THE Science for Change Program (S4CP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) was recognized during the 2022 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA).

The UNPSA honors the achievements and contributions of institutions that resulted in the improvement of public administration in countries worldwide.

Science and Technology chief Fortunato de la Peña said that the UNPSA award was a milestone for the agency.

"We are grateful and honored to the UNPSA for giving this prestigious recognition to the Science for Change Program. The S4CP has embarked on a journey to capitalize on the importance of R&D (research and development) in achieving socioeconomic development through research collaboration and cooperation between and among industry, academe, and research institutions to improve productivity and global competitiveness," he added.

The UN commended the S4CP's contribution to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals — a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for mankind.

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"[The S4CP's] outstanding achievement has demonstrated excellence in serving the public interest and it has made a significant contribution to the improvement of public administration in your country. Indeed, it will serve as an inspiration and encouragement for others working for public service," it said.

De la Peña said that the S4CP was able to stay true to its message of delivering "Science to the People," providing solutions, creating a positive impact, supporting wealth generation and elevating the bar of public service for the benefit of Filipinos.

"It is my sincere hope that the Science for Change Program will continue to grow and flourish in the coming years, and deliver the kind of transformation that the Philippines needs and deserves. I am confident that with [our partners'] full support, we can all continue making Science for Change to be Science for the People," he said.

DoST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara said that the S4CP enabled an inclusive innovation ecosystem with various opportunities for stakeholders and industry players that "address societal problems that translate to community transformation and regional and national socio-economic development."

Major projects implemented under the S4CP include the Niche Centers in the Regions for Research and Development Program, Research and Development Leadership Program, Collaborative Research and Development to Leverage Philippine Economy Program, and Business Innovation Through Science and Technology for Industry Program.

The UNPSA has received more than 350 applications from 58 countries, with 10 winning initiatives for this year, including the Philippines' S4CP.