The SEARCH, an abbreviation for Systematic Exploration of Available Research and Development Institutions (RDIs) in the Cordillera Highlands, is an information management system for research and development institutions in the Cordillera Administrative Region.
The system aims to facilitate the management of information on researches, researchers, institutions, Intellectual Properties and patents, and R&D facilities in the region.
The Regional Research Development Innovation Committee through the DOST-CAR, conceptualized the development of the system and was launched by DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña in November 2019 during the RSTW in CAR celebration at Bontoc, Mountain Province.
As a follow through, the DOST-CAR facilitated a user's training on February 21, 2020 for the deployment and population of the said system.
The DOST-CAR Regional Director, Dr. Nancy A. Bantog said that the SEARCH will aid researchers as their reference to avoid duplication of researches and will serve as an enabling strategy for researchers to collaborate and to maximize resources/facilities that are available in other research institutions in the region.
Likewise, Dr. Jimmy Catanes of the Commision on Higher Education said this will aid for easier monitoring and strenghtening the research capabilities in the region.
Moreover, Engr. Nathaniel Vincent Lubrica of the University of the Cordilleras, and a member of RRDIC facilitated the crafting of SEARCH guidelines that will ensure an accreditation of worthy research resource database with quality and integrity.
DOST hopes that RDIs will populate the system for the successful realization of its uses.//cgd