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Vol. XXVI, 2nd Quarter
April–June 2008

New career scientists

THE PRESTIGIOUS Scientific Career System program of the Department of Science and Technology added three new names to its list with a simple conferment ceremony June 5 led by DOST Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro at the main office's conference room in Bicutan science complex.

The new career scientists are Dr. Constancio A. Asis, Jr., supervising science research specialist of Philippine Rice Research Institute based in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija; Dr. Ramiro P. Escobin and Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, both supervising science research specialists of DOST’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute. SCS is a system of recruitment, career progression, recognition and reward of scientists in the public service as a means of developing a pool of highly qualified and productive scientific personnel.

The system is characterized by entrance and career progression or advancement based on qualifications, merit and scientific

productivity, and career paths that allow scientists to develop within their respective areas of expertise without leaving their status as scientists. It also provides incentives and rewards to ensure attraction and retention of highly qualified persons in the science and technology sector.

The SCS was established within the civil service system pursuant to EO 784 issued on March 17, 1982. It was formally organized on July 19, 1983 through EO 901. Section 4 of RA 8439 entitled "Magna Carta for Scientists, Engineers, Researchers and Other Science and Technology Personnel in Government" reinforced the SCS.

[For more information, you may call the Scientific Career Council Secretariat at telephone numbers 837-2071 loc. 2030 or 837-2940 or visit the website at http://scs.dost.gov.ph.]