In this current crisis of governance by the Aquino administration, the country's scientists, technologists, ICT professionals, and engineers are not spared from the government's neglect in providing an environment that will give greater opportunities and other forms of support where they can flourish as pioneers of scientific and technological breakthroughs and inventions that would be of greater relevance for the country's national development. The limited state support does not dignify the role of science and technology in providing an effective and efficient services to improve the well-being of the Filipino people.
Hence, it is a timely resolute for our local scientists, technologists, ICT professionals, and engineers to take part in the growing number of people demanding for the outright removal of Pork Barrel in the Legislative Branch of government, and more importantly, the Presidential Pork Barrel that are believed to be sources of massive corruption at grand scale.
November 15, 2013 marks the third year of the continuing injustice of the Aquino government on the families and friends of one of the country’s foremost Botanist Leonard Co, Forester Sofronio Cortez and Farmer Julius Borromeo. The three were all slain by members of the19th Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines while the study team was performing their job for a reforestation project of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) in Kananga, Leyte, .
An apparent case of mistaken identity, yet the military hangs on to its lame excuse that they were fired at to rationalize the wild volley fire they unleashed that killed the three and wounded the two other members of the forest study team.
The arrest and filing of trumped-up charges against Physicist Kim Gargar stirred the scientific community and human rights defenders across the world on the plight of field scientists. These scientists become victims of culture of impunity by the military elements. “The incident created fear for many of our scientists who braved the perils of the mountain in pursuing scientific objectivity,” said fellow physicists and Kim’s colleague in PUP, Reynold Luna.
The devastating earthquake in Bohol last Tuesday is a stark reminder of how vulnerable our communities still are to the different hazards present in the country. The humanitarian situation is dire and many people are appealing for help and assistance in Central Visayas. They would badly need food and water for the evacuees and medicines for the injured.