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UPD fêtes R&D partners

Dr. Rowena Guevara, former College of Engineering
dean and currently PCIEERD executive director,
accepts the trophy for DOSTsecretary Mario G.
Montejo. Flanking her are President Pascual (left),
Chancellor Saloma (right) and Dr. Pacheco.

(December 13) — As a National University, UP is expected to perform its role as the leading research university in the country by producing first-rate scientific researches and creative works.

However, this herculean task will not be realized without the continuing assistance and support of research and development (R&D) partners.

As a way of acknowledging and showing gratitude to UPD’s R&D partners in the past years, the Office of the Chancellor hosted a Christmas dinner called Pasasalamat 2012: A Celebration of Research Partnership. The dinner, held on December 7 at the Balay Tsanselor, was also a celebration of long-term partnership in R&D pursuits.

Fêted during the dinner were national agencies namely: Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

UP officials present the trophy to Department of
Energy Usec. Loreta G. Ayson (center). With Ayson
are Dir. Raquel Huligana (left) and Dir. Evelyn Reyes
(beside Dr. Pacheco).

CHED’s R&D program with UPD is the Science and Engineering Graduate Scholarship. The grant is for graduate students in the following discipline clusters: engineering, information technology, mathematics, and natural and physical sciences. Its ultimate goal is to create a pool of experts in academic institutions.

DA, on the other hand, supports projects that are in line with the National and Regional Integrated Research and Development Extension (RDE) Agenda and Program. It also provides funding support to researches that address current needs and problems of the agriculture and fisheries sectors.

To lessen the country’s dependence on imported oil and to provide cheaper and environment-friendly alternatives to fossil fuels, DOE is implementing the long-term Alternative Fuels Program. This program intends to tap the country’s domestic produce as viable sources of indigenous renewable energy, which will be the pillar of our country’s sustainable growth.

DOST is the biggest source of external funds for R&D at UPD. Three of its sectoral planning councils, specifically the Philippine Council for Industry Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARD) and the  Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), along with the National Research Council of the Philippines, which is also associated with the DOST, support the R&D programs and projects implemented by UPD. These projects aim to produce patentable inventions with industrial applications in various fields, in addition to academic publications and other copyrighted works.

Dr. Marco Nemesio E. Montaño receives the award
from UP officials on behalf of the Department of

The aggregate level of funding for UPD R&D increased significantly, Vice Chancellor for Research and Development Dr. Benito M. Pacheco said. From 2011 to 2012, the reported programs and projects funded by the Philippine government were estimated to total at more than P1 billion or approximately P502 million per year, compared to the 2005 to 2009 total funding which amounted to P595 million or approximately P120 million per year.

Pacheco also said that R&D partners graciously allowed incorporating the administrative cost or indirect costing for the R&D activities in the approved budgets. From 2011 to 2012, the administrative cost incorporated to the externally funded projects averaged 26 million pesos per year. The administrative costs for R &D activities are not part of UP’s annual budget for operation.

“By freeing up a part of the administrative MOOE and PS for externally funded projects, which is now incorporated in their own indirect or administrative budget, increased in the internal funding for R&D is made possible,” said Pacheco.

Dr. Henry Ramos accepts the trophy for the
Commission on Higher Education.

In 2012, internal funding for R&D projects through OVCRD is projected to exceed 21 million pesos, compared to annual average from 2005 to 2010, which was about 16 million pesos, he added.

PCIEERD executive director, Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, who accepted the plaque of appreciation on  behalf of DOSTsecretary Mario G. Montejo, said “DOST believes that UP is the main source of R&D personnel in the country, we will continue to support and partner with the University.”

Usec. Loreta G. Ayson of DOE received the plaque of appreciation, while Dr. Marco Nemesio E. Montaño and Dr. Henry Ramos represented DA and CHED, respectively.

At the event were UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, UPD Chancellor Dr. Caesar A. Saloma, UPD and UP System officials and UPD faculty members who are recipients of research grants. —ACG