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DOST campaigns for more scholars

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (6 September) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) continue to campaign for more scholars especially in the college level.

College scholars enjoy privileges such as subsidy to tuition fee and other school fees, textbooks allowance, monthly living allowance of not less than P3,000 among others. College scholarship is in compliance with the provisions of Republic Act 7687 mandating DOST to award scholarship in baccalaureate degree programs to those who wish to pursue priority fields of study in sciences, mathematics and engineering.

Engr. Eleazar Moscoso, Asst. Provincial Science and Technology Director said, every year about 15 poor but deserving students have availed of the scholarship program at the college level while this year more than 100 Grade 6 pupils applied for scholarship at the Philippine Science High School. For high school scholarship, Antique has sent 7 scholars to PSHS last school year.

Meanwhile, impressed by the outstanding achievement of the public school students in Science and Mathematics competitions abroad, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo increased the 2008 budget of the Department of Science and Technology from P3.5 billion to P5.5 billion.

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

PGMA said, under the increased budget, DOST will finance the construction of two science and technology projects of the University of the Philippines on research and technology incubation at the university information and technology zone. The project is part of government's investments on human and physical infrastructure to sustain country's economic growth. (PIA) [top]

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