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Angara Eyes Laws to Help Produce Globally-Competitive
Written by Loren   
Thursday, 27 August 2009

To help boost the country's pursuit in producing globally-competitive Filipino scientists and future Science and Technology leaders, Sen. Edgardo Angara is eyeing for more laws to propel the country's human resources.

The senator is the chair of the Congressional Commission on Science, Technology and Engineering (COMSTE). According to him, the legislation has played an important role in initiating S&T scholarship programs. The Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994 for instance, grant financial assistance to poor but talented students pursuing careers in S&T. This policy directs its actions toward encouraging and promoting research and development strategies to advance the quality of education in areas of science and innovation, especially for students who have high science aptitude.

The Senator shared that COMSTE, as a body that reviews and assesses the country’s capacity in science, engineering and technology in order to generate, enhance and assist in implementing effective development work plan has provided avenues so that young scientists can interact with accomplished Filipino expatriates who have respectably established reputable careers abroad.

In this respect, COMSTE has formulated a leapfrog strategy dubbed as "Fast-Track to Innovation" that will fund a local research team to pursue cutting edge R&D endeavors with willing PAASE (Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering) members as the principal investigators of the projects.

With this program, it is intended to fuel the creativity of our local scientists and stimulate a synergy of ideas, forge connections between scientists in the Philippines and the international scientific community; and eventually propel the country as a respectable source of S&T innovations, much like Taiwan and Korea. It is also hoped to produce state of the art inventions and innovative processes, which in turn is connected with our goal of developing globally-competitive Filipino brands. [via]


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