DOST Negros Oriental PSTC team receive the award in behalf of DOST SA Negros Oriental as the Grand Winner of the Search for the Most Outstanding Scholars’ Association Central Visayas.

October 27, Dumaguete City – The DOST Scholars Association of Negros Oriental (DOST SA NegOr) bagged first place in the Search for the Most Outstanding Scholars Association in Central Visayas Region.

The contest was organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office No. VII in line with the National Science and Technology Week – Central Visayas (NSTW -Central Visayas) celebration from October 12-14, 2022.

The announcement of winners was held during the 3rd day of the NSTW- Central Visayas last October 14, 2022 at the Robinson’s Galleria in Cebu City.

DOST Negros Oriental Provincial S&T Director Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon received the Plaque of Recognition and cash prize worth Php10,000.00 in behalf of the scholar’s association.

DOST SA Negros Oriental President Shine Therese Mate is thankful to DOST VII for recognizing their hard work.

“I was first delighted that our efforts as an association were recognized, but mostly I felt grateful to the team, to the officers and to the scholars who were with us in this journey and who made this all possible”, said Mate.

When asked about their future plans to keep the momentum going, DOST Scholars Association NORSU Chapter President Khamile Salazar bares their upcoming projects.

“One of our plans is to conduct an outreach program as a way for the scholars to give back to the community… We also aim to conduct various webinars/seminars for our scholars in order to broaden their horizons and open avenues for them to learn new things and acquire new skills. We are hoping for more partnerships in the future to dive into various opportunities to supplement the scholars’ hunger for learning,” said Salazar.

Kairos Noel D. Daron, President of DOST Scholars Association SU Chapter echoed the same sentiments.

“As President, I would like to conjure up more platforms, initiatives, and prospects for the entire scholar community to play an active role in, so that they, too, can learn from such an interaction, digest new knowledge, and devote themselves to becoming transformational leaders. Furthermore, let us not forget the importance of being open with one another and embracing ideas from our peers in order to arrive at and sculpt the best possible output—keeping the flame of stewardship burning indefinitely”, shares an enthusiastic Daron.

During the onslaught of Typhoon Odette last year, DOST SA NegOr conducted extensive donation drives. They also made and donated make-shift lamps to families in the outskirts of the province affected by power outages caused by the typhoon. They also participated in tree planting activities organized by various entities. In addition, the association also participated in activities that aim to lessen the effects of pollution in both the streets and in the ocean through clean-up drives.

The DOST SA NegOr was also successfully registered as a legitimate youth organization in Dumaguete City since 2020.

DOST SA Negros Oriental is composed of DOST scholars enrolled in Foundation University Negros Oriental State University System, St. Paul University Dumaguete and Silliman University.

According to Ms. Ana Jean A. Jumawan, DOST SEI scholarship staff in DOST 7, their office initiated the said contest to recognize the scholar associations’ effort for the quality of their engagements and endeavours including their contribution to the organization members, the university/college, the DOST and the community. (Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, Science Research Specialist II/Information Officer-designate – DOST Negros Oriental)