DOST Welcomes 7 New Scientists; Now 172
Seven new scientists have been added to the Philippines’ Scientific Career System (SCS), bringing the total to 172 since 1983.
SCS is now being administered by the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST), which announced on Monday, January 6, 2020, the latest development in the country’s scientific community.
It said the SCS is co-implemented by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the DOST, with the chairman of the CSC and the secretary of the DOST serving as co-chairs of system.
One reason for the conferment of scientists is to rank them to receive the corresponding salary grade (SG) as follows: Scientist I — SG 26; Scientist II — SG 27; Scientist III — SG 28; Scientist IV- – SG 29; and Scientist V — SG 30.
Conferred scientists are also entitled to receive the following support grants: Representation and Travel Allowance; Magna Carta Benefits; Membership in International Scientific Organizations and/or subscription to Scientific Journals; Publication Assistance; and Foreign Travel Assistance for oral paper
presentation of US$3,000 per scientist every two years.
Through the SCS under its recognition program, the CSC and the DOST conferred the scientist rank on five new researchers and upgraded rank of two scientists. Three of the researchers and one upgraded scientist comes from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) of the Department of Agriculture (DA); one, from the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and two from the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI).
The four scientist from PhilRice are Edwin C. Martin, Dr. Jonathan M. Niones, Dr. Jesusa C. Beltran, and Ricardo F. Orge; the scientist from ERDB is Dr. Jose Alan A. Castillo, and the two scientists from PNRI are Dr. Lucille V. Abad and Sotero S. Resilva.
SCS conferred the PNRI upgraded scientists on December 12, 2019 and the rest on earlier on conferred October 18.
“With this development, the roster of scientists conferred under the SCS brings the total number of 172 since the system was institutionalized in 1983 by the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The system is a government’s effort to personnel in the
government institutions with limited number of available higher plantilla positions,” the NAST Philippines said.
The SCS and the NAST co-hosted the oath taking on December 16, 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, Metro Manila.
NAST Executive Director Ms. Luningning E. Samarita-Domingo, CESO III, executive secretary at Scientific Career System, shared this piece of news to reporters through the Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII).