BAGUIO CITY: The goal of the Department of Science and Technology- Cordillera (DOST – CAR) to have a scholar in every community in the region is now becoming a reality.
DOST-CAR Regional Director Julius Caesar Sicat said 153 local students have passed the scholarship qualifying exams. This represents a 61 percent increase in the number of Cordillera scholars (up from 95 last year) taking S & T (science and technology) courses.
Only 16 out of 75 municipalities in the region (14 in Abra, one in Apayao and one in Kalinga) are not represented.
“If the region is going into regional autonomy and development, having more S & T graduates is essential. The youth just need to believe in science; it really works,” Sicat stressed.
To further promote the scholarship program to the grassroots level, Sicat said review classes are being conducted in partnership with the Cordillera Regional Development Council.
This year, 46 DOST scholars will be graduating mostly from engineering courses. Others are graduating with degrees of Bachelor of Science in Physics, Mathematics, Information Technology and Biology.
Sicat disclosed that DOST – CAR has 318 other scholars enrolled in various S & T—related courses, 187 of whom are enrolled in St. Louis University in Baguio City.