The PCARI team will hold a similar forum in Bacolod City on Aug.
PCARI is a project of the Philippine governments Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in collaboration with California-based and leading Philippine academic institutions.
CHEd added that there are still PCARI funds from 2013 and 2014 "that can still be spent" [and] has to be used within two years, as per the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
The PCARI project triggered controversies in 2013 when its P1.
More controversies surfaced when concerns and irregularities were raised by two CHEd officials, former CHEd Commissioner Nona Ricafort and Director for Finance and Administration Carmina Alonzo, who reportedly withdrew their support for PCARI.
Licuanan dubbed the PCARI project as an unprecedented government initiative in response to the "disturbing reality that the Philippines is way behind its neighbors in terms of having a sustainable university-based research infrastructure for technological innovation.
The PCARI will be headed by Filipino Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dado Banatao for scientific researches by select scientists from the US and the Philippines.
In order to further enlighten interested parties on the project, PCARI is set to conduct a nationwide series of road shows in selected Philippine Higher Education Institutes.
PCARI is a project of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in collaboration with California-based and leading Philippine academic institutions.
The misgivings stem from how PCARI was pre-selected as the sole recipient of the multibillion-peso funding for the "research and scholarship project" included in CHEd's budget.
The grants will be controlled by PCARI and given to select faculty of the University of California Berkeley (UCB), where Banatao and his wife sit in advisory bodies, and UC San Francisco (UCSF) and to their counterpart Filipino scientists from top universities and research institutions here.
The PCARI website had listed Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad and Licuanan as members of PCARI's directive committee along with Dado Banatao and his son Rey Banatao.