CHEd allocates P1.763B to scientific researches



Commission on Higher Education (CHEd)

The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has allocated P1.763 billion, or more than 60 per cent of its budget next year, to a group headed by Filipino Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dado Banatao for scientific researches by select American and Filipino scientists.

The newly-organized Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) has been pre-selected as the sole recipient of CHEd’s entire P1.7 billion funding for “research and scholarship projects” for next year.

This represents 62 per cent of CHEd’s total P2.78 billion proposed budget for next year.

The grants will be controlled by PCARI and given to selected faculty of the University of California Berkeley (UCB), where Banatao and his wife sit in advisory bodies, and UC San Francisco (UCSF) and their counterpart Filipino scientists from top universities and research institutions here.

Banatao serves as managing partner at Tallwood VC, a California-based venture capital firm that invests in IT start-ups. He also currently chairs the non-profit organization Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev).

Banatao serves as chairman of the College of Engineering Advisory Board and is a member of  the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Executive Advisory Council. HIs wife Maria is a trustee for the UC Berkeley Foundation.

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  • opinyonlangpo

    Thats good news Philippines going high tech. Hopefully some will not be used in researching for growing better garlic or rice or vegetables or scholarship of their relatives. Sometimes funds like these are viewed like gold mine by notorious officials and divert it to where they can have their cuts. Somebody should monitor how it will be disbursed. 

    • straightalks

      But it will be given to faculty of UC. This will not boost the capability of higher education institutions in the country. Also, there are problems with ownership of intellectual property considering that these people are not based in the Philippines. CHED has no business giving its money abroad when it doesn’t have enough for HEIs in the country.

      • opinyonlangpo

        It just shows how CHED views Philippine educational institutions or the Filipinos as inferior to those in the USA. 

      • straightalks

        And when you see that attitude in the regulator of HEIs in the country, we are really in trouble. CHED’s mandate is not to develop S&T partnerships with people abroad (which could fall under DOST) but to regulate and develop the education industry, its capabilities especially in research. That’s why this is a misguided, if not outrageous policy.

  • pepito gwaps

    Research for our weapons also that will repel the greedy China once she occupies our islands.

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