The number of medals won from international science and mathematics competitions has skyrocketed in 2013 setting a new mark in Philippine history. 

The Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) honored 447 elementary and high school students who have won gold, silver and bronze in international competitions held last year, topping the previous high of 308 recorded in 2012. 

The winning students were given recognition by DOST with the Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Award, a DOST institutional award for exemplary achievement of the youth in the fields of science and mathematics and shall come in the form of a medal of distinction to be awarded by the Secretary of Science and Technology or the DOST Regional Director in a fitting ceremony toward the end of each year. 

During the YES Awarding ceremony held at the University of the Philippines’ National Institute of Science and Mathematics Education Development in Diliman, Quezon City, DOST Secretary Mario Montejo lauded the batch for setting a whole new record of excellence in the international scene. This is the first time in the recognition program’s history that the number of YES Awardees reached over 400. 

Saint Jude Catholic School and Grace Christian College had the most number of medalists with 20 apiece. 

In his message, DOST Secretary Mario Montejo lauded the awardees and encouraged them to continue in pursuing excellence in the field of S&T. 

“Our people definitely need your gifts in the creation of S&T-based solutions to address the pressing issues of this time. You are all capable to work on breakthroughs through research and development, and your creative minds will surely produce innovative technologies that can help boost our industries and the economy,” said Montejo. 

“Join us in the Philippine science community and help propel the Philippines towards a better future,” he added. 

Meanwhile, Undersecretary for S&T Services Prof. Fortunato dela Peña urged the awardees to maintain their “thirst for excellence” and reminded them of DOST’s Scholarship Program as a mechanism to help them achieve brighter things in the future. 

“[L]et us prove to the world that we are achievers beyond competitions,” dela Peña remarked.(30)