02 February 2018
Helping Marawi rebuild. DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña leads in the signing of the memorandum of agreement with MSU System President, Dr. Habib W. Macaayong (second to right), and MSU-IIT Chancellor, Dr. Sukarno D. Tanggo (leftmost), for the implementation of the DOST Bangon Marawi Program in Science and Technology Human Resource Development, which will provide scholarships to students enrolled in STEM courses who were affected by the Marawi siege. The ceremony was held last January 26 in Iligan City.
When Nestor Acala decided to head back home to Marawi after completing his Doctorate in Mathematics as a scholar of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), he was full of hope for his would-be students at the Mindanao State University (MSU) – Marawi Campus.
However, the siege that began in May of 2017 and lasted five months left severe damages that have taken aback thousands of lives in the area. Acala and his students, for one, had to put their respective growths on hold at the onset of the war. What was supposed to be a time for moving up turned into chaos in an instant.
The war is over and the rebuilding begins for Acala and his people. Thankfully, the government’s Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Recovery, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Program is going full swing to help rehabilitate infrastructures and restore peace and order in the city. In support of this national program, DOST through the Science Education Institute (SEI) is initiating DOST Bangon Marawi Program in Science and Technology Human Resource Development (STHRD) as an educational assistance strategy for students affected by the conflict.
24 January 2018
Familiar and fresh. Top winner Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus (center) is part of PMO’s winning trio again. With him are new PMO winners Emmanuel Osbert Cajayon of Emilio Aguinaldo College (left) and Vincent Dela Cruz of Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science (right).
It was a big night for Pinoy math geniuses as the 20th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) held its final round of competition and awarding ceremony at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.
While it was a momentous event for all 21 National Stage Finalists, victory was sweetest for the top three winners – Kyle Patrick Dulay of the Philippine Science High School – Main Campus (1st place), Emmanuel Osbert Cajayon of Emilio Aguinaldo College (2nd Place) and Vincent Dela Cruz of Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science (3rd Place).
Dulay finally claimed the top spot after his first runner up victories in the 2016 and 2017 PMO finals while it was the first national stage win for Cajayon and Dela Cruz. Even DOST-SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo noticed that the final stage is home to some familiar faces, but she aptly added that this stage is not short of surprises.
Films on Filipino scientists in communities swept awards at the 2nd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition
07 December 2017
PSHS-CLC's film entitled Ilusyon nabbed the Best Film Award for the Youth Category, while ThinkConnect.Ph's "Pagbalud (When the Waves Swell)" topped the S&T Professional Category in the 2nd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition.
Ang siyensya ay nag-uugat sa komunidad. These were the words of filmmaker and UP professor Nick Deocampo when he viewed the competing films for the 2nd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition.
Indeed, the challenging task of defining Filipino scientists through film concluded with winners depicting Filipino scientists as those who use their research to help underprivileged communities.
The science-focused filmmaking competition, a project of the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) in partnership with the UP College of Mass Communication, held its closing and awarding ceremony last December 5 at the Aldaba Hall in UP Diliman attended by students, educators, filmmakers, and scientists. Indie-Siyensya aims to develop a science culture to the youth using film as a medium.
Entries from Philippine Science High School – Central Luzon Campus (PSHS-CLC) and ThinkConnect.PH from the Eastern Visayas each won the coveted 100,000 pesos cash prize along with the prestige of being the 2nd Indie-Siyensya Best Film in the Youth and S&T Professional categories respectively.
31 December 2017
4,529 third year college students will have more things to celebrate for this holiday season.
This, as the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) announced the qualifiers in the 2017 Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) examination, which was administered last November 19 nationwide.
The JLSS is a scholarship program under the Republic Act No. 7687 or the “S&T Scholarship Act of 1994,” R.A. No. 10612 or the “Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013,” and the R.A. No. 2067 or the Merit Scholarship Program.” There were a total of 6,049 third year college students who are enrolled in various S&T courses that took the examination for the said program.
04 December 2017
TWO IN A ROW. Rizal National Science High School successfully defended their title in this year's Can Satellite Competition, held on 28-29 November in Los Baños, Laguna. The team composed of Josh Rael Jorquia, Matthew Lemuel Rey, and Marla Ena Rosales, and their coach, Marlon Sta. Catalina, received their award from the judges composed of Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Robert Badrin, and Engr. Percival Magpantay.
Rizal National Science High School (RNSHS) proved they are the team to beat when it comes to designing and analyzing data from can satellites. The group, which bagged the top spot in last year’s Can Satellite (CanSat) competition, won this year’s Best Systems Engineering special award and emerged as the 3rd CanSat Competition champion anew. They prevailed over 14 other schools in the three-day event held last November 27-29 in Los Banos, Laguna.
RNSHS students Josh Rael Jorquia, Matthew Lemuel Rey, and Marla Ena Rosales successfully designed, launched, and analyzed the data transmitted from their can satellite. Their successful primary and secondary missions helped them earn the nod of the judges composed of Philippine Space Science Education Program (PSSEP) Focal Person Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Weather Forecaster, Robert Badrina, and University of the Philippines Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute Assistant Professor, Engr. Percival Magpantay.