Commentary: Increased DOST budget boosts S&T
by T. Villavert
Iloilo City (5 September) -- The 2008 budget of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) which was raised from P3.5 billion to P5.5 billion will give a big boost to the science and technology programs of the government.
This was the reaction of DOST VI Regional Director Rowen Gelonga in a PIA interview, who stressed that the increased budget will be used for human resource development to produce more science and technology personnel, who are needed to fuel the socio-economic initiatives of the government.
Director Gelonga said that increased budget will likewise be used to "upgrade DOST facilities which is vital also for our micro, small and medium enterprises (SMME) nationwide".
The 15 percent increase of the DOST budget was announced by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who was impressed by the outstanding achievement of the public school students in Science and Math competitions abroad.
During the round-table discussions at Malacanang's Heroes Hall, President Arroyo said that with the new budget, the DOST will increase the Philippine Science High School budget by 68% in order to create more champions in the future.
Under the increased budget, the Malacanang press report disclosed that the DOST will finance the construction of two science and technology projects of the University of the Philippines on research and technology incubation at he university information and technology zone.
The President said that the project is part of the government's investments on human and physical infrastructure to sustain the economic growth of 7 percent.
The government, under the Proposed 2008 National Budget, 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 for the teaching of engineering science in high school level. (PIA) [top]