Both driven for scientific advancement, the Philippine Science High School and Bayer Philippines, Inc. unite in creating an avenue for ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—•๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€.
On June 16, Bayer, a global leader in the field of pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and the PSHS, a premier educational institution renowned for its commitment to scientific excellence, entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Science Immersion Program (SIP).
This was after the assessment of the initial MOA signed in 2022 that proved to be a resounding success and prompted the decision to extend the partnership for an additional five years (2023-2027).
The signing ceremony, held at the PSHS System-Office of the Executive Director, brought together top executives from Bayer and distinguished officials from PSHS. Bayer Country Director Angel Michael Evangelista, who is also a PSHS alumnus from the Main Campus Batch โ€˜82, and Bayer Communications Manager Nadira Abubakar, and PSHS Executive Director Lilia Habacon and Deputy Executive Director Rod Allan De Lara signed the agreement, solidifying their shared commitment to fostering innovation, research, and scientific education.
Under the terms of the MOA, Bayer will provide a two to three weeks immersion program either on-site, pure online or hybrid setup that include class discussion, debates, simulations, and webinars that can help refine the academic and research skills of the Pisay students. The collaboration also seeks to familiarize PSHS students with the necessary tools and work locations across various practices of scientific disciplines.
โ€œWe are glad to be back here at PSHS after one year. On our end, we were just as inspired by the PSHS students with their eagerness, engagement, and passion for scienceโ€ฆWe are happy to partner once again with the PSHS and continue inspiring our young scientists to take a deeper interest in agriculture and to support their science education through hands-on experience in our research sites,โ€ Bayer Country Director Angel Michael Evangelista expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration.
The PSHS System developed the SIP to motivate high school scholars, specifically those in their senior years, to pursue a career in science and technology by collaborating with different public and private research institutions such as Mapua University, De La Salle University, Department of Science and Technology- Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC), among others.
PSHS Executive Director Lilia Habacon echoed her sentiments, emphasizing the transformative impact of the partnership with Bayer Philippines may further bring on PSHS students, saying, “Hopefully, through this, we can encourage more students to engage in agriculture. Show them that it is beyond the traditionally known agriculture. Because, [in the long run], their expertise in biochemistry and physics will play an important role in the development of agriculture in the country.โ€