DOST-SEI panelists and student representatives during the webinar.
The Department of Science and Technology- Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), through its webinar on "Leadership and Volunteerism for Community Resilience," urges its scholarship qualifiers to serve their communities through volunteerism as part of their responsibility to the country as scholars.
The webinar, joined by over 300 scholars from Region X, XI, XII, and Caraga, aimed to develop leadership among Science scholars contextualized in participatory citizenship towards community and national development.
Dr. Geraldo S. Petilla, Chief of the National Research Council of the Philippines Finance and Administration Division, presented to the scholars how leadership and volunteerism can contribute to community resilience and encouraged scholars to care for the nation by expressing it in their actions like volunteering in their communities.
"You are not just scholars of DOST. You are scholars of the Republic. It is your duty to promote and protect the well-being of your fellow Filipinos," he expressed to the scholars.
DOST XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony Sales, represented by Assistant Regional Director Ms. Mirasol Domingo, also extended a message of encouragement to the scholars highlighting the youth's resilience despite the global pandemic and various world issues they are facing.
"With all your grand aspirations for yourselves, we share the confidence that you will also carry a burning heart of service to the Filipino people because that is how we truly make our education worthy." Ms. Domingo said.
April Joy Chatto, a BS Biology student from the University of the Philippines Mindanao, shared insights on the webinar, emphasizing that every Filipino and every scholar has a responsibility toward the country's development.
She encouraged scholars to immerse themselves in various communal activities to give back to those who believed in them.
The webinar also discussed the volunteer actions for the community that the scholars should make to have a sustainable future led by Dr. Amaryllis Torres, Professor Emeritus from UP Diliman, College of Social Work and Community Development.
Dr. Torres laid down the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which aims to stimulate actions over areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet such as eradicating poverty, making fundamental changes in producing and consuming goods and services, and fostering inter-cultural understanding, tolerance, mutual respect and ethics of global citizenship and shared responsibility among others.
BS Biology student Margareth Requerme from the University of Southeastern Philippines Obrero shared that developing community resilience is essential for a sustainable future and collaborating with other stakeholders is crucial in achieving these goals.
"This (webinar) reminds us that we are not just scientists for ourselves, but scientists for the greater good," she added.
DOST has been providing Science and Technology (S&T) scholarships to produce more S&T professionals to meet the demands of the country and the world.
Part of the conditions stipulated in the students' scholarship contract is the Return Service Agreement (RSA). RSA requires students to render service to the country equivalent to the years they benefited from the scholarship.
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