We need more scientists – Marcos

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TAGUM WELCOMES MARCOS Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. reaches out to an adoring audience in Tagum City.

TAGUM WELCOMES MARCOS
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. reaches out to an adoring audience in Tagum City.

SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said the country needs more scientists to help spur economic activities.

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The senator from Ilocos Norte said there are only 80 scientists per million while other countries have some 4,000 per million.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) suggests a
ratio of 380 science and technology (S&T) professionals per every million population.

“Science and technology should play a major role in our national policy because it is one of the basic factors that fuels a country’s development, it sets the pace of the economic growth of a country and we Filipinos can only achieve this if we have enough scientists studying and looking for innovations how to help achieve our goals,” he said.

Marcos observed that all of the country’s 15 science high schools are in Metro Manila.

“We need to build more science schools especially in the provinces to give those who are equally qualified and interested in the field of science and technology develop their skills and interests,” he pointed out.

Marcos’ statement has enough basis based on the SCImage Journal & Country Rank (SJR), a popular international website of scientific works, which placed the Philippines 69th in the entire world and number 14th in Asia.

Even Pakistan (10th), Bangladesh (12th), and Vietnam (13th) are better.

SJR said the Philippines has produced only 17,783 scientific documents compared to the United States with 8.6 million scientific works, China with 3.6 million, and Japan with two million.

Marcos said the Philippines had even regressed because Filipino scientist have left the country for “greener pastures.”

In 2009, the country lost 25,000 S&T professionals who sought employment abroad.
Marcos’ solution to this problem is to increase the budget and coverage of scientific programs.

“From what I know, the DOST [Department of Science and Technology] has an approved scholarship budget for around 2,000 students to pursue their masters and doctorate degrees in science and technology but that figure pales in comparison to the hundreds of thousands being produced by other countries in the Asian region,” he said.

Marcos suggested that research and development activities should be focused on poverty reduction, agriculture development, climate change and in the field of medicine.

“It is lamentable that science and technology have not been a priority for many years and this should change if we want to turn things around for our country. It is the backbone of economic growth and our scientists should be allowed to play a bigger role in this initiative,” he added.

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  1. opinionated na pinoy on

    Marcos is suggesting that Philippines should produce more scientists, studying and looking innovations for economic growth. However, he did not addressed the roles of the government in order for these goals to be achieved. He made a comparison with other countries and whipped out that impressive statistics such as the ratios of scientists we should have based on the existing population. No solutions were offered and as far as most people are concerned, just another political talk (talking is cheap).

    It would be more impressive if he got involved in the implementation of K-12 program by suggesting more advance academic learning on senior years, 11th & 12th grade levels (not seafarers training). Marcos should have hired consultants, such as highly educated people to design and restructure the curriculum of the K-12 , and reciprocity with other country such as the United States as their goal. Philippines cannot achieve the level and quality of engineering and science high schools in Japan and Korea, because math and science classes in these countries are higher in standards than most of the world. Remedial training for High Schools students on weekends are common and their governments implemented and fully supported these programs.

    Having a good High School programs (academic and technical) will give the future scientists good foundations before entering colleges and the government should define their roles in helping these deserving students. Therefore, Marcos cannot talk the talk and walk the walk, as of yet.

  2. Bongbong Marcos showing a sign of a genius – must have been studying his father’s blue print started more than 70 years ago.