5 DOST researchers conferred the SCS scientist rank
Honorable Alicia dela Rosa-Bala, Chairperson of the Civil Service Commission and Scientific Career Council (SCC) administering the oaths of the five newly conferred SCS scientists with Scientist I rank: Dr. Rosalinda C. Torres, Dr. Marissa A. Paglicawan, Dr. Annabelle V. Briones, Ms. Glenda B. Obra, and Mr. Fernando B. Aurigue, The oath-taking ceremony was witnessed by Dr. Cristina A. Binag, President, National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) and SCC member, Usec. Carol M. Yorobe, DOST Undersecretary for S&T Services, and Dir. Luningning E. Samarita-Domingo, SCC Executive Secretary e and NAST PHL Director IV.
SCS Orientation at the Department of Health held on July 03, 2017
SCS Orientation at the Philippine Institute of Development Studies held on June 06, 2017
SCS Orientation at the Philippine Institute of Development Studies held on June 06, 2017
SCS Orientation at the Philippine Institute of Development Studies held on June 06, 2017
Scientific Career System Orientation and Research Colloquium in Region III
SCS Orientation and Research Colloquium at PhilRice led by Dr. Mudjekeewis D. Santos, Acd. Evelyn Mae Tecson-Mendoza, Dir. Luningning E. Samarita-Domingo, and Dr. Eduardo Jimmy P. Quilang sitting along with the PhilRice researchers.
Scientific Career System Orientation and Speakers Bureau in Region II
complete important studies earlier started.

The SCC Secretariat conducted a survey and needs assessment workshop among all active scientists in the System to determine the factors that may be affecting or hindering scientists in meeting their scientific targets. Among the most important factors identified are limited inhouse funding for researches, delegation of administrative works, and lack of research staff. Some institutions can provide only as low as PhP7,000 grants to their scientists per year to fund short term studies. Thus, majority of the scientists source their funds from external funding agencies.

The Scientific Career Council (SCC) formalized its approval of the proposed PhP 0.5M research grant through signing a resolution during their 37th Meeting on November 03, 2014. They also identified the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), an attached body to DOST, to administer and monitor this grant program following their existing guidelines.

Another initiative pushed by the Council is to make SCS scientists regular NRCP members for them to have full access to research grants without going through the usual membership process which requires nominees to become Associate Members first. Dr. Filemon A. Uriarte Jr., NRCP President and Ex-Officio Member of SCC, said that the recommendation was approved by the NRCP Governing Board and that the Board shall sign the resolution to formalize this new rule. Dr. Uriarte added that all SCS scientists will be invited to apply for membership at NRCP and those who will be willing to apply will be made automatic Regular Members.

As for the operationalization of the grant program, Dr. Uriarte said it will start in 2016 because the 2015 budget has already been approved by the DBM.

The SCC Secretariat is now in the process of setting a workable mechanism to efficiently and fairly implement the grant while making sure that the grant will also be an instrument to ensure scientist’s tangible outputs. Scientists who will avail of the grant shall be required to publish their research outputs in SCS accredited international journals.

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