Participants in the 2nd Public Management Development Program (PMDP) Leadership Conference held recently were treated to an informative session about the breakthroughs in the country in science and technology. This was provided by no less than Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato "Boy" de la PeAa, a PMDP faculty member himself who spoke before close to 300 public managers and executives at the event held at the Development Academy of the Philippines Conference Center in Tagaytay City.
De la PeAa, conscious of the public's lack of awareness of the work of the DOST, took the opportunity at the leadership conference to inform and update the participants of the work that his department is doing. He told his audience that in the area of research and development, the DOST has addressed pressing concerns as well as potentials in the areas of health, agriculture, and process industries.
One important contribution that De la PeAa cited is the department's program in the field of health called "Tuklas Lunas: Drug Discovery and Development," which engages all its major partner universities across the country to discover and enhance herbal medicine as cure for different ailments. One such endeavor was the discovery in the late 1980s of the medicinal shrub "lagundi," which was a big commercial success. Having been bought by Pascual Laboratories, this has earned for the government a lot of royalty income.
In terms of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, the DOST Secretary disclosed that his agency has allotted a big percentage of its budget to the area of undertaking various researches and development. He also reported that next year's budget for the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) would be higher by 500 percent. This he said will help the agency intensify its implementation of projects that address the issue of safety from natural disasters, among others, through accurate mapping and assessment.
Delving into his department's work in technology transfer as a way of applying the many researches that it has undertaken, De la PeAa discussed various initiatives where new equipment is being used particularly in the field of industry. One such endeavor is the hybrid road train for the Philippine National Railways that the DOST is currently working on to acquire an international certification for.
The Secretary also shared with his audience the support that his agency provides to small enterprises and communities in various regions as a way of improving their socio-economic conditions. He capped off the discussion of his department's significant contributions by reporting that with the recently-opened two science high schools in the MIMAROPA Region and Zamboanga Peninsula, all 16 regions now have one campus that provides an advanced curriculum in science and mathematics and a scholarship in such a course to all its students.
One of the main speakers
De la PeAa was actually one of the main speakers in the conference along with Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno and National Economic and Development Authority Director-General Ernesto Pernia.
The PMDP, which has graduated nearly 500 executives, is an intensive, multi-modal training program that aims to produce a corps of public managers that embody competence, integrity and commitment. It is the Philippine government's career executive service development program that is being overseen by a steering committee composed of the NEDA, the Department of Budget and Management, the Department of Finance, the Civil Service Commission, and the Career Executive Service Board. The implementing agency of the PMDP is the DAP.
Meanwhile, the PMDP is now accepting nominations for Batches 14 and 15 of its Middle Managers Class opening on February 17, 2017 and April 28, 2017, respectively.
Source: Philippine Information Agency