In the late 80s, Research and Development (R&D) institutions and organizations in Southern Mindanao saw the need for collaboration and networking in order to achieve a common goal – a dynamic system of research management attuned to regional needs for development and effective technology transfer from knowledge producers to user-farmers in the rural areas where small-scale household farming dominates.
Inspired by that vision, nine (9) agencies led by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), a council of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) with the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) decided to adopt a network-like alliance to address the above concern. Thus, the Southern Mindanao Agriculture and Resources Research & Development Consortium (SMARRDEC) was established on August 13, 1987 through the forging of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Agriculture as base agency. Its original membership included the Department of Agriculture (DA-RFU XI), Department of Science & Technology (DOST) XI, National Economic & Development Authority (NEDA) XI, Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR-RDS) XI, University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) and Twin Rivers Research Center (TRRC). Together with other Consortia in the country, SMARRDEC is tasked in managing R&D efforts in accelerating the generation, utilization and commercialization of technologies in agriculture, aquatic and natural resources in Davao Region.
Fifteen years after its inception, the Consortium made a landmark decision in during its 57th SMARRDEC Regional Research and Development Coordinating Council (RRDCC) Meeting held on December 11, 2002 to transfer the hosting of the Consortium from the Department of Agriculture (DA) to the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) starting April 2003. Apparently, the national trend was for the academe to take the lead role in S&T consortia and alliances in view of its inherent mandate to pursue R&D.
“A Relevant and Value Adding Regional Research, Development and Extension Leader for Tropical Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources”
“To nurture a culture of excellence in science- and market-driven knowledge generation and utilization for Region’s welfare”
“Sustained relevant Research, Development and Extension management responsive to the needs of communities through productive stakeholder partnerships”
Since its inception in 1987, SMARRDEC has been governed by a Regional Research and Development Coordinating Council (RRDCC).
The RRDCC as the policy-making body of the consortium is composed of the heads of member-agencies who shall elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson from among themselves. The position of the chairperson and vice-chairperson who shall serve for two (2) years may be rotated among the member-agencies.
The SMARRDEC Secretariat is composed of a Consortium Director that heads the working arm of the Consortium with its management support staff and Coordinators of Regional Research and Development Group (RRDG), Regional Techno Gabay Program (RTGP), Regional Communications Office (RACO) and a Regional Management Information Systems (RMIS) respectively.
The RRDG coordinates the planning, development, monitoring and evaluation of on-going and completed R&D projects and information communications and technology (ICT) concerns regarding collection and submission of R&D data. The RTGP group leads the planning, coordination and management of the technology promotion and commercialization activities of the consortium. As the communication arm of the Consortium, the RACO is the communication specialists within the consortium and is usually composed of the regional information officers of government departments and extension communication officers of SUCs. It provides purposive and effective applied communication to bring S&T information to the consortium’s various clienteles while the RMIS Group coordinates the planning, development, maintenance and monitoring of information communications and technology (ICT) concerns at and within the regional level.
Today, the Consortium has 27 members. Its present membership has grown not only to include research and research-oriented organizations/institutions but also catalytic institutions like Local Government Units (LGUs), Trade associations and the like.
1.Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) XI
2.Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR)
3.Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)
4.Bureau of Plant Industry-Davao National Crops Research & Development Center (BPI-DNCRDC)
5.City Government of Davao
6.Davao Integrated Development Program (DIDP)
7.Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST)
8.Department of Agriculture (DA-RFU XI)
9.Department of Environment and Natural Resource (DENR) XI
10.Department of Science and Technology (DOST) XI
11.Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) XI
12.Department of Tourism (DoT) XI
13.Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) XI
14.National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) XI
15.Philippine Coconut Authority-Davao Research Center (PCA-DRC)
16.Philippine Council for Agriculture Aquatic and Natural Resources Research And Development (PCAARRD)
17.Provincial Government of Davao del Norte,
18.Provincial Government of Davao Oriental
19.Provincial Government of Davao del Sur
20.Southern Philippines Agri-business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST)
21.University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP)
22.University of the Philippines-Mindanao (UP-Min)
23.Davao del Norte State College (DNSC).
The Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) XI and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) joined in only recently. With the change in the geopolitical landscape of some regions in Mindanao, earlier members, such as CODA and MSU-GenSan withdrew their membership from SMARRDEC. Around that time, TRRC, a private research arm of a local banana growing company in the Davao area, likewise did the same.