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Friday, October 21, 2016

CHED urges Congress to restore P2-billion budget cut for faculty development and research

Press statement:
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) expressed dismay over the recent decision of the House of Representatives to reduce CHED’s 2017 proposed budget of PhP13.37 billion by PhP2 billion.
The House removed PhP1 billion each from CHED’s Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) Project and its K to 12 Transition Program.
For the PCARI Project, which is a continuing program since 2013, the proposed 2017 budget of PhP1.763 billion was intended to support 131 PCARI post-doctoral scholars, which CHED expects to double next year for advanced degrees in science and engineering. It will also fund 35 new PCARI research and development (R&D) proposals.
PCARI seeks to address the low research and innovation productivity of the Philippines in comparison with neighboring countries, based on the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index. It was conceived by the science and academic community and approved by Congress in 2013 as a leap frogging strategy to build the country’s capacity for research that translates to technological innovations, strategic policies and concrete solutions to address development problems in the country.
The PCARI R&D Projects involve 15 Philippine HEIs with collaborators in the University of California. These projects address vital societal-scale problems and seek to develop capacity by supporting scholars who work on topics related to the research projects. All scholars are expected to study full-time or part-time in the University of California.
The current PCARI R&D portfolio includes the extension of cell phone sites for remote areas using the technology in a Village Base Station; design hardware and software to manage the collection and analysis of big data gathered through the deployment of sensors in the power grid, water system, and the environment; design an algorithm for managing traffic in urban areas; develop affordable and efficient printable solar collectors and power storage systems that could be deployed in rural areas; create an early warning system for plant diseases affecting our banana plantations; design precise water management systems for agriculture; invent accurate diagnostic kits for dengue that could be used by rural health workers; discover new anti-malarial drugs; and enhance local capacity to design and assemble medical devices.
The K to 12 Transition Program was designed to mitigate the effects of the implementation of K to 12 on the higher education sector from 2016 to 2021, and to provide a safety net for faculty, staff and higher education institutions affected by low student enrolment, as students will be in Grades 11 and 12 instead of college. In the 1st semester of AY 2016-17 alone, more than 4,000 faculty and staff received grants from CHED, with an additional 3,000 grantees targeted for the 2nd semester. This allowed CHED to successfully minimize displacement of HEI personnel to just 3,286, compared to the estimated 9,000 for 2016 alone.
The budget for 2017 is even more critical as two full batches of students—supposedly college freshmen and sophomores, respectively—would be enrolled instead in Senior High School come June 2017.
Continued support is needed to provide cushion to HEIs and encourage them to place their affected faculty and staff in graduate studies, continuing professional education, or research activities instead of retrenchment. Without sufficient funds, displacement numbers will increase drastically in 2017, with a PhP1 billion cut equivalent to a decrease in the coverage of about 2,463 faculty and staff.
CHED underscores the opportunity to invest in strategic reforms during this transition period to upgrade Philippine higher education sector, and for it to become more competitive regionally. In Malaysia, 70 percent of their faculty already have graduate degrees, while in Vietnam, the figure is at 62 percent, paralleled with generous scholarships abroad. Meanwhile, only 50 percent of our faculty have graduate degrees, oftentimes in disciplines not aligned to what they are teaching. Through the K to 12 Transition Program, CHED aims to increase this share to 70 percent in the next 5 years, with accompanying efforts to improve institutional capacities.
Finally, it is important to stress that the reduction in the budget of both projects run counter to President Duterte’s ten-point agenda that puts primacy on investments in human capital development—which begins foremost with faculty who are well-trained in their fields— as well as the promotion of science and technology to enhance innovation and creative capacity.
The Commission therefore strongly urges Congress to restore the P2-billion budget, and allow CHED to fulfil its role of working towards a locally responsive and globally competitive Philippine higher education system.
Issued this 19th day of October 2016 at the Higher Education Development Center Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.
For the Commission:
(signed) Patricia B. Licuanan, Ph.D. Chairperson
About the CHED-PCARI Project
The Philippine-California Advance Research Institutes (PCARI) Project is a five-year capacity building, technology-generating collaborative initiative designed to upgrade to global standards the research, development and innovation capabilities and competencies of Philippine higher education institutions.
The PCARI Project is a new approach that will enhance skills and expertise through (1) Scholarships and Training, but primarily (2) Research Partnerships with highly-ranked research universities in California, USA. We initially partnered with the University of California (UC) Berkeley and the University of California San Francisco. Last year, we expanded to include UC Davis and more recently, UC Los Angeles. The PCARI Projects’ priority areas are in the fields of Information Infrastructure Development (IID) and Health Innovation and Translational Medicine (HITM).
After two cycles of research proposals generation and review, there are now 16 ongoing PCARI R&D projects involving 15 local higher education institutions (public and private) in the priority areas of Information Infrastructure Development (IID) and Health Innovation and Translational Medicine (HITM). These projects aim to harness leading edge research in the emerging technologies of IT, biotechnology, materials science and innovations in health and translational medicine to develop products and services to address societal scale problems in the country.
(For more info on PCARI, please visit
About the CHED-K to 12 Transition Program
The role of CHED in the implementation of K to 12 is stipulated under Republic Act No. 10533 and cover the areas of curriculum development, teacher education and training, ensure smooth transition to K to 12, and ensure the rights of labor vis-à-vis the sustainability of private and public higher education institutions.
To provide support to higher education institutions and personnel during the 5-year transition period (from 2016 to 2021), CHED has designed a comprehensive range of developmental programs that both mitigate impact on labor and upgrade quality of Philippine higher education. These are directed towards Scholarships for Graduate Studies and Professional Advancement (local and abroad), Faculty and Staff Development Grants (Research and Sectoral Engagement), and Institutional Development and Innovation Grants for Institutions.
The K to 12 Transition Program has also worked alongside higher education institutions, public and private, offering Senior High School (SHS) to ensure quality learning, through the development of teaching guides, resources, and the conduct of teacher training, ultimately ensuring college readiness for the K to 12 graduates by 2018.
(For more info on CHED's K to 12 Transition program visit

Monday, October 17, 2016

The First PCARI Research and Development Conference

Filipino researchers met and interacted with their University of California collaborators at the First PCARI Research and Development Conference held last October 13-14, 2016 at the Hive Hotel and Convention Place, Sct. Tuazon, Quezon City, Philippines.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Register now for the 2016 National Electrochemical Energy Storage Workshop

The UP Laboratory for Electrochemical Engineering and CHED-PCARI's GREEN POWER Program is inviting faculty, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, and national agencies to its 2016 National Electrochemical Energy Storage Workshop on October 20-22, 2016 to be held at the NIP Small Auditorium, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

Thank you, Central Luzon!

Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija (September 09, 2016) ----    It was a full house as the PCARI Project held its Scholarships Forum for Central Luzon at the RET Amphitheater, Central Luzon State University, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija today.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Photo News: UCD visits PCARI Project

Fostering ties - (from L to R) Atty. Walfrido E. Gloria, Deputy Program Manager; Ms. Jean C. Tayag, CHED Consultant; Ms. Joanna Regulska, UC DavisVice Provost and  Associate Chancellor for Global Affairs; and Ms. Evelyn V. Mojica, CHED Consultant last September 5, 2016 at CHED Central Office, Diliman, Quezon City

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

It's ON, Central Luzon!

We are happy to announce that we are visiting Central Luzon for the final leg of PCARI Scholarships Forum 2016!

This opportunity is for you! Know more about the 200 PCARI Scholarship slots for graduate degrees (MS and PhD), Sandwich Programs, and Postdoctoral Study Awards.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cycle 4 Request for Proposals now extended!

We are extending the submission for 4th Cycle Request for Proposals to 9 September 2016, 11:59 PM, Manila Time (9 September 2016, 07:59 AM, PDT). Please submit your proposals electronically to the PCARI Secretariat at on or before the said deadline.

Thank you.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Salamat Gid, Negros Occidental and Panay Island!

The Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) successfully held its Scholarship Forum in Negros Occidental and Panay Island last August 4 and 5, respectively, as part of its national roadshow series that aims to deliver and inform Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from all over the country about its scholarship program offerings.

For Negros Occidental, the Scholarship Forum was held at the Sofia Hall, Nature’s Village Resort, Talisay City; while for Panay Island, it was held at the Corporate ABC, Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City.

More than 250 participants composed of students, faculty, researchers and staff of HEIs from both Negros Occidental and Panay Island joined the Forum that discussed the two virtual institutes of the PCARI Project: Institute for Health Innovation and Translational Medicine (IHITM) and Institute for Information Infrastructure Development (IID).

Participants from various colleges and universities filled the Sophia Hall of 
Nature's Village Resort last August 4, 2016 at Talisay City, Negros Occidental

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

You're next, Panay Island and Region VI!

Scholarships at California, USA? You'll learn more about it at the upcoming Scholarship Forums. Dates and venues are set for the forums at Panay Island and Region VI, and it is next week!


Registration starts at 8 am and totally free.

Drop by and say hi to the PCARI Team and Project Leaders. See you there!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

PCARI 4th Cycle of Request for Proposals (RFPs) is Now Open

PCARI is pleased to announce a new cycle of Request for Proposals (RFPs) for CHED-PCARI funding. Projects to be funded under this announcement are expected to be either in the priority areas of information infrastructure development and health innovation and translational medicine to be undertaken jointly by collaborating eligible HEIs. 

Proposals must address a significant societal problem and have the potential to bring about and sustain technology transfer or commercialization activities. For this cycle, preference will be given to project proposals in Agriculture, Marine and Aquatic Sciences, and in the priority areas stated above.

A pre-condition for the approval of the proposals is for these to be undertaken in collaboration with a university in California, USA, such as the University of California Berkeley (UCB), the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and the University of California Davis (UC Davis).

Submissions must be received electronically by the PCARI Secretariat at on or before 31 August 2016, 11:59 PM, Manila time; (31 August 2016, 07:59 AM, PDT).

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Memorandum of Agreement Signing

CHED-PCARI partners with UCLA

Commission on Higher Education Chairperson and PCARI Project Director Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan (left) signs a Memorandum of Agreement with University of California Los Angeles Chancellor Gene D. Block on June 18, 2016.


Quezon City, PH –     A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the Commission on Higher Education (represented by CHED Chairperson and PCARI Project Director Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan) and University of California Los Angeles campus (represented by UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block) held at the Office of the President, Quezon Hall, UP Diliman, last June 18, 2016.

Friday, June 17, 2016

PCARI Joins Kabisig Philippine Government Expo and Trade Fair 2016

As a project under Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) is joining the Kabisig Philippine Government Expo and Trade Fair 2016 on June 20-22, 2016 at SM Megamall.

The Kabisig Philippine Government Expo and Trade Fair 2016 shall exhibit and showcase government efforts through various projects and programs driven by the participating government agencies including Local Government units (LGUs) and Government-Owned/and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs).

PCARI shall showcase its scholarships for MS and PhD degrees, Sandwich Programs, and Post-Doctoral Study Awards. Brochures, primers, and scholarship application forms shall be made available at the venue.

For everyone who missed the PCARI road show series for National Capitol Region, this is your chance to talk with PCARI representatives for application inquiries. 

See you at SM Megamall on June 20-22, 2016 from 10 AM to 9 PM!

Friday, June 10, 2016

PCARI Scholarship Forum at Central Visayas!

Get ready Central Visayas!

It's now your chance to study in selected Philippine and California, USA Universities, all for free!

The Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) Project invites individuals in the fields of health, ICT, agriculture, marine sciences and engineering to attend the PCARI Scholarship Forum happening on June 30 and July 1 at the Audio Visual Room, University of Cebu, Banilad Campus, Cebu City.

Save these dates because the event is absolutely FREE! For more information, please contact Kristianne or Aya at landline (02) 352-5591 or email

Thursday, May 5, 2016




Please be informed that the Commission on Higher Education has accepted, with regret, the resignation of Dr. Joel Joseph Marciano, Jr. as Interim Director of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Development (IIID) of the Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) Project effective 7 March 2016.
Dr. William G. Padolina shall act as Interim Director of IIID until such appointment shall have been made.