The number of slots for undergraduate scholarship offered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under its Science Education Institute (SEI), has more than tripled in five years, jumping from 1,250 in 2010 to 5,595 in 2015.
“We’re also now preparing the groundwork for recruiting new partner universities and introducing innovations into the program for us to expand by 100% in 2017, on our way to meet the required critical number of scientists,” stated DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo in his keynote speech at “In Touch with Excellence,” one of the events during the recent National Science and Technology Week.
In addition, DOST is now producing an average of 350 Master’s and 35 PhD graduates in priority science and engineering courses annually.
“Since 2010, we have been strengthening and enhancing our S&T ecosystem, an ecosystem that empowers our scientists and engineers to come up with innovative ideas to improve productivity, enhance delivery of government services, and address the most pressing concerns of Aling Maria and Mang Juan,” said Montejo during the event which feted DOST scholars who achieved academic excellence in schoolyear 2014-2015.
According to the Science Secretary, the most critical component of this ecosystem is its human resources, and their number is critical for the Philippines to become a Science Nation able to sustain its development.
“You are blessed with intelligence,” Montejo said, addressing the scholars in the audience. “It’s only proper to use this God-given intelligence to explore and understand nature.
Whatever God created in nature is for our benefit. Let us use this for our country’s own good.”
Meanwhile, Ernest Nathan L. Nogales, a scholar who graduated summa cum laude from UP Diliman with a degree in BS Chemical Engineering and one of the honorees, rallied his co-DOST scholars to “think about serving the people, not out of duty but out of love. I assure you there is lasting happiness there.”
In his speech, Nogales reminded them that some areas in the country remain marginalized – with no electricity, among others.
On the other hand, DOST Undersecretary for Scientific and Technological Services Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara called on the scholars to venture in entrepreneurship while completing their dissertation or thesis.
Around 239 undergraduate, MS, and PhD scholars under SEI’s various scholarship programs were honored this year for their academic achievements in “In Touch with Excellence” held at the Philippine International Convention Center.
For more about the scholarships, log on to www.sei.dost.gov.ph and www.science-scholarships.ph (S&T Media Service)
DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo
DOST scholar Ernest Nathan L. Nogales, summa cum laude graduate from UP Diliman with a degree in BS Chemical Engineering (middle) and his parents with (from left) DOST Usec. Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, DOST Sec. Mario G. Montejo, and DOST-SEI Dir. Dr. Josette T. Biyo (far right).