DEPARTMENT of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña on December 18 challenged DOST researchers to produce more Intellectual Property (IP) patents.
He said producing more research papers for publication is good.
“(But) I would encourage more IP patents than publications,” said de la Peña.
The DOST chief also reiterated his statement about the importance of research and development (R&D) projects and making sure these research outputs are providing benefits to the people and the country.DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña (in Barong Tagalog, seated) is joined by other DOST officials and awardees at DOST-NAST Intellectual Property Award, PICC, Pasay City. (EKU)
“Who are benefiting from the research? I am echoing the questions of legislators,” he added. “Over the 30 years you were being supported, what have you given back to the country?
De la Peña spoke at the 2018 Intellectual Property (IP) Awards conducted by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), an attached agency of the DOST, at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.
The awards consist of the International Publication Award and the Granted Patent/Utility Model Registration Award.
Awardees coming from the different agencies of the DOST and their guests attended the event.
The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) topped the award for international publication with 19 published papers; while the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) took the award for Utility Models with seven granted.
For their achievements as an agency, PNRI and FNRI each won Php50,000 aside from the prestige of being recognized as the top producers in the two categories.Awards for most number of papers, Utility Model registrations
Headed by Dr. Carlo A. Arcilla, director, and Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, director, respectively, of PNRI and FNRI, the two DOST attached agencies got the recognition for garnering the highest number of cumulative awards received individually by their employees.
Each DOST employee who have published internationally in referred journals — either Thomson Reuters (erstwhile ISI) or Scopus-listed journals received Php60,000; for technology generators who were able to patent their technologies they got Php80,000 each.
For registered Utility Model, the cash prize is Php15,000 each.
De la Peña traced back the history of the NAST’ IP Award since 2013, citing the number of awardees from each DOST agency.
PNRI and FNRI have been topping awards from 2013 to 2018, while some agencies did not have any awardee.
The DOST secretary lauded the agencies for their achievements in 2018 as they registered 53 International Publications.
“Sana bago dumating ang 2020 meron na tayo 100 outputs,” he said. (Hopefully, before 2020 arrives we will have 100 outputs.)
For published papers, there were 30 in 2013 (first year of the award); 2014 — 25; 2015 — 26; 2016 — 20; 2017 — 22; and 2018 — 53.
For Utility Models, there were 26 granted in 2014 (first year of award); 2015 — 9; 2016 — 2; 2017 — 18; and 2018 — 13.
NAST said the awards are covered by the DOST-funded project titled “Evaluation and Improvement of the Research Publication and IP Productivity of the DOST R&D Institutes.
In 2013 the DOST and the NAST PHL started bestowing incentives for internationally published researches as part of the project. Later it added granted patents and registered UM models of DOST technology generators.
“This project supports the DOST’s goal of developing and improving the quality of R&D projects in the country and monitoring/evaluation of their R&D results. It also envisions the improvement of the pool of scientific knowledge to help advance science and technology (S&T) in the country,” the NAST said.
PhilAAST recognition and awards
Meanwhile, the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PhilAAST) paid tribute to six outstanding scientists for 2018.
The scientists who received the PhilAAST award are Dr. Rosalinda Torres and Dr. Marissa Paglicawan for the Gregorio Zara Award for Basic Science and Research and Applied Science Research, respectively; Dr. Rody Sy for the Dr. Paulo Campos Award for Health Research; Dr. Artemio Salazar for the Leads Agri Award for Agricultural Research; Dr. Elmer Dadios for the David M. Consunji Award for Engineering Research; and Eng’r Ricardo Balog for the Mario Cruel Award for Advanced Engineering Technology Application.
It handed the awards during the 67th PhilAAST Annual Convention on September 20-21 held at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Auditorium in Diliman, Quezon City.
The PhilAAST event revolved around the theme, “Engaging the Youth in Science, Technology and Innovation.” (EKU)