The research agenda for Calabarzon was firmed-up and validated during the Regional Development Research Agenda (RDRA) Workshop held on August 20 in Calamba City.

Twenty-six representatives from various government regional line agencies, the academe, research consortiums, local government units, and the private sector were present in the workshop. The Regional Research Committee prepared the draft of the RDRA.

Priority research agenda focused on the challenges and opportunities of the region’s growth drivers in the following areas: agriculture and fisheries; manufacturing and services; information technology and business process management (IT-BPM); tourism; energy; and international migration.

Other highlighted areas for research are the region’s capacity to address environmental pressure on natural resources as well as the region’s resiliency to disaster and climate change.

Concerns and suggestions raised include the following: a) a need to enhance advocacy to stimulate the interest of LGUs in prioritizing R&D; b) insufficient funding support on researches and studies; c) inclusion of R&D as priority in agency investment programs; d) need to further refine implementation and monitoring mechanisms; and e) preparation of regional inventory of proposed/pipelined researches to avoid duplication and promote complementation and sharing of resources among research institutions.

The RDRA is crafted to define research gaps in response to the issues and challenges identified in the Calabarzon Regional Development Plan 2011-2016. It aims to guide various research institutions and partners on the priority researchable areas that would address development issues, concerns, and challenges of the region’s economic drivers, to further spur sustainable development and innovations towards improving the productivity, competitiveness, and inclusive growth of the region.

The RDRA will be launched during the Statistics and Research Forum on October.