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Vol. XXVI, 4th Quarter
October – December 2008
215 students get DOST YES awards

THE DEPARTMENT OF Science and Technology conferred the 2008 Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Award to 215 students. The number of awardees indicates a rising number of Filipino students gaining international recognition.

DOST gives the YES medal to students who achieved distinction in international science and mathematics competitions. Recipients of the YES award, now on its second year, almost tripled from 73 students last year.

In simple ceremonies held at Bulwagang Bayani in Marikina City, 158 of the awardees from the National Capital Region and nearby provinces received their YES medals. The other 55 students from the regions would be conferred their YES medals in their respective provinces.

DOST earlier conferred the YES medals to Diogo Miguel S. Moitinho del Almeida of Ateneo de Manila University, and Tobit James Narciso of the Philippine Science High School. Each has won a bronze medal in the 2008 International Mathematics Olympiad and International Physics Olympiad, respectively.

“Annually, we are on the lookout for 3,500 dreamers who want to become the next big scientists or engineers in the Philippines. Besides this, we are in constant search for close to 2,000 survivors of college life who dare to venture into graduate studies and attain MS and PhD degrees. We want you and we are glad to be of help to you,” DOST Sec. Estrella F. Alabastro said.

Meanwhile, Science Education Institute Director Ester B. Ogena explained that the YES award is a DOST institutional award for exemplary achievement in science and mathematics.

DOST YES awardees
YES awardees. Recipients of the Youth Excellence in Science Award pose with top officials of the Department of Science and Technology. Photo shows (left to right) Colegio de San Agustin Principal Fr. Harold Rentoria, Chiang Kai Shek College President Bee Ching Ong, DOST Undersecretary Fortunato T. dela Peña, DOST Secretary Dr. Estrella F. Alabastro, DOST-Science Education Institute Director Ester B. Ogena, and Mathematics Trainers Guild President Simon Chua.

“The YES medal signifies DOST’s high regard for excellence and competitiveness through the distinguished achievements of young Filipinos in international science and mathematics competitions,” she said.

SEI continuously supports students who join international competitions as a means to identify talented students who could be future scientists and engineers.

“We are fully behind these students who decide to explore the wonderful world of science and technology. With our annual science scholarship exam for the undergraduate level and our Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development, and Engineering Research and Development for Technology programs for graduate level, we make sure that all areas are covered in their pursuit to become scientists and engineers,” she added.