SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
The House of Representatives, in partnership with the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), conducted the second NRCP – Legislative Scientific Forum for Policy Development on Wednesday.
Discussions were spearheaded by Dr. Clarita Carlos, NRCP Governing Board Member-at-Large; Dr. Segundo Joaquin Romero, NRCP Regular Member; and Dr. Edna Co, UP Centre International de Formation des Autorites et Leaders Philippines Executive Director.
The forum was held to identify science or evidence-based issues from research that lead to the conduct of legislative workshops, public consultations, discussions and investigations integral in crafting responsive and relevant bills. The event is also part of continued efforts to realize the importance of research in development, and the role of science and basic research in creating meaningful governance through policymaking and legislation.
Earlier last Wednesday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to open the NRCP Exhibit themed "Leading Frontier Research for the Filipino and the ASEAN" at the House. The exhibit highlights the vital role of interface and dialogue between Congress and NRCP, and how these institutions can collaborate in utilizing research and scientific evidence generated by the NRCP for policy creation.
In his message, Speaker Alan Peter "Compañero" Cayetano underscored that the exhibit is a significant move for the NRCP to introduce itself to ordinary people, especially in Congress. "This simple partnership with the NRCP through the House Committee on Science and Technology clearly demonstrates their eagerness to make science closer to the people through our legislature and policymaking," Speaker Cayetano said. He also emphasized that tie-ups such as putting up the exhibit, bridge the gap between institutions through the use of research for policy development.