The City Council has approved an ordinance establishing a Research and Development Council that aims to support the development of new technologies.
Councilor Nesario Awat, author of the ordinance, said the aim of the new body is to provide support to significant research initiatives by local experts and specialists.
“It is high time that the City Government gather institutional initiatives and collectively invest in establishing a strong platform that will encourage creativity and innovation among various disciplines,” he said.
Once approved, the Council will also have an initial funding of P1 million.
Awat added that the creation of the Council will especially encourage the youth “to engage in serious works of research and development.”
As a continuously developing highly urbanized city, he said Puerto Princesa needs to enhance public knowledge and encourage the innovation of technologies that can improve the quality of life of its people.
“The economic sustainability of any business company, social relevance of any academic institution, and comparative development advantage of any government and country are strongly built on how they have taken advantage of the necessity of research and development,” he added.
The council will be chaired by Mayor Lucilo Bayron and composed of experts and specialists from the Department of Science and Technology, Palawan State University, Western Philippine University, Holy Trinity University, and other national government agencies, such as the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.
Also included are experts and specialists from non-government organizations, sectors of business, women, media, legal, and the City Council’s education committee and other concerned City government offices.
The council will be tasked to create its own rules in the conduct of meetings, and guidelines for research papers that will qualify to avail of the assistance. It is also directed to report any research output and other significant discoveries to the City Council.