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PGMA raises DOST's 2008 budget by 51% from P3.5-B to P5.5-B

Manila (4 September) -- Impressed by the outstanding achievement of the public school students in Science and Math competitions abroad, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo increased the 2008 budget of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) by 51 percent from P3.5 billion to P5.5 billion.

The increase in DOST's budget was announced by the President in her opening statement during the round table discussions this afternoon with the country's Math and Science student champions at Malacanang's Heroes Hall.

With the new budget, the President said, the DOST has to increase the spending of Philippine Science High School (PSHS) by 68 percent in order to create more champions in the future.

The President said she considers it an honor for her family to continue the legacy of her late father, former President Diosdado Macapagal, the founding chairman of the PSHS. "Kaya naman karangalan ko ring bigyang-paraang lumago pa itong pugad ng mga magagaling," the President said.

The President said that under the increased budget, the DOST will finance the construction of two science and technology projects of the University of the Philippines (UP) on research and technology incubation at the university information and technology zone.

She said the project is part of the government's investments on human and physical infrastructure to sustain the economic growth of 7 percent.

Guided by the observations of the experts in economics, the President said that her administration would sustain huge public investment expenditures to show that the government is spending on a program that upgrades not only physical but human infrastructures as well.

Under the Proposed 2008 National Budget, the government has allotted P1 billion for Math, Science and English training, P700 million for Math and Science equipment, P55 million for the new program of the Department of Education (DepEd) for the teaching of engineering science in high school level.

Joining the President in the round table discussions were DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus, DOST Secretary Estrella Alabastro, and PSHS Executive Director Filma Brawner.

The students who participated in the discussions were from Quezon City Science High School: Aaron Christopher Agtarap, Alvin Uy Lim; Henry Jefferson Morco of the Chiang Kai Shek College, Math champion in the 2007 Hong Kong Elementary Math International Contest in Hong Kong; PSHS students Paulo Miguel Manzanilla and Lawrence Medina, both science champions in the International Ozone Quiz Competition held in Bangkok, Thailand (Aug. 20-21, 2007); PSHS students Amiel Sy, Arvin Alba, and Joanna Patricia Santelices, all champions in Math competition in the 11th Leung Kuk Primary World Mathematic Contest in Hong Kong last July 14-18, 2007, and Robert Allan Buendia of Cavite National Science High School. (OPS) [top]

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