According to Director Ramon Sumabat of the Ilocos Sur Science and Technology Center of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) there are 17 scholars of Ilocos Sur for SY 2012-2013.

The science and technology scholarship program was instituted through Republic Act 7687. Of the 17 scholars, 14 are enrolled at the University of Northern Philippines (UNP) in Barangay Tamag of this city in courses such as Physics, Biology, Geodetic Engineering, and Mathematics. One scholar is taking an Associate Course in Information Technology at Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College. Two are studying Computer Science at Northern Luzon Philippine State College, formerly the UNP Candon Campus.

The Undergraduate Scholarship Program of DOST implemented by the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) are offered yearly to talented and deserving students who wish to pursue a four- or five-year courses in priority science and technology fields.

RA 7687 Scholarships and the Merit Scholarships both aim to produce and develop high quality human resources who will man the Science and Technology (S&T) and Research Development (R&D) efforts in the country.

With the fast-paced advancement of technology and the increasing demands of globalization, there is a need to increase the pool of experts in science and technology (S & T). Through the S&T Scholarships, DOST-SEI helps contribute in providing human resources that will beef up attainment of the national R&D priority thrusts. T

The 2013 S&T Undergraduate Scholarships are now open to qualified secondary senior students. High school graduates who have not taken any college units may also apply. Application forms and scholarship brochures can be obtained at the Science Education Institute, 2/F Science Heritage Building, DOST Compound, Bicutan, Taguig City; DOST regional offices; Provincial Science and Technology centers (PSTC) or from offices of Congressmen and Senators during months of August or September.

Scholarship grants of the DOST is in keeping with its commitment to support future scientists and science and technology (S&T) workers who are expected to help spur progress in the economy. “The country’s future is through S & T. Its greatest asset is its human resource”, Science Secretary Mario G. Montejo said.

According to the Science and Technology Post, there is an increasing demand for S&T professionals, and DOST-S&T have produced a significant number of undergraduate, master’s and PhD scholars who are now working in several industries in the Philippines and abroad.

Aside from the baccalaureate scholarships, DOST-SEI administers two other major scholarships for college graduates who wish to pursue master and doctorate studies: the Accelerated S & T Human Resource Development Program for basic and applied S&T fields, and the Engineering Research and Development for Technology for engineering fields. Both programs are implemented in collaboration with academic consortiums or alliances of leading schools and universities offering master and PhD degrees in identified priority fields of study.

Moreover, Dr. Filma Brawner, DOST- Science and Education Institute Director, said that it is through awarding scholarship grants to eligible individuals that we enable the country to better produce high level human resources to fill the gaps in identified areas of S & T.

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