Government addressing ‘brain drain’ of scientists

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

THE government is trying to entice scientists from the country's universities to replace those who have left, in an effort to address the "brain drain" in the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Malacanang said Tuesday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said market forces are at work, thus it is only natural for the country's talented and highly qualified scientists to leave their government posts in search of better compensation abroad.

"Ganunpaman, sinisikap pa rin ng ating pamahalaan na mapanatili ang mga mahuhusay na manggagawa sa loob ng mga regulasyon ng pamahalaan at sa abot ng kakayanin ng resources ng ating pamahalaan," he said.

The Senate during a hearing on Tuesday learned that employees of other science and technology agencies, not just the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), have left to work in other countries.

They include employees of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI).

"Maaari ring maging senyales 'yan para tingnan ng ating mga mambabatas ang pangangailangan na ayusin ang pasahod sa mga empleyado ng gobyerno, kaya nga nagkakaroon ngayon ng talakayan hinggil sa panibagong Salary Standardization Law, para maipatupad din ang inaasam na pagpapataas ng sahod sa iba't ibang sektor, kabilang na ang mga sundalo, pulis, guro at iba pang government employees," said Coloma. (SDR/Sunnex)

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