BUTUAN CITY, March 21 -- We need to strengthen our human resource in science and technology now that we are moving towards the 4th industrial revolution, Department of Science and Technology- Caraga Regional Director Dominga Mallonga said.
Mallonga spoke with pride before the 16 new Junior Level Science Scholarship program (JLSS) 2018 qualifiers with their parents from Agusan del Norte during the Orientation and Scholarship Signing at Watergate Hotel, Butuan City on February 28 .
We need more engineers and researchers, especially in agroforestry and mining industry. We need your help in government initiative to promote manufacturing and digital convergence among academe, industry, businesses and other processes, she said.
She highlighted that the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is in full support to talented and deserving students who would like to pursue Science and Technology courses and careers.
Mallonga is hoping to expand the reach of DOST scholarship programs in the region.
We also have the DOST S4CP or Science for Change Program which can help regions in capacity-building and industry competitiveness, she added.
S4CP is a DOST effort in accelerating Science, Technology, and Innovation in the country thru massive investment in human resource development and R&D.
Jerome T. Remadar, a new JLSS scholar and third year BS in Geodetic Engineering student from Caraga State University (CSU), said that he felt the need for more scientists and engineers in the region.
I like working with hazard maps. I even want to work with Geo-safer Mindanao after graduation. In that way, I could also help with disaster preparedness in communities. The scholarship is a big help for me to reach that dream, said Remadar in an interview.
Geo-safer Mindanao is a DOST-funded project in CSU for geo-informatics.
In Caraga region, a total of 43 out of 90 applicants who took the exam last October, 2018 qualified for JLSS.
Aside from the qualifiers from Agusan del Norte, there are 15 qualifiers from Agusan del Sur, eight from Surigao del Norte and four from Surigao del Sur who signed the Scholarship Agreement with their parents and were also oriented with the scholarship policies.
Scholars will avail privileges such as book allowance, transportation, graduation clothing, monthly living allowance, group health and accident insurance, and fund for other school fees.
Early last year, DOST-SEI announced enhanced benefits for DOST scholars. (DOST Caraga/PIA Caraga)