DOST Region 8 offers scholarship for science and technology courses

admin   •   August 1, 2016   •   6935


TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines — Students who want to pursue science and technology-related courses may now apply for a scholarship grant from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 8.

DOST regional director Edgardo Esperancilla said, third year and fourth year level students may avail of the junior level science scholarship program under the full implementation of the K-12 program.

This is in accordance with the fast-tracked Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 2013 which aims to fill up the shortage of teachers for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in high school.

“We are happy to report that in Region 8, we are the only region with 100% DOST scholars in all the municipalities of the region. 652 scholars in the whole region,” said Esperancilla.

The DOST will subsidize the tuition and other school fees of qualified applicants in the scholarship program. They will also be given monthly allowances.

Students who can finish their courses under the program will be given priority to teach in the high school level even without a licensure examination for teachers or LET eligibility. But they are obliged to take the exam within five years.

Meanwhile, the DOST-8 has intensified its graduate school scholarship program for those who want to pursue a doctorate or master’s degree.

The program aims improve the country’s global competitiveness and innovation through science and technology as well as increasing the ratio of scientists and engineers in the country.

Aside from tuition, scholars taking a master’s degree under the program will receive Php18,000 monthly allowance, and Php28,000 for the PhD. (UNTV News & Rescue)

Number of dengue cases in NCR exceeds alert threshold – DOH

Maris Federez   •   August 16, 2019

A child suffering from dengue fever receives medical treatment at an isolation ward of a government-run hospital in Manila, Philippines, 16 July 2019. (Photoville International)

The National Capital Region (NCR) has recorded more than 11,000 dengue cases from January to August 10 this year.

This is 33% higher than what was recorded in the past five years.

“It’s starting to rise and just like the other regions that began with the alert levels, naging epidemic level na sila [they’ve reached the epidemic level]. Pwede pa ring sumipa ang dengue. Kaya hindi ho tayo pwedeng magpahinay-hinay [Dengue case can still go up. That’s why we should not be complacent],” Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque said.

The cities in the NCR where dengue cases have spiked include Paranaque, Malabon, Taguig, Makati, and Mandaluyong.

The DOH clarified that no medicine, supplement, or vaccine had been proven to cure dengue.

The health department also supports the move of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to fund the distribution of food supplements which may help increase an individual’s platelet count to avoid dengue.

“Wala namang gamot ang dengue. Wala ring bakuna. At kung meron man sila ng inaalay na makakagamot, hindi po totoo iyan. Ito po ay food suppmement lamang at kinakailangan merong FDA certificate of product registration [There is no medicine for dengue. No vaccine either. And if there are some who offer something that’s supposed to cure dengue, it’s not true. It’s just a food supplement and it needs to have FDA certificate of product registration],” Duque added.

The health official then reminded the public to clean their surroundings and eradicate dengue-mosquito breeding areas through the 4 o’clock habit using the 4S strategy:

  • Search and Destroy
  • Self- Protection
  • Seek Early Consultation
  • Support Space Spraying

This is to further prevent the number of dengue cases in Metro Manila to further exceed the health department’s alert threshold. (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

Phl climbs 19 spots in Global Innovation Index 2019

Marje Pelayo   •   July 25, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has climbed up by 19 spots in the recently released Global Innovation Index 2019 rankings.

Ranking 73rd in 2017 and 2018, the Philippines jumped to 54th place this year,

Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said that among the Philippines strongest points that contributed to this achievement include the country’s high tech net exports and imports; research talents; Information and communications technology (ICT) services exports; creative good exports such as animations, science and engineering works; formal training services among others.

Meanwhile, the country did not fare well in ease of getting credit, ease of starting a business as well as investments in education.

Despite the setbacks, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) took pride in the Department’s contribution to the country’s improvement in the global ranking such as the Hybrid Train technology; the dengue kit that has been effective in detecting early signs of dengue; the Philippines’ space technology which have already launched two micro-satellites; food supplement for palay; and the latest technology on hazard prevention, the Hazard Hunter.

According to Sec. Dela Peña, this improvement in ranking will definitely encourage more investors to do their business here in the Philippines. – with reports from Rey Pelayo

Filipino scientists recognized as among the top in Asia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 5, 2019

Eight Filipino scientists were recognized by Asian Scientist Magazine’s as among the top scientists in Asia for the year 2019.

  • Dr. Rosalinda C. Torres of Technology Development Institute (Chemistry)
  • Dr. Marissa A. Paglicawan of Technology Development Institute (Material Science)
  • Artemio Salazar of University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños (Agriculture)
  • Rody Sy of UP Manila (Biomedical Science)
  • Gay Jane Perez of UP Diliman (Environmental Sciences and Geology)
  • Charissa Marcaida Ferrera of UP Diliman (Life Sciences)
  • Elmer Dadios of De La Salle University’s (Engineering)
  • Ricardo Balog of University of Santo Tomas’ (Engineering)

The magazine recognizes individuals who have made a significant scientific discovery or provided leadership in academia or industry.

“Now into its fourth edition, the Asian Scientist 100: 2019 edition celebrates the success of the region’s best and brightest, highlighting their achievements across a range of scientific disciplines,” according to the magazine.—AAC


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