DOST Undersecretary Fortunato de la Peña posed this challenge to the new scientists of the Scientific Career System as they took their oath on June 30, 2014 at the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Quezon in a message he delivered on behalf of DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo. Undersecretary de la Peña underscored the dwindling scientific manpower resource in the country and the importance of a strong reward and recognition system to attract and retain highly qualified researchers and scientists in the government service
A total of 11 new researchers in the government service were appointed to scientist rank and were sworn in by Civil Service Commission Chairman Francisco T. Duque III. (Mary Charlotte O. Fresco, SCC Secretariat)
Eight scientists who retired from and left the government service were awarded plaque of appreciation by the Scientific Career System on June 30, 2014 for their significant contributions in research and their works as scientists, namely:
The 2006 Merit System for the Scientific Career System constitution and by-laws (CBL) specifies the scientist rank requirements, which include scientific discoveries and inventions or technology, machine, or utility model patents, comprehensive documentation of research accomplishments for the last 10 years.The merit system aims to give credit to researchers devoted to research and development, invention and innovation, science and technology education, training, and services.