32 DOST staff leave for ‘high paying’ jobs abroad
MANILA, Philippines – At least 32 personnel left the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for “high paying” jobs in other countries, an official told a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
Of the number, majority are forecasters, few are sub-professional level, and about five sub-professionals, said Vicente Malano, officer-in-charge of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), one of the government agencies under the DOST.
“From 2005 up to present, there are already 32 personnel, who have gone abroad, most of them are forecasters, few are sub-professional level and less than I think, there were only 5 sub-professional,” Malano said, responding to Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto’s query during the hearing of the Senate committee on science and technology.
The mass exodus, however, has not only been confined in Pagasa but in other-related agencies as well like the Philippine Institute of Science and Volcanology (Phivolcs) and the Advance Science and Technology Institutes (Asti), said DOST assistant secretary Oswald Santos.
“Nangyayari rin po sa ibat ibang ahensya ng DOST like Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) and some other agencies like ASTI (Advance Science and Technology Institutes because of the temptations being offered by companies in other countries for higher paying jobs,” Santos said.
“Of course you cannot really blame our science and technology personnel because of the need to support their families but we assure that the department is doing its best in giving the benefits of science and technology personnel, the magna carta benefits,” he added.
Ramon Agustin, president of the Philippine Weathermen Employees Association (PWEA), said the “brain drain” was “alarming” as there were more employees, four in 2014, leaving the agency compared to only one to two personnel the previous years.
“Dati isahan dalawahan, ngayon bultuhan na kaya alarmed kami sa Pagasa,” Agustin said.
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