(From left) His Excellency Ambassador Evan P. Garcia, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations (UN) and Other International Organizations in Geneva; Professor Fortunato T. De La Peña, Secretary of DOST; Mr. Andrew Michael S. Ong, Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific of WIPO; and Dr. Sacha Wunsch-Vincent, Section Head of the Economics and Statistics Division of WIPO and Co-Editor of the GII during the GII Technical Meeting on 17 February 2020 at the PICC, Pasay City
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña cited “Filipinnovation,” the Philippine National Innovation Strategy as key to sustain and improve the innovation ranking of the Philippines in the Global Innovation Index (GII).
This was revealed during the Technical Meeting and High Level Conference on GII in the Philippines on 17-18 February 2020 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.
Co-organized by the Department through the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the event brought together government heads and experts to deliberate on key policy issues, challenges, and opportunities in areas that are critical for the further improvement of the Philippine ranking in the next GIIs.
“It is with our utmost sincerity that this platform provides a broad exchange of expertise and experiences to create innovation frameworks and tools, national support systems for innovation, and government and industry collaborations to fulfill an innovative ecosystem,” said Secretary De La Peña.
The GII provides a summary of where an economy stands in innovation as a reference for the creation of innovation policies or amendments that promotes a synergistic relationship among the government, industry, as well as the academe – gearing towards long-term growth, sustainable productivity including employment opportunities.
It can be recalled that the Philippines made a very huge leap – indicating an improvement, from 73 in 2018 to 54 to 2019, breaking into the top 55 among 129 participating countries all over the world.
Moreover, the improvement is further signified in the GII’s sub-pillars, such as trade, competition, and market scale; creative goods and services; innovation linkages; knowledge absorption; and university/industry research collaboration.
“The Science for Change Program may have contributed to the improvement in innovation ranking as the program establishes research and development (R&D) centers in the regions, facilitate the acquisition of technologies to local companies, create synergistic academe-industry relationship, and engage experts in strengthening research capabilities,” said DOST Undersecretary for R&D Rowena Cristina L. Guevara.
On the other hand, the Department committed to improve the ranking in the following years by choosing an area of focus in allocating financial resources, developing a yard stick measurement of innovation, and strengthening of information dissemination.
Participants of the GII High Level Conference on 18 February 2020 at the PICC, Pasay City
“We also need to include technology transfer in our intellectual property programs as well as promote open innovation system to startups and small and medium entrepreneurs, and absorb inbound innovation as a way to brand our innovation strategies as Filipinnovation,” added Secretary De La Peña.
Initially launched in 2007, Filipinnovation envisions a competitive and multidisciplinary workforce competent in producing value-added knowledge-based products and services of global standards.
“I hope that in the next two years, the Philippines will be in the thirty-third percentile in the GII with our efforts in pursuing the Filipinnovation brand in the global arena,” emphasized Secretary De La Peña.
DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
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