A New Dawn for Marawi
by Henry P. Aringa, Ph.D.
The DOST-SEI Bangon Marawi Program in Science and Technology Human Resource Development (STHRD) was conceived primarily to help in the rehabilitation of the war stricken Marawi City. Through a scholarship, the program is geared towards helping both the students and faculty members who were primarily affected by the siege and who are studying in the field of Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and other applied sciences such as Fisheries, Forestry, Agriculture, Psychology and Education majors in Sciences and Mathematics.
It should be recalled that last January 26, 2018, the Memoradum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by Dr. Josette T. Biyo, representing the Science Education Institute (SEI), and Dr. Habib W. Macaayong, representing the Mindanao State University. The event happened at the CHARM Pavilion and was attended by several university officials as well as officials from the DOST led by Dr. Fortunato T. De La Peña, DOST Secretary and one of the signatories of the said MOA. Last April 6, 2018, the most awaited time had come. The signing of the Scholarship Contract by the Batch I recipients ( 212 Undergraduate and 30 Graduate students ) happened at the Dimaporo Gymnasium.
In addition, Dr. Fortunato T. De La Peña approved the second batch of qualifiers of the program last September. Finally, last October 16, 2019, the signing of the Scholarship Contract by the recipients happened again at the Dimaporo Gynasium. This time, 169 undergraduate scholars along with their parents/guardians attended the orientation and contract signing activities. The table below shows some of the benefits that will be enjoyed by these scholars.
Eighteen (18) MS and PhD scholars of the said program also joined the orientation and contract signing activities.
“This program seeks to have a long-term effect on your city as we want you to be the ones to spark the rehabilitation of human and social infrastructures of Marawi”, DOST-SEI Director Dr. Jossette T. Biyo said during the orientation program. “In the next few years, we believe that the Bangon Marawi scholars are already equipped with the knowledge and skills to bring a new dawn to Marawi”, Biyo added.