QUEZON CITY, MAY 22, 2019 – Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones welcomed back yesterday the country’s 12 student-delegates to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) at the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH) Office.
The Philippine delegates to the world’s largest pre-college science competition held in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States of America from May 12 to 17 consist of the winners of the DepEd 2019 National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF), namely: Maryjoise Karla Buan of Pangasinan National High School; Lester Joy Sabadao, Lia Denise Tan, and Alpha Kassandra Leonille Acain of Cagayan National High School; Shaira Gozun, Neil David Cayanan, and E’van Relle Tongol of Angeles City Science High School; Nathaniel Reyes of Quezon National High School; Maria Isabel Layson of Iloilo National High School; and Kathleen Chloie Antonio, Anna Beatriz Suavengco, and John Eric Aggarao of Taguig Science High School. All of them shared their greatest experiences in the international event.
The team of Cayanan, Tongol, and Gozun bagged an honorable mention with their project called “Hibla: An Alternative Sound Absorption Material.”
The Education chief expressed delight in welcoming the young scientists who all delivered a strong performance in the competition: “It’s good to meet Filipinos who have returned to their school, to their families, and to their parents,” Briones enthused.
Briones likewise reminded them: “Teachers are not expected to teach everything. Teachers guide the learning process, guide the discovery process, and guide the exploration process. The teachers learn along with the students.”
Finally, the Education chief told them that they have all the time to change their school and community for the better.
“Take advantage of your good fortune, the wonderful future that is awaiting you so that while we, elders, have failed you in many ways—we are destroying the world you are going to inherit, we are destroying the systems that you are also going to inherit—but hopefully, you will rebuild, you will rediscover, and you will teach us, teachers as well,” Briones concluded.