House OKs measure granting incentives to young scientists, inventors

By on June 21, 2015


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The House of Representatives has adopted a resolution providing incentives to young Filipino scientists and inventors to encourage them to stay in the country and be part of the economic development.

Under House Resolution 197, in substitution of HR 2002 and the original HR 953 authored by Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo, young Filipino scientists and inventors shall be granted incentives and benefits, including academic citations, financial aid, scholarships and guaranteed government posts.

The resolution sponsored in plenary until approval by the Committee on Science and Technology chaired by Rep. Victor J. Yu, will advance the interests of young scientists and inventors and motivate them to play a part in the country’s economic development, Castelo said.

According to Castelo, the measure aims to address the current brain drain in the field of science and technology resulting from the exodus of local scientists and inventors.

“The nation has lost numerous homegrown talented scientists and inventors to other developing countries. The lure of greener pasture hinders the development of scientific studies and research in the country,” Castelo said.

Castelo stressed it is the declared policy of the State to recognize the vital role of the youth in nation-building and promote their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being.

“By providing young scientists and inventors with better incentives and benefits, they will choose to remain in the country and share their talents for the good of our countrymen,” Castelo said.