The Department of Science and Technology urged the 64 graduating DOST Scholars from all over Caraga to continue their careers on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in the Scholars’ Exit Conference held on Friday, May 25, at the Watergate Hotel, Butuan City.
“The country needs to have at least 380 researchers, engineers or scientists per one million population to hit the suggested mark of UNESCO for Science and Technology development. We need to motivate these young S&T Scholars to follow their career path on STI,” says Meriam B. Bouquia, Scholarship Coordinator of DOST Caraga.
The conference paved way for the department to guide the scholars in following their STI careers despite the high-paying job offers from mainstream employment trends. The conference included presentations on the tips, advices as well as opportunities for careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Bouquia further encouraged the graduating scholars to follow a post-graduate study on STEM after presenting the various DOST Scholarship graduate degree programs. According to Bouquia, the graduate scholarships provide monthly stipend and allowances for the students. Education students majoring in Science and Mathematics also qualify for the program, added Bouquia.
Aside from pushing the scholars to avail of the graduate scholarship programs, Regional Director Dominga Mallonga shared her humble beginnings after graduation. DOST also invited successful STI practitioners [who are DOST Scholars-Alumni] to share their experiences in achieving a stable profession in Science and Technology. Among the Scholar-Alumni are Dr. Manuel Caberte, Dr. Jay-Ar Esencia, Engr. Arturo Cauba, and Mariel Makinano. Agusan del Norte Provincial Head from the Department of Labor and Employment, Mr. Keith C. Duran, also discussed on the Labor Education and Employment Opportunities that the scholars can get inputs from during the Exit Conference.
DOST further presented the policies on service obligations, clearances and other requirements that the students need to comply as part of their duty as scholars of the government. The Scholarship exit conference was attended by the DOST graduating scholars from Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology, Caraga State University, Father Saturnino Urios University, Philippine Normal University – Mindanao, Saint Paul University Surigao, Surigao del Sur State University and the Surigao State College of Technology.