Executive Order No. 583, s. 2006





WHEREAS, Article XIV, Section 10 of the Constitution provides that “x x x The state shall give priority to research and development, invention, innovation, and their utilization; and to science and technology education, training, and services x x x.”;

WHEREAS, efforts to support and strengthen our scientific and technological capabilities and their application to our country’s productive systems and national life require complementary initiatives in generating new scientific knowledge and technology, technology transfer and diffusion, and technology utilization and management;

WHEREAS, all these efforts presuppose the availability of highly trained manpower to lead and direct scientific and technological activities in the academe, the private sector, and the government;

WHEREAS, the University of the Philippines, demonstrating competence and availability of core scientific personnel, national centers of excellence, intellectual resources, and academic and research infrastructure, is in the best position to harness and organize State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), private universities, other private and public academic institutions, industry, government agencies, and other sectors, in order to serve as the national hub for the generation and application of new scientific knowledge in the natural and applied sciences and mathematics;

WHEREAS, the University of the Philippines, with the assistance of the aforementioned institutions and sectors, has the capability of supplying competent manpower and technical support for the UP S&T Park and its component Technology Business Incubators (TBIs);

WHEREAS, the University of the Philippines and its S&T Park can potentially serve as a model for other technology parks in the country;

WHEREAS, in a meeting of the UP Board of Regents on September 29, 2006, the establishment of the National Science Complex in UP Diliman has been approved and has authorized the UP President to seek support from the government on this endeavor;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:

SECTION 1. The National Science Complex. – The National Science Complex and Technology Incubation Park is hereby established in a 21.9 hectare area of the southern sector of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, which shall be composed of the following Member Institutes:

a. National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS)
b. Marine Science Institute (MSI)
c. National Institute of Physics (NIP)
d. National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB)
e. Institute of Biology (IB)
f. Institute of Chemistry (IC)
g. Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM)
h. Department of Mathematics (DM)
i. Natural Science Research Institute (NSRI)

SECTION 2. Management, Operation and Institution of the National Science Complex and Technology Incubation Park. – The UP Board of Regents is hereby authorized to organize the abovementioned institutes, and such other additional institutes, centers, departments and laboratories in the future which it may deem proper to create, utilizing the staff, physical facilities and programs of the University and its constituent units as appropriate. It shall issue such rules regulations and other issuances as may be necessary to ensure the effective implementation of this Executive Order.

SECTION 3. Appropriations. – The appropriation for the infrastructure of the National Science Complex and Technology Incubation Park, as authorized under Republic Act No. 9358, approved on October 16, 2006, to supplement the FY 2006 Budget, under Section 1, C, C.1 thereof, in the amount of Five Hundred Million Pesos (PhP500,000,000.00) shall be released to UP by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in accordance with budgeting laws, rules and regulations.

SECTION 4. Repealing Clause. – All other executive issuances, rules and regulations or parts thereof which are inconsistent with the provisions of this Executive Order are hereby repealed, amended or modified accordingly.

SECTION 5. Effectivity. – This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.

DONE, in the City of Manila, on this 8th day of December in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Six.

President of the Philippines

By the President:

Executive Secretary

Source: Malacañang Records Office

Office of the President of the Philippines. (2006). [Executive Order Nos. : 501-600]. Manila : Malcañang Records Office.