National Unified Health Research Agenda
(2017-2022)

Introduction

The DOST, in consultation with government and private research and development institutions, the academe, industry and other concerned agencies, prepared the Harmonized National R&D Agenda (HNRDA) 2017-2022 to ensure that results of S&T endeavors are geared towards and are utilized in areas of maximum economic and social benefit for the people. The formulation of the HNRDA is in line with the DOST’s mandate of providing central direction, leadership and coordination of the scientific and technological efforts in the country.

The HNRDA is aligned with AmBisyon Natin 2040: matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay para sa lahat. It has three pillars: Malasakit (enhancing the social fabric), Pagbabago (reducing inequality) and Kaunlaran (increasing potential growth). AmBisyon Natin 2040 and the three pillars form the foundation for more inclusive growth, a high-trust and resilient society and a globally competitive knowledge economy.

On 21 October 2016, the DOST hosted the 1stNational R&D Conference (NRDC) to harmonize the country’s research and development priorities and align them with the thrusts of the current administration. Comments and recommendations raised during the 1st NRDC were considered in the final version of the HNRDA which was presented to stakeholders during the 2nd National R&D Conference on 15 February 2017.

One of the outcomes identified in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 is to increase the country's potential growth by building the foundation for a globally competitive knowledge economy where accelerated technology adoption and stimulated innovation are envisioned to be achieved. The HNRDA, therefore, articulates our national priorities and will serve as guide for public investment in R&D while ensuring a cohesive convergence and integration of R&D efforts towards the shared goal of inclusive socio-economic growth and a better life for Filipinos.

The HNRDA is organized into 5 sectors: Basic Research; Agriculture Aquatic and Natural Resources; Health; Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology; and Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. The Agenda was formulated by the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), and Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in cooperation with stakeholders in the respective sectors.

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