DOST fetes int’l science, math winners

The Department of Science and Technology recently gave recognition to 257 elementary and high school students who won in various international science and mathematics competitions.

The YEs awardees pose for a shot with DOST and Mathematics Trainers Guild officials (seated from left to right, MTG adviser Myrna Agtarap, DOST- Science Education Institute Director Filma G. Brawner, DOST Undersecretary Fortunato T. dela Peña, and Philippine Science High School–Main Campus Director Helen E. Caintic)

The students received the Youth Excellence in Science (Yes) Award, a medal of distinction given by the DOST, which signifies its high regard for excellence and competitiveness through the achievements of young Filipinos in international science and mathematics competitions.

DOST-Science Education Institute Director Filma G. Brawner cited the roster of winners for bringing honor to the Philippines.

“Competing with different nations is not an easy task, contestants go to unfamiliar locations, dwell with diverse culture, and must pass through extensive sets of challenges. Plus, nowadays, the fast rise in the advancement of technology can add up as distractions to their studies. But our students before us show that it can be done, that a student can still top in his or her studies despite all these distractions and adversities,” she said.

Most of the Yes awardees came from the National Capital Region, 155 of them, from 41 schools.

Saint Jude Catholic School had the most number of students winning in international science and mathematics competitions with 26 Yes awardees, followed by the Philippine Science High School – Main Campus with 19 Yes awardees.

“The main and very important reason why the DOST and SEI continue to support each and every program that would help you attain your dreams and aspirations is to create for our country a critical mass of future scientists and engineers who will help shape the future of the country. With our annual science scholarship exam for the undergraduate level and our accelerated science and technology human resource development and engineering research and development for technology programs for the graduate level, we make sure that all areas are covered in your pursuit to become scientist and engineers for the country,” Brawner said added.

DOST Undersecretary Fortunato T. dela Peña asked the students to utilize their excellence in science and mathematics by venturing into careers in science in the future.

“No matter how good one is, the value of excellence one should be used to uplift the lives of the Filipino people. Our country needs lots of improvement and we are optimistic that our students, when they take the helm of research and development of our country, will accelerate the speed of development we are working on right now,” he said.

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