PATRIOTISM IN ILONGGO SCHOLARS
THE “Filipino Patriot Scholars Project” is a set of various activities that will allow the junior scholars to interact with the different sectors or community, identify problems, and provide solutions.
In Western Visayas, the Department of Science and Technology–Science and Education Institute (DOST-SEI) support around 6,000 undergraduate and graduate scholars who specialize in the fields of science math, science education, and engineering.
Nationwide, the scholars total more than 30,000.
DOST-SEI Director Dr. Josette T. Biyo said DOST-SEI will hold a two-day program on November 23-24 in Iloilo City to instill patriotism and core values of “professional excellence, social responsibility, and servant leadership” among its scholars.
The two-day program will include Problem Tree Analysis to instill critical thinking among the scholars. This activity will determine the root cause of problems in a specific village or community.
Biyo said the approach will help junior scholars identify what agencies can assist them in solving problems through the series of lectures of several lessons per module.
Dr. Biyo and her team of professionals eye different areas in Iloilo City as prospective subjects of the program. The team also aims to promote local heroes of Iloilo and invite Ilonggo scholars who contributed not only to the Philippines but also to the world.
The director has convinced young professionals to join her for the effective implementation of the program – Ma. Nerissa Nicolas, Susana Esquivel, and Robby Reyes.
Nicolas, a robotics champion who has represented the Philippines in world competitions started her journey after she achieved recognition when she was still a student. The first time she engaged with robotics competition, her team won the Philippine Robotics Olympiad in 2009 in which they were qualified to join the international level in Korea and landed in ninth place.
Moreover, she pursued to coach grade school student while on her college days, and her team placed second and grand champion both in Indonesia and in Malaysia.
As she goes on challenging herself, Nicolas met Dr. Biyo who convinced her to work with her in the program. In 2015, she was hailedas one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines.
Esquivel had been working with the DOST-SEI for 24 years.
Meanwhile, Reyes is a fresh graduate of the University of Philippines-Diliman was convinced to be part of the team because of the project’s vision. Reyes said that DOST-SEI does not just capacitate students financially but holistically and that he is able to form certain values that scholars should have.
Dr. Biyo further said that people will see the change in the perspective of the students. Now, they are citizens of the country who have care and willing to do something for the country, which the people don’t usually find nowadays.