Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, May 25 – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here in Negros Oriental Provincial conducted an exit conference for DOST-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) graduating scholars with the theme “Renewing S&T Scholars Commitment to the Filipino People in the New Normal”. It was held on May 14, 2022 at Recuardo de Jose, Dumaguete City.
The exit conference aims to re-engage the graduating students with their commitments of the terms and conditions stipulated in the Scholarship Agreement and to provide them information about the DOST-SEI Graduate Scholarships.
The activity was participated by 85 female and 49 male DOST graduating scholars.
The activity began with an opening message from Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon, Provincial S&T Director of DOST Negros Oriental. Atty. Arbon congratulated the graduating DOST scholars while also leaving an encouraging message.
“It is easy to spot opportunities when you are always looking for them. May you continue to nurture your skills and capabilities even after you have completed your college degrees. And always remember, to whom much is given, much is expected”, said PSTD Atty. Arbon.
A lecture on what a DOST-SEI scholar-graduate should know followed. Ms. Marjorie Solon, Scholarship Coordinator of DOST NegOr, led in re-orienting scholars on the terms and conditions of the Scholarship Agreement specifically on their service obligation. Ms. Elvirg F. Solana, Regional Scholarship Coordinator of DOST 7 also presented the various DOST-SEI Graduate Scholarship Programs and encourage the graduating scholars to apply.
Dr. Nilita L. Ragay, CID Chief of DepEd NegOr Division presented the role of DepEd in the implementation of the RA 10612 and its hiring process.
The afternoon session’s highlight was a Career Talk and Q&A with three outstanding DOST-SEI Scholar Alumni. Graduating scholars were encouraged to ask questions. Participants also asked for tips and skills necessary to perform certain job functions in their future employment. DOST alumni, as guest speaker, shared their best practices and experiences.
A conception of project ideas for the Patriot Project of DOST scholars in Negros Oriental was also one of the agenda of the afternoon’s activity. Presidents of the three Scholars’ Associations in Negros Oriental presented their project proposals to Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon. The latter gave his comments on the presented proposals and identified some DOST projects in the province that DOST scholars may recreate or learn about.
DOST NegOr also recognized all outstanding graduating scholars. They received certificates of recognition for their exemplary academic performance.
One participant was reminded at how lucky she was being selected a DOST scholar.
“From the recently concluded DOST Exit Conference, I was reminded that being a scholar is both a privilege and a responsibility…because not all can pass the selection process and not all has the capabilities to maintain its attached responsibilities,” said Ms. Diamay Balacuit, a DOST scholar taking up BSED Sciences in Silliman University.
Moving forward, the scholars intend to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired as DOST Patriot Scholars.
“I believe that the DOST scholars of the Philippines have the brain and wit to become scientists, engineers, mathematicians, teachers, or leaders of our nation someday. In our capabilities, we will make sure that we will stride down the right path in our career and meet the demands of global competitiveness. We will serve by working and dispensing our knowledge to spur inclusive growth in the Philippines and improve our qualifications in critical STI disciplines,” said Mr. Brenromel D. Torres, a fourth year DOST scholar taking up BS Mathematics in Negros Oriental State University.
The Exit Conference is a yearly activity funded by the DOST-SEI. Since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, the said conference has migrated online. This year, it returned to its original format of face-to-face conference with strict observance and compliance to minimum public health standards, such as the proper wearing of face masks, among others. (by Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, SRS II/DOST S&T Media Service with reports from Ms. Marjorie Bajado)