02 February 2017
BREAKING HISTORY ANEW. The 2016 Class of Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Awardees is the most in history with 821, up 33.7 percent from 614 in 2015. Pictured are some of the students who received their YES Medals together with DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña during the awarding ceremony held in Manila.
The country’s young wizards continue to pen their names in the history books.
Following a record-breaking 614 gold, silver and bronze medals from international science and mathematics competitions in 2015, our national contingents netted a total of 821 medals in 2016, up 33.7 percent from the previous mark.
At the Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Awards—an annual event organized by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) that recognizes students who win gold, silver and bronze medals in world science and mathematics contests—Secretary Fortunato de la Peña presented the medals to the awardees from Metro Manila and nearby provinces. The ceremony was held on 1 February at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.
Of the total tally, 446 come from the national capital region, while 375 come from the other regions.
24 January 2017
Best of the crop. After finishing 2nd runner up behind Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus (second to left) and Farrell Eldrian Wu of MGC New Life Christian Academy (second to right) in last year’s PMO, Albert John Patupat of De La Salle University Integrated School (center) claims the top prize this year. Also in the photo are Mathematical Society of the Philippines President, Dr. Marian Roque (leftmost), and DOST-SEI Division Chief, Ms. Ruby Cristobal (rightmost).
Last year’s top three at the Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) reclaimed their position as the best of this year’s crop albeit in different rankings during the final stage of the competition held at the University of the Philippines School of Labor and Industrial Relations Auditorium, UP Diliman, Quezon City on 21 January 2017.
Albert John Patupat of De La Salle University Integrated School, last year’s 2nd runner up, claimed the top spot at the 19th PMO, besting two of the country’s more storied math geniuses.
Patupat was followed by Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus (1st runner up) and Farrell Eldrian Wu of MGC New Life Christian Academy (2nd runner up). All three comprised the top three of the competition for two straight years.
With the victory, Patupat won P20,000 cash prize, trophy, and gifts from Sharp Calculators. Dulay received P15,000 cash prize while Wu got P10,000 along with trophies and gifts from Sharp Calculators.
25 December 2016
A total of 2,196 third year college students passed the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) 2016 Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) Examination administered nationwide on 16 October 2016 and in areas affected by Typhoon Karen on 13 November 2016. There were 7,102 third year students in various S&T courses who took the examination.
The JLSS is a scholarship program of the DOST-SEI under the Republic Act No. 7687 or the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994”, Republic Act No. 10612 or the “Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013”, and the Merit Scholarship Program.
Qualifiers of this scholarship program will get to enjoy a 2-3 year S&T scholarships. Those who qualified under RA 7687 and RA 10612 will be entitled to subsidy in tuition fee and other school fees, monthly living allowance, book allowance, among others, in the last 2 or 3 years of their undergraduate studies. Scholars under the Merit scholarship program will likewise receive the same benefits except for the pro-rated monthly stipend based on the scholar’s family socio-economic status.
17 January 2017
DONE DEAL. DOST led by Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña (second to left) and SEI Director Dr. Josette T. Biyo (leftmost) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Malaysia’s Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) led by Vice Chancellor Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Bin Hj Hashim (second to right) and Associate Professor Dr. Fawnizu Azmadi B Hussin. The partnership will allow faculties of Palawan State University and Batangas State University to hone their expertise in the field of Petroleum Engineering and Energy Science.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP)—a Malaysian private university— that will allow Filipino teachers to hone their expertise in the field of Petroleum Engineering as well as Mechanical Engineering through scholarships in masters and doctorate.
In a ceremony held recently at UTP in Perak, Malaysia, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña and Science Education Institute (SEI) Director, Dr. Josette T. Biyo, led the Philippine contingent in signing the MOU with UTP’s Vice Chancellor Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Bin Hj Hashim. The MOU will allow faculty members from the Palawan State University (PSU) and Batangas State University (BSU), the only universities in the Philippines offering BS Petroleum Engineering, to pursue graduate studies in the aforementioned fields under the Foreign Scholarship Component of the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program (ASTHRDP) of DOST-SEI.
10 November 2016
Competing students from the Philippines will try to make use of home court advantage as they go against their international counterparts in the Can Satellite and Water Rocket Competitions to be held during the 23rd Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) Side Event on 12-13 November 2016 in Los Baños, Laguna.
Schools representing the Philippines include Rizal National Science High School and Benigno Aquino High School for the CanSat Competition, as well as Sampaguita Village National High School, Unson National High School, and Tuntungin Putho National High School for the Water Rocket Event. Said schools secured their spots by winning the local competitions held at the 2016 World Space Week celebrations. Rizal National Science High School had previously represented the country in the Water Rocket Event in the 2012 and 2015 APRSAF held in Malaysia and Indonesia, respectively.
This is the first time that the APRSAF and its side events will be held in the country. The 23rd session of the Forum will be held on 15-18 November at Sofitel, Manila with the theme “Building a Future through Space Science, Technology and Innovation.”