06 December 2018
Judges, organizers, and winners of the 3rd Indie-Siyensya Youth Category with DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo (rightmost).
From 300 film concept proposals to forty-five film entries, seven films finally earned the nod of judges and selected viewers in the 3rd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition. The Awarding Ceremony, held last November 28, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, was attended by more than a hundred students, teachers, science professionals, and filmmakers.
The winning films captured the role of science and technology in addressing some of the most pressing national and community issues.
November 29, 2018
Indie-Siyensya, the first and only science filmmaking competition in the Philippines, will bestow awards to top science films for the third consecutive year.
The Awarding Ceremony, which will be held on November 28, 2018, at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, will feature the best works selected from more than 40 film entries submitted in the Youth and Open categories.
Indie-Siyensya’s board of judges, composed of filmmakers and educators Patrick F. Campos, Garry Jay Montemayor and Seymour Barros Sanchez and scientists Mudjekeewis Santos and Reinabelle Reyes, screened over 300 concept proposals since the competition’s launch last July 6, 2018 at the Cinematheque Centre Manila.
29 November 2018
Six scholars of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) received their diploma in Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering at the Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) in Perak, Malaysia during its 18th Convocation held on 18 November 2018.
Dr. Josette Biyo, SEI Director, together with Dr. Josefina Abilay, DOST IV-B Regional Director, and some officials of the Palawan State University (PSU) graced the event.
The scholar-graduates are faculty members from PSU and Batangas State University (BSU)—two among a few universities in the country that offer undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering. The six have been teaching for the program in the said universities but could not secure tenure since they are not Master's degree holders. At present, there is no university in the country that offers graduate degree in the said program hence those who intend to take advance degree in Petroleum Engineering had to pursue it abroad.
November 29, 2018
After three months of building their technology-based projects focusing on waste management, traffic control, wildlife conservation, disaster mitigation, educational innovation, and others, the remaining 16 school-teams of the 2018 imake.wemake: create. innovate. collaborate. project are set to battle it out for the three top prizes in December.
The project, organized by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) together with Acer Philippines, is now in its second year of helping students address their community problems through science, technology, and innovation (STI). On December 3-4, the finalists will face the judges to present their projects and determine who will take home the three Youth Innovation Prizes along with Php 50,000 cash prizes.
“We are excited to see how our finalists executed their proposals and what they have accomplished in the span of three months. We received promising project concepts and Acer Philippines was kind enough to provide them with the Cloudprofessor technology that shall power our students’ projects,” said SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo.
November 21, 2018
Bannering the values of professional excellence, servant leadership, and social responsibility, the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) empowered 86 Leytean DOST-SEI scholars through what was dubbed by the participants as an “eye-opening and enlightening” Comprehensive Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRRM) Training on July 28-August 1, 2018 at the Visayas State University (VSU). Prior to this training program, the scholars attended the two-day Scholars’ Formation Program on April 21-22, 2018 at the VSU to inculcate the values of volunteerism and patriotism among the scholars. This formation program is the Phase 1 of the Filipino Patriot Scholars Project.
Together with the DOST Regional Office VIII, local government of Baybay City, Leyte, and the VSU, this 4-day workshop focused on increasing awareness and knowledge of the scholars on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), as well as exposing them to social realities. All these put the scholars at the forefront of patriotism, volunteerism, and social change. The CBDRRM Training is the Phase 2 of the Patriot Project.
With a whole heart and open arms, the City Administrator of Baybay City, Mr. Deogracias E. Pernitez, welcomed the DOST-SEI and the participants. He encouraged the scholars to impart their acquired knowledge to the least of their brethren in the city. However, DOST Regional Office VIII Director, Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla challenged the participants to be part of the S&T human resources available and ready to serve before, during, and after disaster. Their goal is to have at least one DOST-SEI scholar in every community to lead Disaster Preparedness.