The SCED members and guests during its fourth quarter meeting via Zoom video conference.

The CALABARZON Sectoral Committee on Economic Development (SCED) endorsed to the Regional Development Council (RDC) the support for the passage of priority Science and Technology (S&T) legislative bills during its fourth quarter meeting on November 12. The S&T bills include the following: 1) Science for Change; 2) Provincial S&T Office; 3) Virology and Vaccine Institute of the Philippines; 4) Philippine Atomic Regulation; and 5) National Measurement Infrastructure System. These legislative bills will contribute to the acceleration of S&T adoption towards supporting economic recovery and sustaining the country’s progress.

The five bills were presented by resource speakers from DOST including Dir. Lita S. Suerte-Felipe, Director III, DOST Department Legislative Liaison Office (DLLO) for the Science for Change (SCP) Act, Provincial Science and Technology Office (PSTO) Act, and Virology and Vaccine Institute of the Philippines; Ms. Teresita G. De Jesus, Head, Regulations and Standards Development Section Nuclear Regulatory Division, DOST-PNRI for the Philippine Atomic Regulation Act; and Mr. John Ahdrian Camilo C. Gernale, SRS I, Metrology Division, DOST ITDI for the National Measurement Infrastructure System Act. Two of these bills, the SCP Act and PSTO Act, are prioritized due to its direct impact on the CALABARZON Region.

As the DOST-CALABARZON continues to advocate for STI advancement, establishing partnerships and collaborations with stakeholders is vital to attain its objective of making “Science for the People”.

Richard P. Engasa, NEDA Region IV-A | November 18, 2021