Solon sees new era of in­no­va­tion for PH

Panay News - - BUSINESS -  By Prince Golez, Manila Reporter

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.

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