Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has promised to allocate a much higher budget for research and development should she win the presidency on May 9, 2016.
Speaking in a forum University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao in Davao City, Santiago told students and faculty members said aside form allocating the biggest chunk of the national budget in education, health and social services, her administration will allocate about one percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) to R&D.
“The first budget proposal we will submit to Congress will have R&D allocation equivalent to one percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). This will gradually increase, to two percent of the GDP by our last year in office,” Santiago said drawing cheers and applause from the country’s scholars.
“I wholeheartedly adopt UP’s proposal of investing more heavily in R&D,” she added.
“A recent University of the Philippines research, however, found that we must complement education with research and development in order to make our human capital highly competitive and ready to partake of economic growth,” Santiago said.
Santiago said that is elected as president, she will certify as urgent the passage of the following bills:
- The Scientific Communications Act, which seeks to train scientists and researchers to better relay the results of their endeavors to policymakers
- The Research and Development Efficiency Act, which seeks to establish under the Office of the President a Research and Development Support Committee to review regulations affecting research and development
- The International Science and Technology Cooperation Act, which seeks to establish under the National Academy of Science and Technology a committee that will identify and coordinate with international partners for science and technology.
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