“The Department of Education (DepEd) and Local Government Units (LGUs) should put up more science high schools for the talented young people who are future scientists and researchers,” said Science and Technology Undersecretary Rowena Christina L. Guevara during the second webinar series of the VIrology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines Information, Opportunities and Networking or VISION 2021, conducted by the National Research Council of the Philippines on 16 July 2021.

“We hope that there will be more LGU-sponsored science high schools,” she added. Guevara said that this will give the junior and senior high school students the opportunity to work with world class facilities.

Education department local government need to put more science high schools

Guevara posed this wish because it was observed and shared by the participants that some high schools do not have adequate equipment, facilities and laboratories for aspiring early researchers. This was also after assuring that the Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines or the VIP will be established and that more students will be more interested in taking microbiology course or any related biology courses.

Meanwhile, NRCP Executive Director Marieta Banez Sumagaysay said that NRCP can assist institutions that need help through its Research and Development Leaders (RDLead) under DOST’s Science for Change Program (S4CP) by giving trainings and similar capability building initiatives on R&D to the faculty on the microbiology and biology fields. Dr. Sumagaysay is the project leader of the RDLead Program which is currently on its 3rd year of implementation.

The NRCP promotes and supports fundamental or basic research for the continuing improvement of the research capability of individual or group scientists.

Currently, the DOST has the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) System with 15 campuses. PSHS is a research-oriented and specialized public high school system in the Philippines that operates as an attached agency of DOST.