DOST awards 52 young science, math achievers

SAN FERNANDO CITY – Fifty two elementary students from 14 identified schools within the region were conferred with medals through the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Awards in a ceremony held at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University Mid La Union (DMMMSU-MLU) covered court here last March 20.

The YES Awards is conducted annually through the DOST-Science Education Institute in recognition to young achievers in international science and mathematics competition.

The highest number of awardees came from the Philippine Science High School-Ilocos Region Campus (PSHS-IRC) in San Ildefonso Ilocos Sur with 10 awardees, followed by BHC Educational Institute Inc., San Fernando City with 8 awardees and Mother Goose Special School Program in Dagupan with 7 awardees.

In his message during the awarding ceremony, Engineer Ismael D. Gurtiza, DOST Planning Officer, extended his appreciation to the parents as he encouraged the awardees to apply for DOST scholarship grants.

DOST scholarship is among the programs that support and promote Science and Technology Education especially to science-gifted students. At present, there are around 400 students receiving financial assistance from DOST Scholarship Program in the region.

Gurtiza said that he believes that science and technology is the key to economic development, that is why there is a need for manpower in this field.

Meanwhile, Harlene Dugay, a student from PSHS-IRC, and a gold medalist from the 2016 International Mathematics Wizard Challenge (MWiC) held in Malaysia in April last year, inspired her fellow students to continue engaging themselves in science. She said there should be no borders in science and technology and that all opportunities must be taken to succeed in this field. (Tawid News/Florde Liza Alida, DOST)