In a bid to increase the number of career scientists in the country, the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Department of Science and Technology is visiting provinces to promote the Scientific Career System (SCS) and encourage applications from local researchers.

This time, the City of Gentle People hosted the SCS Colloquium in Central Visayas. It was held at the Plaza Maria Luisa Suites Inn on October 24, 2019.

Resource persons are career scientists working in the different government agencies who are known in the scientific community for their various contributions.

Attendees include personnel from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region VII, Department of Agriculture Region VII, Negros Oriental State University System, Bohol Island State University, Siquijor State College, Cebu Normal University and National Food Authority Negros Oriental Field Office.

In his welcome remarks, Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon, Provincial Science and Technology Director of DOST Negros Oriental, shared about the parable of the eagle. He thus challenged the participants to think and act outside of their comfort zones.

The colloquium was packed with meaningful talks and research presentations from some of the known career scientists. Topics like research ethics, predatory journals and conferences, ultrasonography, capillarigation  as a new farming technique and the development of beta-carotene-fortified rice were discussed during the said event.

Dr. Danilda H. Duran, Scientist I and Senior Agriculturist of the Philippine Carabao Center discussed the Scientific Career System. She also talked about how to apply for a career scientist and showed to the participants the benefits of being one. She emphasized the important role of the respective institutions in implementing these benefits.

The topic Magna Carta for Scientists, Researchers and Non-DOST Personnel was presented by Dr. Evelyn Gergon, Scientist I, plant pathologist and former head of the PhilRice’s Germplasm and Seed Health Division. In lieu of Dr. Arvin Diesmos, she also gave a presentation on Predatory Journals and Conferences. She stressed the need to be vigilant in joining conferences and in submitting research papers for publication. She also gave them clues on how to spot predatory journals and conferences.

Dr. Maribel L. Dionisio-Sese, Professor 12 and UP Scientist I, presented the Ethics for Researchers. She stressed the need to avoid plariarism and even self-plagiarism.

In the afternoon session, Dr. Peregrino G. Duran, Scientist I from the Philippine Carabao Center gave a lecture on “Ultrasonography as Tool in Reproductive and Breeding Management in Cattle and Water Buffalo”.

On the other hand, Dr. Ricardo F. Orge, Scientist I from the Philippine Rice Research Institute, shared his experience as Scientist I and his work entitled “Responding to climate change challenges in rice production”. He shared how capillarigation can be used a new farming technique.

Dr. Eusebio Z. Dizon, Curator I at the National Museum of the Philippines, shared his experience as a Scientist III in the system and his work entitled, “Archeology of Bacong, Negros Oriental”.  He showed how the archeological findings in Bacong contributed to the historical data of the Philippines.

The last speaker was Dr. Reynante L. Ordonio of the Philippine Rice Research Institute. He shared his experience on how he was able to obtain his doctoral degree at the Nagoya University, Japan. He also presented his work, along with his team, on the development of beta carotene-fortified rice dubbed as Golden Rice.

At the close of the colloquium, DOST NAST Dir. Luningning Samarita-Domingo shared her optimism that there will be researchers from Central Visayas who will be applying for the Scientific Career System and hopefully become full time career scientists.

The Scientific Career System Colloquium in Central Visayaas was made possible in partnership with DOST Regional Office No. VII and DOST Negros Oriental. (By: Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, SRS II/DOST Negros Oriental)

Photo op with resource persons and participants after the conduct of the SCS Colloquium held at Plaza Maria Luisa Suites Inn, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental on October 24, 2019.
DOST NegOr PSTD Atty. Arbon accepts the Certificates of Appreciation to DOST VII and DOST VII Regional Dir. Engr. Edilberto Paradela from DOST-NAST Dir. Samarita-Domingo.