DA-BAR, DOST-PCAARRD sign MOU on collaborative R4D and innovation sharing

The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) and Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on collaborative research for development (R4D) and innovation sharing on 10 November 2023 in Los Baños, Laguna.

DA-BAR coordinates, integrates, and manages the R4D system to ensure its optimum utility for the agriculture and fishery sector. While DOST-PCAARRD provides strategic leadership in promoting science and technology as a platform for agriculture, aquatic and natural resources products innovation and environment resiliency.

DA-BAR director Junel B. Soriano and DOST-PCAARRD executive director Reynaldo V. Ebora led the meeting with the deputies and officials of both agencies. They discussed the possible sharing of  technologies that are ready for commercialization and adoption generated by the partner research implementing agencies.

“If your strength is on transfer and licensing, then we will ask PCAARRD to do that. If our strength is adoption and utilization, then we will take care of that,” said DA-BAR director Soriano.

“Actually ‘yan ang pinaka-ideal na situation. If you look at the nature of technologies, ‘yong ibang technologies mas effective na ma-disseminate through extension systems. And since DA has [the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI)], you probably have a better position to disseminate it,” said PCAARRD executive director Ebora.

ATI is the extension and training arm of DA mandated to train agricultural extension workers and their beneficiaries and lead in the delivery of e-extension services for agriculture and fisheries.

BAR and PCAARRD both committed to look into their respective catalogues of programs and technologies developed by their partner implementing agencies, and provide each other a list of program briefers and technologies ready for dissemination and deployment. From there, both agencies will work on reconciling, complementing, and aligning their efforts toward technology transfer. 

Ebora proposed that BAR and PCAARRD can co-fund a program, identifying which components or areas should be funded. Meanwhile, Soriano stressed the urgency and importance of deploying science-based interventions and technologies generated by the partner implementing agencies of both organizations. When this happens, he committed to exert full effort to endorse these technologies to the DA Operations that has the capacity to cascade these technologies to more stakeholders.

PCAARRD executive director Ebora also committed to help DA-BAR in capacitating its staff and implementing agencies specific to technology transfer, commercialization, and intellectual property. (### Rena S. Hermoso)