“STI talents must work with other scientists; it is important to note to begin with the end in mind” Dr. Frederico M. Macaranas emphasized during the virtual plenary session of the Mindanao Regional Scientific Meeting (MRSM) on 5 April 2022.
The resource speaker and program director for the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Global Academic Leadership Program Macaranas led the talk on issues of Mindanao’s state of scientific talent development and retention to some 630 participants nationwide.
“Hindi kailangan STI skills shortage lamang kundi ano yung national development na kailangan” he added, commenting that focus should not solely be put on the STI skills shortage, but on national development as well, if retention of these talents are to be addressed.
The session leaned heavily on producing well-trained scientists and engineers instead of managers or administrators; attracting knowledge workers from around the world; developing an improved ecosystem for Research and Development (R&D); creating employment opportunities for said scientists and researchers; addressing regional imbalances in developing scientific talents; and raising awareness for stakeholders to provide lifelong learning for all.
“So it is important to use the new ways of innovating in management science. This includes Inputs which focuses on people and their ideas, Processes which will retain development of STI and other talents, Outputs that will result programs and projects designed and implemented that will eventually lead to national development based on next-generation S&T revolution as the Outcome”, said Dr. Macaranas.
Aimed at addressing the Philippines’ national development in the global context, the session focused on the need to enhance, upgrade, and integrate Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) at the academe level, specifically in the fields of S&T, Engineering, and Mathematics to create more opportunities for students, and researchers.
The MRSM is an annual event conducted to address complex and interrelated S&T issues in the Region. Its 44th iteration focuses on PAGTANAW 2050: Agham Tungo sa Mabuting Kinabukasan – a 30-year foresight plan rooted in STI.