The Calabarzon Regional Development Council (RDC) conducted its Regional Development Research Agenda (RDRA) Workshop last April 10, 2014 at Splash Mountain Resort, Los Banos, Laguna. It was participated by representatives from the Provincial Planning and Development Office, regional line agencies, state universities and colleges and private institutions. This workshop aims to craft the Calabarzon RDRA, 2014-2016, which will serve as a guide on the priority studies and researches needed to prompt development and innovations that will improve productivity and competitiveness of the region.
The participants were divided into three (3) groups to deliberately discuss and identify top ten (10) research gaps/priority researches per sector: economic, infrastructure and social. The top ten priority researches were rank according to the following criteria: 1) relevance; 2) urgency; 3) feasibility; and 4) social/ethical/environmental acceptance. For the economic sector, the identified researches focus on issues concerning the environment, labor, agriculture and fisheries. On the other hand, researches identified in the infrastructure sector cover issues related to water, solid waste management, energy, transportation and IT-BPM. Health, nutrition, education and social welfare were the issues identified in the social sector.
The output of each group was presented during the Regional Research Committee (RRC) Meeting on April 11, 2014 for validation. Further refinements will be made based on the comments and additional inputs of the RRC members. The members are still encouraged to submit their list of completed, ongoing, pipelined and proposed researches to be included in the inventory of researches being prepared by the Secretariat.