DAVAO CITY The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) conducted the first public consultation on the Guidelines Implementing Republic Act 11312, an Act Strengthening the Magna Carta for Scientists, Engineers, Researchers and other Science and Technology (S&T) Personnel in the Government on February 12, 2020 at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, Davao City.
The activity seeks to inform personnel from various national government agencies and other government organizations such as State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Mindanao who are involved in S&T on the proposed additional rules and regulations of the RA 11312 (amending for the Purpose Republic Act No. 8439). It also intends to gather recommendations and necessary inputs from the participants which is crucial to create more comprehensive guidelines.
The discussion centered on three main provisions amended under the act namely, the provision of honorarium, extension of service (additional five years of the compulsory age), and certification of who should be entitled to the benefits of the act.
DOST Assistant Secretary for Administration and Legal Affairs, Teodoro M. Gatchalian, Ph.D. said the initiative is one way of encouraging more individuals to become scientists, researchers, and engineers and help boost economic development of the country through S&T.
This is one way of the government to incentivize our scientists, researchers and engineers. This is also one way of enticing people to go into science and technology, Asec Gatchalian said.
DOST XI Assistant Regional Director Eduardo Tesorero underscored the need to strengthen support for human resources hence, the formulation of guidelines.
We see this legislative move as essential to motivating and optimizing the potential of the men and women in public service with the right involvement to research and development, scientific and technological services, scientific and technical education and training (STET) activities to become champions in accelerating the science, technology and innovation ecosystem of the country, ARD Tesorero said.
Other series of consultations are set to be conducted in Visayas, Central Luzon and National Capital Region (NCR).
Asec Gatchalian said they are targeting to come up with the comprehensive guidelines within the month of February. (DOST PR)