BAGUIO CITY – In response to the call of the Luzon Regional Development Committee for the operationalization of policy recommendations to strengthen agriculture technology and innovations for high-value crops in Luzon, the Cordillera Regional Development Council passed a resolution on September 7, to expand the functions and membership of the Regional Research, Development, and Innovation Committee (RRDIC) to include research and agriculture organizations. Previously, the RRDIC only functioned to update, monitor, and implement the Regional Development Agenda and promote academe-government-industry collaboration.

The resolution calls for the enhancement of its work program to incorporate extension and innovation as well as updating the Regional Development Agenda to include extension services and addressing new and emerging development concerns such as Covid-19, Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa Program, and the Philippine Innovation Act. The expansion also includes the addition of new members from the PhilMech Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Mechanization Research and Development Extension Network (PhilMech RAFM-RDE), Agricultural Training Institute-CAR (ATI-CAR) and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO-PHL) and other organizations that directly address extension and innovation in the field of research in the Cordillera.

The Regional Research, Development, and Innovation Committee is an RDC support committee which oversees the region’s research and innovations plans and programs. It is composed of the research consortia in the region, the Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (CRHRDC), Cordillera Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development (CorCAARD), Cordillera Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development Consortium (CIEERDEC), the Watershed and Water Resources Research Center (WWRC)], the Cordillera State Universities, Colleges, and other higher education institutions in the region. It is chaired by DOST-CAR with NEDA-CAR as Vice-chair