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Angara Pushes Filipino Scientists to Contribute Skills in RP
Written by Loren   
Monday, 23 August 2010

As the new chair of the Senate Committee on Education Chair of the 15th Congress, Senator Edgardo J. Angara pushes for foreign scholarship recipients to come back to the Philippines and contribute to their proficiency with the domestic academe and workforce.

And to make this possible, Sen. Angara said that the government should offer Filipino scholars and scientists a promising career, attractive rewards, and opportunities for growth. Universities and industries in the country must be quick for them not to seek better opportunities abroad.

Sen. Angara rose up the issue because the country lacks capacities and facilities in research-development and higher learning. And addressing the issue can bring more experts, who are foreign-educated and trained Filipinos, to lead the enrichment of the country’s scientific capability.

Aside from this, Sen. Angra proposed a seed fund for cutting-edge research, a leapfrog strategy dubbed as Fast-Track to Innovation. The plan is to fund a local research team to pursue cutting edge R&D endeavors with willing Filipino scientists based abroad as the principal investigators of the projects.

He is also pushing for the passing of the Technology Transfer bill which grants Filipino researchers autonomy, as it vests the ownership of intellectual property rights to research institutions that conducted research funded in part or in full by government, and authorizes them to use income from their research to conduct more R&D of its choice.

Advanced studies development program for qualified employees of the government and the private sector that will send them to Asian countries like Japan, Taiwan and Korea for necessary training will also be pushed that is expected to create a mass of excellent professionals that will lead the country in harnessing science, technology and related disciplines.

Having educated and trained abroad, Filipino experts are expected to gain more from their studies and to share it in the country. [via senate.gov.ph]


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