NAST PHL Harnessing Science and Technology to Build the Philippines of the Future

William G. Padolina


In an increasingly technological world, global competitiveness and economic prosperity are closely tied to scientific advancements and innovation. This paper emphasizes the need for the Philippines to enhance its national system for innovation and leverage science and technology to drive progress. By recognizing the importance of high value-added products, strategic interventions, and private sector participation, the paper highlights the role of science and technology in poverty alleviation, agricultural competitiveness, and sustainable development. It advocates for the establishment of a strategic enabling environment, increased investment in research and development, cross-disciplinary collaboration, industry- oriented training, and the promotion of a culture of excellence. Furthermore, the paper underscores the significance of human resource development in building a skilled workforce capable of managing knowledge and adapting to technological advancements. Ultimately, this paper calls for concerted efforts led by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) to harness science and technology for the nation’s future growth and prosperity.