A big boost for science and technology
ADVANCEMENT of science and technology in the country has been fuelled by the recent signing of the Balik Scientist law by President Rodrigo Roa A. Duterte. Republic Act ( RA) 11035, or industrial and economic development the “Act Institutionalizing the Balik of the country. Scientist Program,” is expected to Through the Balik Scientist Law, provide more incentives to returning a returning scientist can participate Filipino experts, scientists, inventors, in the DOST’s Grants-in-Aid research and engineers who would share their and development. expertise in the country. A grant may be provided to
The said law would strengthen the the Balik Scientist and released implementation of the Department of through the host institution for Science and Technology’s (DOST’s) the implementation of the project Balik Scientist Program which was i n accordance with relevant first established in 1975 through government regulations and the Presidential Decree No. 819, however, need of the program involved. it was only implemented in 1986. A Balik Scientist can also enjoy
Since i t s i mplementation, various compensations which several scientists have returned include tax and duty exemptions in the country on short- and long- to importation of professional term basis to mentor science and equipment and materials, free engineering students and faculty medical and accident insurance along their line of expertise through covering t he award period, research and development, teaching, reimbursement of expenses for and other activities. baggage related to scientific
This sharing of expertise projects, and even exemption from significantly contributed to the “renouncing their oath of allegiance I acceleration of the scientific, agro- to the country where they took the oath.”
The benefits also include special working and non-working visas, a round- trip airfare from a foreign country to the Philippines, exemption from local travel tax, and DOST- subsidized visa application.
Also under the bill, long- term Balik Scientist awardees can enjoy relocation benefits, such as support in securing job opportunities for the spouse of the awardee, and admission