PH’s innovation ecosystem ‘brimming’ with opportunity and growth – Manila Bulletin

With the establishment of 37 new innovation hubs, the Philippine innovation ecosystem is full of opportunities and growth, said the Philippine Council for Research and Development of Industry, Energy and Emerging Technologies of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD).

(Screenshot from DOST-Science for Change program)

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr Enrico C. Paringit expressed confidence that research and development (R&D) centers or niche centers in regions or NICER will accelerate science, technology and innovation ( STI) in the country.

“With these cutting-edge NICERs, we are confident that the Philippine innovation ecosystem is full of opportunities and growth, as these facilities stimulate the key elements of the ecosystem, which are human capital and education, creation and transfer of knowledge, entrepreneurship and collaboration. “, he declared in his message during the first NICER summit which was held on December 3rd.

The virtual event is anchored on the theme “Accelerating STI in the country through regionally inclusive R&D”.

For industry, energy and emerging technologies, 12 niche centers were showcased as part of DOST-PCIEERD’s contribution to the thriving innovation ecosystem of the Philippines.

“They will deliver technologies that meet our challenges for affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, disaster risk reduction and climate action, and innovations in the industry,” said Paringit.

The 12 NICERs include the Center for Renewable Energies at Ateneo University in Davao; Center of Advanced Materials of the University of Santo Tomas for clean energy technologies using indigenous materials; Philippine Institute of Technology R&D Center for Advanced Batteries; Cagayan State University Electric Mobility R&D Center; Rizal Technological University Astronomical R&D Center; University of the Cordilleras Mountain Engineering Research and Development Center; University of the Philippines – Cebu Environmental Computing Center; Coastal Engineering R&D Center of Mariano Marcos State University; Laguna State Polytechnic University Center for the Sustainable Development of Lakes; Isabela State University Smart Water Infrastructure R&D Center; Mindanao State University – Center for Sustainable Polymers at Iligan Institute of Technology; and the Environmental Technologies and Compliance R&D Center at Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Paringit said DOST is unveiling 37 new NICERs, DOST-PCIEERD expressed hope that “more Filipinos will be inspired to explore various fields of science and eventually become part of the S&T community.”

“With the NICER program, the strength of each region can support development across the country,” he said.

“We encourage you all to work with us and establish your own niche centers to help build the nation. “




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