By Eddie O Barrita
The Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) Project is banking on research and development (R&D) to help address the socio-economic development issues of the country, an official from the ERDT Project team said.
University of the Philippines-Diliman ERDT program leader Dr. Aura Matias said they are aiming for R&D that would help address the country’s issues on sustainability, health, security and quality of life.
That, she said, is apart from improving the quality of engineering education and graduates in the country.
According to Dr. Reynaldo Vea, president of the Mapua Institute of Technology, the ERDT program has six approved projects this year, amounting to P33 million. Of the amount, P4.5 million was set aside for the information and communication technology (ICT) sector and some P29.1 million for the semiconductors and electronics sector. Other key sectors of the program are energy and environment/infrastructure sectors.