Leaders of various nations have recognized the important role of science and technology, along with innovation, in achieving economic growth and improving the lives of their constituents.
President Marcos, genuinely concerned about national development, took the opportunity at the opening ceremony for the 2022 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on November 23 to reaffirm his government’s policy of stepping up research and calling for a “greater Pool” of scientists to accelerate the nation’s transformation into a more advanced society.
The President has directed the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to allocate sufficient resources to research and development to persuade more Filipino scientists to stay here.
“I encourage our Filipino scientists, researchers, inventors and innovators to share their expertise, especially to young people. I urge you to remain in the country while you pursue your career. We will continue to support you and continue to regard you as active partners of the government,” he said.
Marcos rightly pointed out that the development of science and technology in the Philippines should start with our young people. To that end, he pledged to set up a scholarship program specifically for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) students, and “this will not be limited to those who have their skills, their skills and how they earned these scholarships here, below.” have provided proof to the Philippines, but to any institution where they are accepted abroad.”
Such a laudable plan should lead to the development of a whole generation of young Filipinos who are well-versed in the diverse subjects in the STEM fields of study and hone their skills in applying scientific principles to real-world applications.
It might take a few years, but when the Marcos administration launches this grant program next year, we would still be producing scientists and experts in biotechnology, physical sciences, animal and plant sciences, information technology, and other fields during the PBBM’s tenure.
As the CEO himself said: This is important so that they develop our employees, we develop our skills and knowledge.
Critical to this plan to drive greater achievements in science and technology (S&T) is the Chief Executive’s pledge to support local scientists from the government. He said his government will support initiatives to boost science and technology and research and development-based solutions to the country’s problems, especially in the agricultural sector.
Let’s support the President’s call to build a “larger pool of scientists, researchers and innovators in the country”.
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