SCIENCE and Technology Secretary Mario G. Montejo called on Filipino scientists based abroad to return to the country and help boost the country’s scientific, agro-industrial and economic development.
Montejo said some scientists have come home under the DOST’s Balik Scientist Program (BSP) “offering their life’s work as shining testimony to the power of knowledge sharing and good old Pinoy bayanihan.”
“BSP has become a model for drawing the nation’s best and brightest minds toward the task of technological modernization and inclusive economic growth,” he said during the Gala Night for scientists.
Dr. Joseph Adrian L. Buensalido, an infectious diseases fellow at the Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center in Michigan, returned to the country under the BSP to extend his services and expertise to the Philippine General Hospital from August 2014 to July 2017.
“It is truly great to be back, but the reality is our home country is still a work in progress,” Buensalido said.
“This is where trainings and research come in. As Balik Scientists we can train others, and they can pay it forward to the rest of the country.”