“It is an innovation of systems, not just technologies,” Academician William G. Padolina, said during the turnover ceremonies of the Pagtanaw 2050 at the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration when asked how science, technology, and innovation (STI) strategic plan can be operationalized.
Padolina explained that innovation has to be understood in the context wherein it is composed of systems and not merely technologies – that there’s a need to change the systems. There is a need to innovate in governance, and businesses have to innovate their processes and manage their risk, and that everyone will have to do their part.
Pagtanaw 2050: The Philippine Foresight on science, technology, and innovation, a 360-page compendium of technologies with 550 bibliographic references, is a product of the collective wisdom of the Academy of Filipino scientists and the science community has done to enhance the people’s unity, inspire the people, and heightened their resolve to achieve progress by 2050.
The National Scientist Emil Q. Javier said that unlike in the past where the science and technology plans were usually drawn for the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) alone, and mostly by experts from universities at the national capital region, the Foresight 2050 is a national strategic plan, which involved 335 various representative stakeholders from 53 government and higher education institutions, and 12 non-government organizations coming from all over the country.
The Pagtanaw 2050 compendium listed 207 technologies that will push the country to become a prosperous archipelagic, maritime nation in 30 years. Among the key operational areas identified are the following blue economy, governance, business and trade, digital technology/ICT, science education and talent retention, food security and nutrition, health systems, energy, water, environmental change, shelter, transportation, and other infrastructure, and space exploration.
Pagtanaw 2050 cited initial courses of action, as well, one of which is to initiate new maritime-and-archipelagic-oriented programs. Another is to accelerate the gathering of a critical mass of STI Human Resources. And to create a separate Philippine Council for Maritime and other Aquatic Resources Research and Development. The third course of action is strongly suggested by the developers of the Pagtanaw 2050.
Also present during the turnover were Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and Karl Kendrick Chua, Secretary of socio-economic planning and director-general of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
“To attain our 2040 vision of eradicating extreme poverty and becoming a high-income country, we need to continuously innovate and make our systems resilient against future crisis. To this event is crucial as it demonstrates our resolve to chart a better future through foresight planning,” Chua said, acknowledging the importance of Foresight in the country’s development.
Several nations like Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan have already adopted foresight into their science technology, and innovation or STI planning and institutionalized this concept into their policy-making process.
These countries, Chua added, recognized this need for innovative products and technology, and the underlying drivers, such as black chain technology, artificial intelligence, big data, and cloud computing.