‘God’s work and my hard work’

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia

AIME Hope Balico, 21, of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo, who took up Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration at John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University-Molo, placed seventh in the 2017 Licensure Examination for Customs Brokers.

“It’s just amazing that until now, I can’t believe that I have attained this. But I know, it was not me alone, it’s Him working in my life,” she says.

Balico grew up with two teachers by her side – her mother and Lola Metucela. With the guidance and love of these two women, she had a happy and colorful childhood.

She graduated class salutatorian at Raul O.V. Causing Memorial School, and class valedictorian of the Special Program for the Arts major in Creative Writing at Barotac Viejo National High School.

“I am a proud SPA alumna for this curriculum has equipped me with enhanced talent in writing and the heart of an artist that I developed to appreciate life even in its gloomiest moments; a radiant and beautiful blessing,” she added.

When she entered college, she took up a course which she found very much challenging.

“It involves determining duties and taxes due to the government, customs, and tariff laws and playing a significant role in the facilitation of import and export trade and industry. It’s a completely different world for me, a bigger and expanding world.”

Aside from being an academic scholar, Balico is a consistent dean’s list student. She even graduated cum laude with her chosen degree.

She is also an awardee of The Outstanding Students of Iloilo Awards (TOSIA) and of Iwag Awards.

Though she was done with her college studies, she could not forget her learning experiences, especially in The Seagull publication.

“On my fourth year, I was the editor-in-chief and I was so privileged to hold such a big organization in school and in every success of publishing a material, it’s a feather in our caps,” she says.

Balico said her university is her core foundation which provided her with many opportunities and enabled her to nurture her capabilities to become a competent individual.

The formula she has always believed in is “God’s work and my hard work.”

“Life is an unending learning process, you only get old when you stop to learn, so keep on living and let God beacon the way for you. If ever you stray away from His path, just pray,” she concludes.

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DOST scholars are now registered  fish technologists chemists

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) scholar-graduates passed the October 2017 Fisheries Technologist and Chemist Board Exams.

The DOST scholars who passed the 2017 Fisheries Technologist Board Exam are:

1          ALEGRE, NIKKI ROSE G.                UP VISAYAS

2          BROSAS, ANDY Y.                           UP VISAYAS

3          ESTRELLA, JUDY ANN C.               UP VISAYAS

4          BRILLO, MARY ANTONETTE P.      CAPSU-DAYAO

5          CATALAYBAN, HANNAH MAE T.    UP VISAYAS

6          GALON, BYRILLE TIARA M.                        UP VISAYAS

7          GIMAY, KRISHA ANGELA P.                       UP VISAYAS

8          LAURON, ANNE GELLI L.                UP VISAYAS

9          LICERA, MA. RONA O.                     UP VISAYAS

10        PENOL, MA. MICHELLE M.              UP VISAYAS

11        SAPLOR, MAY MARGARET F.        UP VISAYAS

 

The following are the DOST scholars who passed the October 2017 Chemist Board Exam:

1          CARDOS, HARLENE B.                    UP VISAYAS

2          DIVINAGRACIA, JANICA G.             UP VISAYAS

3          JOMOCAN, CHRISTINE ANNE D.  UP VISAYAS

4          BALADJAY, DIANE MONIQUE S.    UP VISAYAS

5          CANTORES, HERLENE MAE B.      UP VISAYAS

6          DAGONDON, VANESSA OLGA J.  UP VISAYAS

7          GARCIA, NICOLE M.                                    UP VISAYAS

8          LEDESMA, JESSE JOBIEL G.         UP VISAYAS

9          RABAGO, DARRYL JADE A.                       UP VISAYAS

 

The October 2017 Chemist Licensure Examination was administered by the Board of Chemistry last October 10-11, 2017 while the Fisheries Technologist Board Exam was administered by the  Board of Fisheries last October 25 & 26, 2017

 

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is devoted to accelerating the development of science and technology for socio-economic development.

The Science and Technology (S&T) Scholarship Program is available for both undergraduate and graduate level scholarships, to those who meet the minimum grade requirement and those qualified by the S&T Scholarship Examination.

DOST offers three undergraduate scholarship programs – RA 7687 Scholarship, DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program and the RA 10612, known as Junior Level Science Scholarship.

RA 7687 Scholarship (RA 7687), also known as the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994”, provides scholarship slots to poor but deserving students whose families’ annual gross incomes do not exceed the poverty threshold limit.

The other scholarship referred to as DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program, formerly known as the NSDB or NSTA Scholarship under RA No. 2067, is awarded to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics and are willing to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology.

On the other hand, RA 10612 or Junior Level Science Scholarship is offered to third-year college students who are enrolled in S&T Priority courses at any State Universities and Colleges (SUC), other private universities or colleges that are with CHED compliant programs, CHED identified Centers of Excellence (COE) or Centers of Development (COD) for the priority S&T courses and Institutions with FAAP Level III Accreditation.

The scholar must pursue a course in the field of science, mathematics, and engineering leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. (DOST-6/J.R. Gabiota).

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