Terms of Reference

I. Background and Rationale

In 2009, the CALABARZON Regional Development Council (RDC) created the Regional Research Committee (RRC) as a support committee of the RDC through its Resolution No. IV-A-31-2009. The RRC was created to provide directions and set priority research areas of the region in support to the achievement of regional development goals. The committee is responsible to coordinate research and development efforts in the region, harmonize research agenda of research bodies, and formulate a regional research agenda. The committee is also tasked to advocate the regional research agenda and promote information sharing among research institutions.

Republic Act No. 11293 known as the Philippine Innovation Act was signed on July 23, 2019 which declares as a policy of the State to foster innovation as a vital component of national development and as a driver of sustainable and inclusive growth.[1] The law aims to promote a culture of strategic planning and innovation to encourage creative thinking and knowledge creation and dissemination towards improving economic competitiveness.

RA 11293 also provides for the formulation of a National Innovation Agenda and Strategy Document (NIASD) by the National Innovation Council which will integrate strategies to promote regional innovation that will harness the competitive advantages of regions and provinces. For this purpose, the RDCs are tasked to help coordinate and monitor the implementation of the NIASD in their respective region.

The importance of research initiation and utilization is embodied in the overall societal goal of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 which aims to lay down the foundation for inclusive growth, a high-trust and resilient society, and a globally-competitive knowledge economy. Economic growth will be accelerated and sustained by maximizing and adopting science, technology and innovation (STI). Strategies for the advancement of the STI sector include implementation of research and development agenda, stimulation of innovation, and commercialization and utilization of technologies.

Given the new policy directions on innovation and the close link between innovation and research, there is a need to integrate, harmonize and coordinate research and innovation efforts in the region. Applied research or problem-oriented research can give rise to innovation by studying the causes of issues or problems in society and recommending evidence-based or scientific solutions.

The RRC will be renamed into the Regional Research and Innovation Committee (RRIC) to promote harmonization of researches, strengthen the link between research and innovation, and meet research and innovation requirements in the national and regional development plans. The RRIC will be responsible in coordinating research and innovation efforts of the government and private research institutions in the region.

II. Functions

The Regional Research and Innovation Committee (RRIC) shall have the following functions:

  1. Provides overall direction and guidance on priority development researches in the region;
  2. Coordinates research and innovation efforts of the national/regional levels and private research institutions to promote harmonization of researches and strengthen the link between research and innovation;
  3. Coordinates the formulation of Calabarzon Regional Development Research and Innovation Agenda and monitors various researches conducted in the region;
  4. Recommends to relevant agencies through the RDC, policies and measures as may be required to effectively achieve the research and innovation requirements enunciated in the national and regional development plans;
  5. Advocates/promotes Research and Innovation Agenda and ensures complementation of the different initiatives in the region;
  6. Provides direction to enhance the capability of the regional and local government units and research institutions as initiated by the RDC;
  7. In case the RDC commissions research activities, the Committee shall serve as steering committee that shall set the guidelines for awarding research projects.

III. Composition

Regional Line Agencies

  • National Economic and Development Authority Region IV-A
  • Commission on Higher Education Region IV-A
  • Department of Agriculture RFO IV-A
  • Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region IV-A
  • Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A
  • Department of Education IV-A
  • Department of Interior and Local Government IV-A
  • Department of Health Regional Office IV-A
  • Department of Labor and Employment IV-A
  • Department of Public Works and Highways Region IV-A
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV-A
  • Department of Trade and Industry IV-A
  • DENR-Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau Region IV-A
  • Philippine Statistics Authority IV-A
  • Department of Information and Communications Technology Luzon Cluster II  

Research Associations

  • Southern Tagalog Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research, Development and Extension Consortium
  • Southern Tagalog Consortium for Industry and Energy Research and Development
  • Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A

State Universities and Colleges/State University

  • Batangas State University
  • Cavite State University
  • Laguna State Polytechnic University
  • Southern Luzon State University
  • University of Rizal System
  • University of the Philippines Los Baños
  • Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges

Private Sector Representatives (for 2019-2022)


  • Kabisig ng Kalahi, Inc.
  • Seven Squares Advocacy Cooperative

Private Higher Education Institution:

  • Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation
  • Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna (additional member for confirmation)

IV. Organizational Set-up and Coordination Mechanism

The RRIC shall be a special support committee of the RDC. It shall be backstopped by the Development Research Division of NEDA IV-A.

The officers of the Committee are the Chairperson, Co-Chairperson,                        Vice-Chairperson and Secretary. At least one of the official Chairperson shall come from the private sector. The NEDA as the Secretariat of the RDC shall be designated as Vice-Chairperson. The selection of the Chairperson and Co-Chairperson shall be done in a manner that has to be decided and agreed upon by all members of                 the Committee.

V. Term of Office

The term of office of the Chairperson and Co-Chairperson shall be co-terminus with the term of the RDC Chairperson without prejudice for re-election.

VI. Meetings and Quorums

The Committee shall hold regular meetings at least bi-annually. The presence in a meeting of fifty percent plus one of the total members shall constitute a quorum. In the absence of quorum, the Committee members present may discuss the items in the agenda and make a recommendation thereon to the RDC in the next meeting.

VII. Decision of the Committee

The decision of the Committee shall only be recommendatory in nature and shall be in the form of resolution addressed to the RDC.

VIII. Other Standard Operating Procedures

  1. Communications such as notice of meeting, minutes of meetings, among others, shall be sent through official email address: rdc.calabarzon@gmail.com
  2. Notice of Meeting shall be sent to members at least two weeks before the meeting. Members are expected to confirm their attendance through email using the confirmation slip or through text message to the Secretariat.
  3. Highlights of previous meetings and matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting shall be sent to members at least one week before the actual conduct of meeting. The members should submit their comments at least 3 days before the meeting. On matters arising from the highlights of the previous meeting, members are requested to keep track of their concerns and are requested to submit to the Secretariat the status/update prior to the meeting. If no update is submitted to the Secretariat one day before the meeting, the concerned member/s are expected to give update during the meeting.
  4. Attendance of principal members is highly encouraged in all Committee meetings to enhance the level of discussion and fast-track decision making. In case the principal cannot attend, he/she may designate an alternate representative through a signed confirmation slip authorizing the representative to attend the meeting.
  5. The Attendance will be monitored by the Secretariat and reported to the officers of the Committee on a regular basis. Members who incur two consecutive absences during Committee meetings will be notified through official letter and may be dropped from the roll in determining the quorum. For RDC PSRs, habitual absenteeism may lead to termination of membership to the Committee. It must be emphasized that RDC PSRs cannot be represented.