House panel OKs bill setting up research contest among schools

The House committee on higher and technical education chaired by Zamboanga Sibugay representative Ann Hofer approved on Monday, Jan. 16, a measure institutionalizing an annual research competition among colleges and universities to help boost national development.

The author of House Bill 4254 titled “Research Competitive Act of 2016”, 1-Ang Edukasyon party-list representative Salvador Belaro that in many developed economies, the academe is an indispensable partner of industry on research, and the output of the academe is the time-tested catapult of innovation in business and the private sector.

The bill mandates all schools and universities to hold an annual research competition among their students. Competition categories along fields of study may be made by each college or university.

The bill also provides for the holding of an annual research competition among colleges and universities within a particular province or region to be participated in by the winners of the research competition in the school level.

Winners of the provincial competition will compete in the annual regional completion and winners in the annual regional competition shall compete in the national annual competition, according to the bill.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), will formulate the rules and regulations of the proposed law.

The funds necessary to carry out the provisions of the Act will be included in the General Appropriations Act of the year following its enactment into law and thereafter.

The Association of Local Colleges and Universities (ALCU) is strongly supporting the bill.

“The development of manpower resources will really need a strong research culture and research arm that will help push the productivity level of our manpower resources in the country,” said ALCU executive director Dr. Dalisay Brawner.

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