Leading the awardees in a ceremony dubbed as “2019 In Touch With Excellence In CAR” last August 9 were Gerviase Sinano (Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering), Jess Leal (BS in Electrical Engineering) and Erythrina Nicole Andres (BS in Information Technology), all from Saint Louis University (SLU) and Gneiss Louie Gem Almazon (BS Biology) from the University of the Philippines – Baguio, who graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Also awarded were for graduating cum laude were Joana Rhea Esteves, Tamara Ashley Boac, Alvin Noel Gayados and Nicole Anne Borromeo (BS ChE); Argel Angeles, Patrick Guinto, James Patrick Pang – oden and Alvin Neil Dumaguit (BSECE); Noralyn Bugtong, Judhel Rey Bulion, and Alica Mendoza (BSEd – Math); Erythrina Nicole Andres, Mary Ann Licudo and Kimberly Lopez (BS IT); John Ferben Depnag, Ashley Kane Dumay and Jade Ednalaguim (BS ME); Keith Sigfreid Ancheta (BSEd Bio Sci) and Michelle Pilay (BSEd Physical Science), all from SLU.
From UP– Baguio were Jericho Narvasa and Jaime Rivera, both BS Physics graduates..
From Benguet State University were Vanessa Rose Meana (BS AgE); Kerry Joy Felix (BS Ed Bio Sci); Rachelle Baterna and Jan Marae Datuin (BS Agri); Freda Alacdes, Jordan Cacanindin, Villarica Friaz, Rogelyn Billet and Marialyn Dangpa; and Dexter Galletes, Judale Quianio, Manely Galyano, Arlyn Rose Gozun, Maria Fe Kimayong and Noreen Macwes (BS AS).
Other awardees were Anjune Abar (BSEd Math), honorable mention from University of Baguio and Jayson Pangibitan (BS Ed Math), Leadership and Efficiency awardee from Kalinga State University.
The awarded received the DOST medal.
DOST – CAR Regional Director Dr. Nancy Bantog, congratulated all the awardees for their hard work and dedication to achieve such academic excellence. She encouraged the graduates to continue to pursue the path of science, technology and innovations in their careers in line with the country’s goal of improving a science culture towards progress and development in the whole country.
Bantog also expresses gratitude to the Science Education Institute, the DOST lead service institute mandated to accelerate the development of S&T human resources in the country, for the continuing partnership in bringing science education scholarship programs in the countryside.
DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña, in his message read by DOST – CAR Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Pita Picpican, assured their commitment to continuously increase the beneficiaries of their scholarship programs, as well as in improving the benefits for the scholars.
“Science is meant for the people, for our own sustainability and advancement. We expect to produce more and even better S&T professionals who can be prime movers in innovation and help propel growth. Serve the people through science and technology. Be the leaders that you can be for the Filipino people”, Dela Peña stressed.
There are 149 DOST graduate scholars in Cordillera as of June 2019. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR with Shai Claver/DOST CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar