In a significant step towards sustainable development, the Mimaropa Regional Research, Development, and Innovation Committee (RRDIC) chaired by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Mimaropa recently organized a momentous Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing.
This event brought together key actors from the innovation ecosystem, including government agencies, higher education institutions, and local government units, to launch the Regional Inclusive Innovation in Mimaropa (RIIM) program.
Fostering Collaboration for Sustainable Development
During the 1st Quarter Full Council Meeting held on March 24, 2023, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, the participants witnessed the signing of the MOU, marking a crucial milestone in the region’s pursuit of sustainable development.
Dr. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay, the Regional Director of DOST Mimaropa, delivered an opening message emphasizing the significance of RIIM as a collaborative network of key innovation actors from academia, industry, and government.
The program aims to drive market-oriented research and development, leading to commercialization and increased regional competitiveness.
Unwavering Support for Inclusive Regional Innovation
In addition to DOST Mimaropa’s leadership, prominent figures in the region expressed their support for inclusive regional innovation.
Mimaropa provincial governors, the Chair of the Regional Development Council (RDC), mayors of the two cities in Mimaropa, and the Regional Director of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) conveyed their commitment to addressing the challenges faced by Mimaropa through innovation.
They highlighted the importance of collaboration across all sectors to realize the Philippine Development Plan and Sustainable Development Goals.
Boosting Tourism and Innovation
In line with the region’s dedication to collaborative innovation, DOST Mimaropa and the Department of Tourism (DOT) Mimaropa solidified their engagement through another MOU signing.
This partnership aims to spearhead collaborative projects supporting the development of the Philippine tourism industry in Mimaropa.
The collaborative initiatives encompass a range of innovative tourism projects, including the Halal Research Ecosystem for Development and Innovation Program in Support of the Philippine Tourism Industry (Halal REDI Tourism Program), the Artificial Intelligence-based Management for Disaster Risk Evaluation and Monitoring (AIM4DREAM) application, mimaropaventures.ph, and the Tourism Live Inventory of Statistics and Arrivals (TourLISTA).
A Vision for Resilience and Economic Growth
The MOU signing was witnessed by NEDA Mimaropa Regional Director Agustin Mendoza and DOST Mimaropa Assistant Regional Director Engr. Jerry B. Mercado, underscoring the significance of the partnership.
The Regional Development Council (RDC) has also approved resolutions supporting the programs, projects, and activities proposed by the Mimaropa RRDIC.
This collaborative partnership sets the stage for innovative solutions that will enhance the region’s resilience and drive economic growth. The benefits of these endeavors will extend beyond the present generation, providing a strong foundation for the future of Mimaropa.
With RIIM at the forefront, Mimaropa solidifies its position as a trailblazer in sustainable development and a beacon of progress in the Philippines.