Solon sees new era of innovation for PH
MANILA – The enactment of the proposed Philippine Innovation Act into law will improve the country’s competitiveness and innovation capacity, said Sen. Loren Legarda.
Legarda’s Senate Bill No. ( SBN) 38, a measure seeking to create a National Innovation Council, has been approved on its third and final reading in the Senate.
The Council shall prepare a long- term roadmap based on innovation and coordination of efforts i n both the private and public sector through a National I nnovation Agenda and Strategy Document, SBN 38 said.
“This measure aims to promote a culture of innovation to encourage creative thinking and knowledge creation and dissemination towards expanding and maintaining economic competitiveness; improve innovation governance in the country and to compel the adoption of a long-term vision and focused priorities for innovation as driver for sustainable and inclusive growth; and ensure effective coordination and eliminate fragmentation of innovation policies and programs at all levels,” the senator said.
In the 1950s and early 1960s, the Philippine economy, a model of development, ranked as the second most progressive in Asia, she added.
Legarda said the country was envied as an “industrial powerhouse” and was a major manufacturing hub for products such as consumer goods, medical products, cement, textile, fertilizer, automobiles, home appliances, and steel.
The Philippines today, according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, has been relegated to an “innovation follower,” meaning it does not make an impact on global innovation.
“It also means we underinvest in scientific research, and are not willing to embrace needed reforms that could bolster our innovation potential. Being a mere follower is simply unacceptable, especially that the Filipino talent has contributed a number of game changing solutions to the world,”
A young Filipino inventor demonstrates his invention – the Auto-Call Doorknob programmed to directly contact the homeowner when an intruder attempts to open the door – during a kid’s innovators symposium in Manila.