DAVAO CITY, July 6 (PIA) – -“We have 40 Balik Scientists coming in this year, but with the Balik Scientist Law, we are expecting a significant increase of 50 percent every year for the next three years,” said Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña during his visit here today for the opening of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration.
The activity which is spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) runs from July 6 to 8 at SMX Convention Center, Lanang.
He said more Pinoy Scientists are expected to come back to the Philippines to share their field of expertise that is sure to boost and accelerate scientific, agro-industrial and economic development of the country.
Sec. de la Peña said the newly enacted Balik Scientist Law is another milestone for the department as it would strengthen implementation of the Balik Scientist Program which was first established in 1975 but was only implemented in 1986.
Republic Act 11035 or the Balik Scientist Act was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 15, 2018.
He said through the balik scientist program, DOST will deploy experienced researchers who can assist researchers in various regions and connect universities to industries which are into research, mentor science and engineering students and faculty along their line of expertise through research and development, teaching, and other activities.
One of DOST’s Balik scientist grantees, Dr. Jonel Saludes, said under the “Tuklas Lunas Program” of the government, he is working with the University of San Agustin, IloiloCity on the discovery of a new antibiotic, new drugs for advancing new health care in the country.
“Iloilo is the primary source of the antibiotic Erythromycin, and we are working on the discovery of a new antibiotic as we are looking at Iloilo as the next source of antibiotic following through Erythromycin,” Dr. Saludes said.
He said they are also into promoting health benefits of pineapple and developing pineapple as a functional food to lower cholesterol.
Anchored on the theme “Science for the People of Mindanao: Innovation for Collective Prosperity,” the NSTW showcases the different S&T programs and projects of the department thru its interactive exhibits as it seeks to showcase the capability of science experts and inspire the youth and other sectors in patronizing local technology.
The NSTW in Mindanao is organized by the Mindanao Cluster of the DOST, in partnership with the Technology Application and Promotion Institute. (ALT/JPA/PIA9)
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