Scholarship offered to future geologists

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Saturday, January 19, 2013


THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) will be offered scholarships for high school graduating students who are interested to take geology course.

Elmer Billedo, MGB-Manila assistant director, said this is one of the priority projects of their office that they will implement this year.

“Anyone can avail this scholarship program for as long as they will take BS Geology course,” Billedo said.

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Scholars will be receiving tuition fee, monthly stipend and book allowance.

Also under the contract, graduates must render three years of service with the MGB for every one year of government scholarship.

They also need to maintain a grade weighted average of 2.0.

Fresh graduate, transferees and even returning students may avail the program but they should meet the criteria for the scholarship program and maintain the set grades to continue cover by the program.

The purpose of said scholarship program is to increase the number of geologists serving the country, a problem that the MGB is currently experiencing.

Most MGB regional offices has only one geologist, this to include Eastern Visayas, Billedo said.

“Only Region IV-B has the most number of geologists which count to about four of them,” he said.

Geologists are important because they engaged in exploration for mining companies in search of metals, oils, and other earth resources.

They are also in the forefront of natural hazards and disasters warning and mitigation, studying earthquake, volcanic activity, tsunami and weather storms.

Their studies are used to warn the public of the occurrence of these events.

At present, geologists are also engaged in the discussion of climate change as they study the history and evidence for this earth process. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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