DOST-SEI S&T Scholarship Exams: Widely Promoted in 4th District takes a break in 2016 and 2017
The Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Science and Technology Scholarships Exams, widely promoted and supported throughout the 4th District of Bulacan takes a break for SY 2016-2017 and SY 2017-2018, a two-year period in the selection of new scholars under the RA 7687 and the Merit Scholarship programs since there will be no high school graduates in 2016 and 2017 under the K-12 Program. The DOST-SEI competitive scholarship exams are widely promoted in the 4th District of Bulacan with Community Development Workers (CDWS) of the District liaising directly with the public high school principals for information dissemination and examinees are provided with transportation and/or expenses and snack to and from the DOST-SEI testing sites. They are similarly supported for the orientation and contract-signing when qualified. Last year, the District had 75 examinees: Marilao, 16; Meycauyan, 27; Obando, 11; Sta. Maria 31. They were part of the total national figure of 5,303 reported by the DOST to be up by 30% from the previous year.
To fill up the two-year gap, DOST-SEI shall open up more slots in its other scholarship programs such as the Fast-Tracked Science and Technology Scholarship Program under the RA 10612 and the regular Junior Level Science Scholarship Program. Meanwhile, DOST also supports and sustains the growth of micro, small, and medium enterprises in the District through its Small Enterprise and Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) and Grants-In-Aid (GIA). In its September 2014 report to Rep. Villarica, DOST Region Office 3 listed four on-going SETUP projects in the 4th District of Bulacan since 2012 (Food Machinery Industrial Corp., Marky's Primebake Corp., Reysan Farms and Tiptop Foods) and five proposed SETUP projects, as well as one on-going GIA project (Bulacan Dairy MPC).