DOST Survey on R&D Expenditures & Human Resources held at the DOST Caragain Ampayon, Butuan City on June 28, 2016.
“The forum aimed to know how the Philippines is doing in the past two years on the Research and Development aspect,” said Engr. Terencia B. Abarquez, Planning Officer of the Planning and Extension Services of DOST Central Office.
Engr. Abarquez reported the R&D Results and Statistics in the entire country from 2002-2013, as well as the data results for every region, particularly in CARAGA Region.
“We identify all those conducting regions, go to schools and agencies and ask for a data through a survey. The private industry is being done through sampling by the National Statistics Office so we only focus on the three other sectors (government agencies, SUCs, Private HEIs),” Abarquez added.
In the Philippines, an estimated 15 Billion of the total funds goes to the R&D, with a total of 0.14% of the total GDP. The CARAGA Region was estimated to spend 0.09% of its GDP to R&D. The most number of researchers focused on the Agricultural Sector, which was followed by the Engineering and Technology sector.
Statistical results suggested that the forum was also geared towards addressing gaps and issues in the data collection of the survey on the R&D Expenditures and Human Resources in Government Sector.
To initially address the gaps on data collection, Ms. Armela K. Razo of the DOST Central Office gave an orientation on the details of the questionnaire to the researchers of various Government Agencies, Public Higher Education Institution and State Universities and Colleges, and Private Higher Education Institution in CARAGA Region.
The survey on R&D is accomplished biennially by researchers of Government Agencies, State Universities and Colleges, and Private Higher Education Institutions.
The next survey on the R&D Expenditures and Human Resources will be carried out next year.