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R&D studies should uplift the lives of the poor, says expert

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (7 August) -- "We wish to ensure that our country, particularly the marginalized poor, will benefit from the contributions of our best and brightest in the papers."

This was the message of Dr. Danilo C. Cardenas who talked about 65 Research and Development (R &D) papers scheduled for presentation during the 20th Regional Symposium on R & D held Aug. 7-8, 2008, at Philtown Hotel, this city.

Sponsored by the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Agriculture and Resources Research and Development (NOMCARRD), the symposium is an annual activity to showcase the development highlights, achievements and activities of the member agencies encompassing various disciplines.

Categorized into research, development papers, thesis and dissertation studies, the R&D papers are evaluated by experts in the fields of agriculture, forestry, natural resources and environment to determine which should be presented in the national symposium in November, this year.

Cardenas, who is Deputy Executive Director of the Philippine CARRD based in Los Banos, Laguna said the real test of development is in how well they have succeeded in making these R&D achievements create an impact in the lives of the poorest of our countrymen, the farmers and fishermen.

This, while the real test of their influence is at how their R&D and extension programs, projects and activities have made an impact in the lives of the people, he said.

"We always seek the R&D's significance to the country's productivity and economic growth. Through basic and applied research, we continue to expand the boundaries of knowledge in agriculture forestry and natural resources management and develop concrete solutions to the challenges we face as a region," he also said.

The existence of NOMCARDD and the money poured in by the government and its member-agencies is simply a manifestation of its role in helping the government build a strong and progressive republic.

Meanwhile, he said sustainable development requires strong and productive partnerships as the job of empowering communities is too big for any single institution. Thus line agencies, educational institutions and other development oriented stakeholders should work together to ensure that the objectives of sustainable development are met and in order to build community understanding for social change.

The more this rich array of partners can work together effectively, the better the results will be, the more technologies are generated and disseminated and the faster the communities are developed and empowered, Cardenas also said. (PIA 10) [top]

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