Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo recently told DOST scholars to “equip themselves with more knowledge… (and) strengthen their belief that science and technology would make a huge difference to improve the lives of every Filipino.”
During the recent scholars conference held at Hotel Jen in Pasay City, Sec. Montejo stressed that science and technology remains to be the important engine of the country. It is S&T that drive industry competitiveness, accelerate the delivery of government services, and enhance the country’s capacity in emerging technologies, he said.
“ With the developing challenges of globalization and tough competition in the market place, S&T innovation and research should be a priority to ensure our nation’s global competitiveness”, Montejo underscored.
“Filipino S &T scholars can be key players in our quest for global competitiveness,” Montejo said.
He looks forward to Filipino S &T scholars pursuing excellence in their studies and later on “dominate” as they enter a career in science and technology.
“I urge you (S &T scholars) to be part of the community leading in providing solutions to our country’s major concerns.,” he said.
Secretary Montejo also assured that DOST will continue to hone the talents in S&T through scholarships, science culture development, innovation, research, and others. He said that the department is committed to maintaining a holistic approach that touches on developing grassroots talents and introducing new approaches in S&T learning and application in its drive to use science for progress.
The 4th National DOST’s Science Education Institute Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program -National Science Consortium (ASTHRDP-NSC) Scholars’ Conference is an annual gathering to provide venue for the scholars and faculty members to meet, to share their ideas, to sharpen their presentation skills, and to help strengthen the community of scientists in the Philippines. (By Allan Mauro V. Marfal, S &T Media Service, DOST-STII)