The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) inaugurated the PHIVOLCS Mindanao Cluster Monitoring Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (PMCMCET) facility on 24 September 2021 to provide capable nationwide earthquake and tsunami monitoring that would ensure continuity of operations when the main office located in Quezon City failed to function immediately after an emergency or disruption.

Despite challenges from the pandemic and decreasing budget for research and development (R&D), the Philippines claimed the 51st spot out of 132 economies in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2021 report.  In an inter-agency virtual press conference held on 21 September 2021, the Philippines proved that it is an efficient innovator with its capacity to translate innovation investments into innovation outputs. 

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), despite dropping one rank at 51st in the Global Innovation Index (GII) for 2021 from last year’s 50th, maintains its strong bearing that “it remains committed to bringing science closer to society, empowering Filipino-made breakthroughs and innovations to increase productivity and drive prosperity.”