President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. recognizes the Department of Science and Technology’s leading efforts in Science, Technology and Innovation during his 2nd State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24, 2023 at Batasang Pambansa, Quezon City.

Here are excerpts from PBBM’s 2nd SONA (02:41:06 to 2:42:40):

“A culture of innovation working hand-and-glove with a culture of entrepreneurship must be fostered. This is Filipinnovation. Science and technology, especially R&D, will be at its foundation.

The DOST leads the development of our capabilities in science, technology and innovation. Science and technology-related scholarships are made available for the talented and technically-gifted students from high school all the way to graduate school.

To address the challenge of staying at the cutting-edge of technology, 44 renowned Filipino scientists in diverse areas of expertise are returned home under the Balik Scientist Program. They will undertake research in various priority fields and will be supported by upgrading facilities and R&D funding.

The Philippines has launched two (2) additional satellites into space. Together with the 1st satellite, it will track weather, predict storms, evaluate soil and water supply, analyze shifts in population and be used for traffic management, geohazard mapping, risk assessment and even including security and defense.

Science, technology and innovation will drive the quality and competitiveness of our workforce as well as our manufacturing, export, creative and service industries in existing markets and in new ones waiting to be explored.”