Marita A. Carlos, communication director at the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) said that besides assessing a project’s “6 P’s”, they will also look into its social and economic impact.

The director of PCAARRD’s Applied Communication Division made this remark during a research symposium at the VSU RDE Hall on November 26, 2019.

“In DOST, we look at the 6 P’s: What are these? We have the products, meaning what is the technology developed. The publication was your research published. Patent, is your technology model patented? It could also be a utility model or trademark. Were you able to develop a policy? Because R&D is not just a product, it could also be a policy,” Carlos said at the 31st joint ViCAARP-RRDEN RDE Symposium and 1st Regional PhilArm Convention where she keynoted the event.

The ViCAARP joint consortium is a gathering of agencies and institutions undertaking research and development in agriculture and natural resources in Eastern Visayas.

“This year, DOST released new outputs—6 P’s and 2 I’s—from now on we will also look into its social and economic impact. So when we evaluate proposals, we see to it [that the] deliverables will include if not all, majority of these 6Ps and 2Is,” she added.

Carlos also talked about the Balik Scientist program by the DOST which aims to entice Filipino scientists to return to the Philippines to share their expertise.

Lauded research papers

Aside from the forum, the event also held its contest for the best research papers. 

The studies titled: “Major Pests and Diseases of Queen Pineapple and Potential Strategies for Control” by Maria Juliet C. Ceniza, Elvira J. Oclarit, Justine Bennette H. Milado, Reny G. Gerona, Jay Darryl L. Ermio, Marife C. Ladaran and “Support System for Sweetpotato Value Chain Development and Establishment of SP Value Chains in Leyte-Samar” by Julieta R. Roa, Marlon M. Tambis, Julie D. Tan, Divina L. Villaber, Christopher R. Galgo Jr., Rolen A. Bocog won.

The winners will later present to a national crowd on the National Symposium on Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (NSAARRD).

On the other hand, VSU garnered the top five for the best research poster contest.