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DOST awards Academic Excellence to 25 BU Grads

Twenty five (25) Bicol University (BU) cum laude graduates received the DOST Seal of Academic Excellence, which was given to a total of 42 awardees all over the region, during the awarding ceremony, “In Touch with Excellence 2016” held by the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office V (DOST-RO V) on May 31, 2016 at the AVP Function Hall, Legazpi City.

The award was presented to DOST scholar-graduates who satisfactorily complied with the high academic standards of their school, thereby receiving honors.

“Without a doubt, Bicol Region is a home of bright scholars and future leaders,” said Engr. Alex Elegado, OIC Director of DOST Regional Office V, who addressed the awardees during the ceremony.

Currently, 897 scholars are enrolled in various SUCs and selected HEIs in the region.  According to Elegado, almost 400 DOST scholars are in BU, enrolled in its various colleges and campuses offering Science and Technology courses.

To become a DOST scholar, a student must take and pass a qualifying comprehensive test administered annually by the institute, and must enroll in any of the Science and Technology priority courses identified by DOST. 

The DOST Science Education Institute supports deserving students in pursuing academic excellence by paying for their tuition fees and providing each scholar a monthly stipend, book allowance, and transportation allowance (if studying outside the province).  

The scholarship program aims to hasten the advancement of science and technology in the country, towards socio-economic development.  This was emphasized by Elegado in his speech, where he also challenged the awardees to contribute to this aim.

“Dare to become someone and be a productive member of the society.  So, as the tagline goes, ‘Make S&T your Future, Be a DOST Scholar’, let us all work together for a Smarter Philippines,” Elegado challenged.

The event also served as a tribute to proud parents who guided the scholars’ journey.  The DOST gave them tokens of appreciation.  (Judy Bongala, Batch 2016 BUTC BSEd Math graduate).


Below are the names of the awardees as provided by DOST RO V:

  1. 2011 Reymark M. Embate                    BU/EE
  2. 2012 John Damell B. Balbastro              BU/BSE Bio Sci
  3. 2012 Jomalyn A. Bendecio                    BU/BSE Math
  4. 2012 Vanessa B. Bobis                         BUTC/BSE Math
  5. 2012 Judy V. Bongala                           BUTC/BSE Math
  6. 2012 ROllie B. Buban                           BU/ Biology
  7. 2012 Dianne Dynah B. Dy                    BU/BSE Math
  8. 2012 Earl B. Gonzales                          BUTC/ BSE Math
  9. 2012 Kier Wen M. Lita                          BU/BSE Math
  10. 2012 Mabille r. Longavela                     BU/BSE Phy Sci
  11. 2012 Ruby Anne C. Manzanillo              BU/BSE Math
  12. 2012 Maria Tricia B. Nasayao                 BU/BSE Math
  13. 2012 Joan M. Simangan                        BU/BSE Math
  14. 2012 Patrick Andy I.Zara                       BU/BSE PhySci
  15. 2013 Ryan B. Bernido                           BUTC/BSE Math
  16. 2013 Ronalyn B. Buella                         BUTC/BSE PhySci
  17. 2013 Ghia R. Carillo                             BU/BSE Math
  18. 2013 Grace O. Llona                             BU/BSE Math
  19. 2013 Chris John R. Rosamiran               BU/BSE Physics
  20. 2013 Kent Lexinn Ian M. Cantal             BU/ BSE PhySci
  21. 2014 Malvin T. Beren                            BUTC/ BSE Math
  22. 2014 Josua M. Cambusa                       BUPC/ BSE Math
  23. 2014 Mary Joy B. Echaluce                    BU/BSE Math
  24. 2014 Sarah Kimberly F. Lamadrid          BU/BSE BioSci
  25. 2014 Jovy L. Mirabueno                        BU/BSE BioSci
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