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President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo cuts the ceremonial ribbon to open the exhibit for the 28th anniversary of the Philippine Council for Industry and Energy Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCIERD-DOST) March 17, 2010 at the Hyatt Hotel in Manila. Assisting her are DOST Secretary Estrella Albastro (right) and Undersecretary Graciano Yumul, Jr. (left). In her keynote speech later in the program, Pres. Arroyo hoped the next administration will continue to support the science sector by allocating more funds for research and development (R&D) and human resource development. During her term, Arroyo infused P5 billion for R&D, including P1 billion for the National Science Complex in UP Diliman and 100,000 scholarship slots for science and engineering. Arroyo congratulated PCIERD-DOST for its various projects that advance science and technology, the two important factors that will propel the country’s growth, she said. (S&T Media Service)



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