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Wage Increase and Benefits for S&T Professionals
Written by Cherry   
Thursday, 17 March 2011

Filipino professionals in the fields of science and engineering must be given an increase in compensation. This was a suggestion by a lawmaker to both private and public companies. The suggestion arises because of the increasing number of workers leaving the country. The lack of high level Science and Technology and engineering degree holders and the weak R&D infrastructure are the reasons why the Philippines has small number of scientists and engineers. In a research conducted by the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST)-Science Education Institute (SEI), the numbers of science and technology workers who are going abroad had increased by 148 percent.

According to Sen. Edgardo Angara, chairman of the Congressional Commission on Science, Technology and Engineering (COMSTE), the status of our economy had been improving. There are many opportunities abroad for scientists, researchers and academicians. In 2009, there are about 24,500 white-collar jobs for health professionals and engineers. This proved that Filipinos are more competitive in the global market. The analysis of this concerted effort is to motivate the Filipino professionals to stay and serve in our country. Better compensation and benefits must be given to them to convince them to work for our country.

Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE) is an organization of Filipino scientists and engineers who hold PhDs or MS degrees in the United States and other countries. PAASE is requesting for government support to increase the R&D to at least 0.5 percent of the GDP. Angara stated that the country is spending below the recommended 1.15 percent for developing countries by the United Nations (UN) or 1 percent recommended by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). [via gmanews.tv]


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