Gov’t to allocate more funds for science, technology - Robredo

Gov’t to allocate more funds for science, technology - Robredo

The search for the vaccine that will cure the 2019 novel coronavirus disease or COVID -19 has led a lot of countries to expedite research and studies to put to stop to this global pandemic.

In local shores, it has opened the country’s eyes that we don’t give importance to our Research and Development – for years we have neglected this important aspect in our nation building that now we are also at a lost how we can provide a cure for this pandemic that has put all of us at risk.

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo would want to change that in her radio show she emphasized the need to allocate more budget to science and technology.

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo
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“Iyong sa akin, kung mayroon man akong ninanais, ito sanang nangyayari sa atin ngayon maging eye-opener sa pamahalaan—hindi lang sa Executive pero siguro lalo na sa Kongreso—na taasan iyong budget sa science and technology, kasi ito talaga iyong parating napapabayaan,” she said on her radio program

(For me, I want this situation that is happening to us right now to serve as an eye-opener to the government — not only to the Executive branch but most especially to
Congress — to increase the budget for science and technology, because these are always neglected.)

A few days back President Rodrigo Roa Duterte hiked the reward from P10 million to P50 million to any Filipino scientist that could produce a vaccine for COVID-19.

“Alam naman natin na iyong pagdiskubre ng vaccine ay hindi lang iyong husay ng magdidiskubre, pero gamit din saka suporta,” the vice president said.

(We know that the discovery of the vaccine does not only rely on the brilliance of the discoverer, but also on equipment and support.)

Robredo takes note that the country has many excellent Filipino scientists but they don’t get enough support from the government.

“Ang dami nating mahuhusay na scientists. Sa kasamaang palad, hindi lang talaga enough iyong suporta sa kanila. So siguro ito… ito iyong aral, ito iyong leksyon na dapat makuha natin, kung gaano kaimportante,” she said.

(We have many great scientists. Unfortunately, they don’t get enough support. So maybe this is this lesson that we need to learn, how important this is.)

“Kapag nagkakaroon ng ganitong sakuna, saka natin nare-realize kung gaano siya kahalaga. So iyong sa akin, siyempre parati nating gusto na mayroong… mayroong discovery na manggaling sa atin, pero tingin ko iyong mas hihigit pa diyan, iyong suporta pagkatapos nito,” Robredo said.

(When something catastrophic like this happens, I hope we realize how important support to the sciences is. For me, of course we would like to have a discovery that would come from our country, but what’s more important is the support when this is all over.)

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