Science Chief Mario Montejo advised elementary pupils to opt to study in Philippine Science High School (PSHS) to ensre academic excellence and quality training in science and technology (S&T). The 13-campus PSHS system is geared to produce graduates who are well-versed in science and mathematics in an integrative way. Thus, PSHS – -endearingly called “PISAY”- -students receive intensive and extensive knowledge and training in science, mathematics and technology,including research.

“Pisay arms its students with the foundations for learning throughout life, the competence to work and be productive,”said Secretary Montejo.”Moreover,Pisay graduates learn in school how to coexist in fruitful harmony with local and global communities. They are likewise trained to engage in critical thinking, and being open to change.”

Because of their special training, Pisay graduates are required to take college courses in the areas of science,mathematics, and engineering. After graduating in college, Pisay alumni are expected to contribute to the country’s development being part of the country’s pool of S&T experts.

Pisay has a long record of student achievements a proof of its world-class standard. Last year alone , the main campus had 21 international awards, including the areas of social innovation and taekwondo. Most of its 12 regional campuses likewise brought home various international awards and recognations.

PHSH Eastern Visayas Campus (EVC) Dr Reynaldo Garnace and three scholars : Cathlene Roi, M. Jose, Arnold P. Olayvar and Sean Francis N.Ballais presented in the recently-held Japan Super Science Fair (JSSF) 2014, conducted at Ritsuneikan High School in Kyoto Japan on November 7-14, 2014.

Jose gave on Oral presentation on his research on leaf extract of Ylang Ylang Against Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria. Olayvar, a poster presentation for his research in “Effects of Saponin Extract from Crown of Thorns Starfish Against Selected Human Pathogene” and Ballais Poster Presentation on “Wireless Gesture- based Software for computers Through the Use of Web Cameras”.

Dr Garnace delivered a talk entitled “Haiyan in review: Its challenges and Opportunities”.

“We want to increase the ratio to accommodate more qualifiers from less fortunate families” said Dr. Larry Cabatic,executive director of the PSHS system. According to Cabatic, a number of qualifiers from well-off families prefer to enroll in more expensive schools anyway, so the new Pisay management intends to focus on students that really need – and deserve – to study in Pisay.

This year, The Pisay system management intends to broaden its applicants and qualifier to include “more poor but deserving students” and break from its former mold of having 60percent of its students form well-to-do families.

“We will give more attention to promoting Pisay-Main in Metro Manila, “revealed Cabatic. “As of now I have the impression that only those who have connections with Pisay-Main know the campus. We want to introduce Pisay to students and schools who do not know about it. We want to reach out to more applicants.”

We also want people to know and recognize that Pisay is under the DOST,” Cabatic told. “We are proud to say that we are under DOST and we have the most sound S&T curriculum in the country.”

As of 2015, the Pisay system 13 campuses (Region 1 to 13) Which produced about 15,000 graduates since it was established in 1964. This july, PSHS-Calabarzon will open in Batangay City. Other campuses expected to open soon include PSHS-Mimaropa and PSHS-Zamboanga Peninsula.

PSHS will put up campus in MIMAROPA Region in 2016 through BOT Resolution NO 2014-10-33, Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo and some member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the Province of Romblom Visited the PSHS Ilocos Region Campus through the invitation of Dr. Larry Cabatic on November 7, 2014

Pisay Scholars, in addition to free tuition and loan of available textbooks, get a monthly stipend that ranges from P500 to P4,000 depending on the financial status of students. Some also receive uniform and transportation allowances depending on financial need and distance of residence to the campus.

The State-run PSHS System has supported a total of 4584 Scholars from Grade 7 to 10 for SY 2014-2015. These include Robert John Pecayo now Grade 7, a pupil who resides at the nearby area of PSHS campus in Quezon City He gave an account of his experience in the school during the Department of Science and Technlogy “AGHAM NA RAMDAM” Science Nation Media Tour to DOST Philippines Science High School System on February 2015.

Ma. Concepcion Sakai, Engr Roman Buenafe, Dr Larry L. Cabatic and Dr. Rod Allan A. De Lara answered question from the media during the open forum. (PSciJourn Mega Manila)