Philippine Science HS to open in Argao
by Rizalie Calibo
Dumaguete City (5 December) -- The Philippine Science High School (PSHS) will open next year in Argao town, according to Cebu second district Rep. Simeon Kintanar.
Kintanar said Argao was chosen to host the science high school in the region since it is the premier municipality in his district, which is composed of 15 towns. Kintanar, who made the announcement in a dinner during the double fiesta celebration of Argao and the town of Samboan this year. Thirty qualified applicants from the entire region will receive free high school scholarship and some allowances from Rep Kintanar.
Kintanar said classes would be held temporarily in an existing building in the town since the school building which includes a dormitory, will only be built late next year. The lawmaker said each of the 16 regions in the country is only allowed to have one PSHS campus. The PSHS is under direct supervision of the Department of Science and Technology, (DOST).
According to Engr. Mario E. de la Peņa, Provincial S & T Officer of DOST Siquijor this development is a good news to PSHS qualifiers from Siquijor, Negros, Cebu and Bohol because they have to enroll at PSHS Cebu Campus not PSHS Iloilo campus anymore which is the nearest campus prior to the opening of PSHS Cebu Campus next year.
He further said that PSHS scholars from Siquijor enrolled at PSHS Iloilo campus put Siquijor Province on the Philippine map because most of them are Directors List, equivalent to Deans List in college. Siquijor is proud of the first PSHS graduate in the person of Ms Christine Suamen who was a consistent Director's Lists from first to fourth year. She finished BS Chemistry and BS Chemical Engineering. Just recently, she passed the board examination for Chemical Engineers. Ms. Suamen is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Felix Suamen, a Supply Officer of IPHO. (PIA) [top]