Baterina: we need a Philippine science university

SAN ILDEFONSO,  I. SUR – Former Representative (1st District, Ilocos Sur) Salacnib Baterina, who authored RA 9036 creating the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) called on lawmakers last Feb. 13 to enact a law to create a Philippine science university where PSHS secondary graduates can continue their education and where the government through the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) can work for their employment upon graduation.

Baterina, who was one of the guests in the PSHS’ 16th founding anniversary, said that after 16 years, the PSHS has become a pride of Ilocos Sur, particularly San Ildefonso town.

He expressed, however, the lack of government support to inventors, particularly his own invention of a gadget that would enable fishponds to have adequate supply of oxygen and prevent fish kill and his invention of an organic fertilizer where the main ingredient is copra.

DOST Undersecretary Carol Yoroba, in promoting the PSHS, enumerated the various international competitions where PSHS won, particularly in robotics, chemistry and mathematics. She also said that all PSHS teachers undergo regular training programs for competency and that PSHS has excellent facilities to ensure excellent products.

Meanwhile, PSHS Director Ronnalee Orteza emphasized the advantages of enrolling at the PSHS which produces the best professionals in the country.

“The PSHS offers free scholarship basis, a secondary course with special emphasis on subjects pertaining to sciences with the end view of preparing its students for a science career,” she said.

The PSHS is currently on the recruit for PSHS scholars who can meet the following criteria: Grade 6 graduates with a final grade of 85%  and above in Science and Math or belonging to the upper 10% of the class; Filipino citizen, in good health, with good character building and must be able to pass the PSHS National Competitive Examination (NCE).

All scholars will have free tuition fee, free loan of text book, monthly stipend and allowances for uniform and transportation and also living allowances.

Currently, the PSHS-San Ildefonso campus has 520 students from Grade 7 to Grade 12.

Photo: FORMER CONGRESSMAN SALACNIB BATERINA (standing) suggests that lawmakers enact a law creating a Philippine science university where Philippine Science High School (PSHS) graduates can enroll after graduation during a press conference at PSHS, Feb. 13, on PSHS’ 16th Foundation Day. From L-R are PSHS Director Ronnalee Orteza, DOST Usec Carol Yoroba and Mayor Mark Purisima. (Photo by Edward B. Antonio)