NEDA firms up RDP with Research Utilization Forum

Jan 20, 2013


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NEDA-X Leon Dacanay Jr. presents the Regional Development Research Agenda 2012-2016 to participants to the first ever Research Utilization Forum in Region X held Dec. 12, 2012 at the NEDA -X Conference Room. (photo by Mike Banos)

Academe-based research will play a major role in the updating of the Medium Term Regional Development Plan for Northern Mindanao (Region X).


During the 2012 Research Utilization Forum on Regional Development Studies held 12 December 2012 at the National Economic and Development Authority Region X conference room, the academe presented four studies for consideration.


“Research makes possible evidence-based policy making,” said Leon M. Dacanay, Jr., NEDA-X regional director and vice chair of the Regional Development Council-X (RDC-X). “Knowledge generated from research guides planners and policymakers in prioritizing issues in planning and investment programming. In general the research agenda has been determined by asking researchers in academe to at least get the headings that we have and make their recommendations on the specific topics.”


Among the studies presented in the forum were “Survey of the Cagayan de Oro River: Impact on Regional Development Initiative” by Dr. Edgar Allan C. Po, Ph.D. (Xavier University/Ateneo de Cagayan); “Perception and Adaptation to Climate Change of Lowland Rice Growers in Bukidnon, Philippines: A Micro Level Analysis” by Dr. Celso C. Tautho, Ph.D. (Central Mindanao University); “Development of Refining Protocol for Waste Cooking Oil Biodiesel: Influence on Engine Brake Power, Thermal Efficiency and Emission Characteristics” by Dr. Greg M. Cubio, DoE (Xavier University/Ateneo de Cagayan) and “Analysis of Local Electronic Governance (E-Gov) Development and Local Governance Performance of the LGUs in Region X” by Dr. Jutchel L. Nayra, DPA (Bukidnon State University).


Earlier, the agency formulated the Northern Mindanao Regional Development Research Agenda 2012-2016 with the tagline “Our Agenda. Research it.”


“The formulation of the Regional Development Research Agenda (RDRA) 2012-2016 is guided by the national government’s goal of inclusive growth, as well as the region’s vision of being the leading industrial core and trade center in Southern Philippines,” Mr. Dacanay added. “It also takes its cue from the development issues and challenges and policy gaps identified in the Northern Mindanao Regional Development Plan (RDP).


Northern Mindanao is the first and only NEDA regional office so far to formulate an RDRA.


“This is the first time this has been done in the region and is purely a regional initiative to put more meaning in the (MDTP) targets,” Mr. Dacanay said. “We should have the evidence base to guide our policy making. Next, we shall look into more sub-sectors to mainstream many of the researches already being undertaken by the academe. We want to get them onboard.”


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