SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
A Quezon City lawmaker is insisting that the country must keep abreast with the fast-phased global developments in nuclear science and technology.
“One basic step is youth education through the establishment of a national scholarship program for students in Nuclear Science and Nuclear Engineering,” Re-elected Rep. Alfredo D. Vargas III, author of HB 6464, said.
HB 6464, entitled “An Act Establishing a National Scholarship Program for Students in Nuclear Science and Nuclear Engineering,” is expected to be re-introduced come 17th Congress in July.
The proposed “Nuclear Science and Nuclear Engineering Scholarship Act” will heighten the State’s investment in quality youth education, he explained.
“We want to motivate and encourage the youth to be involved in Nuclear Science and Engineering by providing scholarship grants to deserving Filipino youth,” the author said.
Vargas said that developments in science and technology greatly influence the way people live, connect and communicate, bringing about significant effects on the country’s economic development.
“Science and technology are key drivers or catalysts towards national development because the evolutions in these fields promote economic advances, improvements in health systems, education and infrastructure,” he added.
He noted that countries like the United States and Japan ensure the flow of needed investments on nuclear science and engineering because, as evidenced by their growth, technological innovations lead to efficiency and economic prosperity.
The scholarship program shall be created and spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology, in coordination with such government agencies and institutions involved in fostering the development of nuclear science and engineering in the country.
Section 5 of HB 6464 provides: “An eligible undergraduate institution may receive a grant upon proper application to the Secretary of the DOST. The application shall include a cost effective proposal on how the scholarship grant shall be expended to attain the objective of fostering the development of nuclear science and nuclear engineering in the country including but not limited to proposed scholars willing and capable to undertake comprehensive training on nuclear science and technology as well as the institutions, locally and abroad, which will provide such training.”
Under the bill, the scholarship program shall last for four (4) years from the effectivity of the Act and, thereafter, it shall be evaluated according to criteria and measures to be determined by the DOST.
Likewise, the DOST shall transmit a progress report to Congress every year for the duration of the program. The funding requirements shall be appropriated from the National Treasury, the bill provides.