Balik Scientist Program is a dream come true - Dr. Arnulfo Rosario Jr.

Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) Balk-Scientist Dr. Arnulfo Rosario Jr. delivered his exit presentation with the staff and guests from the Philippine National Ear Institute at the PCHRD Conference Room, Bicutan, Taguig City on 4 December 2018.

Dr. Arnulfo Rosario Jr. is a returning scientist from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fellowship in Houston with expertise on public health informatics. He earned his Undergraduate Studies at the University of Santo Tomas, his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Angeles University Foundation College of Medicine, and Master’s in Public Health degree at the University of the Philippines Manila (UPM).

In his three month stay, Dr. Rosario revealed that the Balik Scientist Program is a dream come true for scientists like him who wants to go back to the country to make a difference. By sharing his experiences and expertise, he was able to influence other researchers and give significant contributions on public health in the academe, community, and country.

During his exit presentation, Dr. Rosario discussed several accomplishments and training that he has attended such as the rCHITS Plus Training at the Korea – Philippines IT Center and the Hearing for Life: Newborn Hearing Screening and Teleaudiology Training Course. Aside from this, he was able to conduct lectures and workshops including the Integrated Consultative Workshop on Universal Hearing Screening, DermLink Project: Mobile Phone TeleDermatology, and lecture on INTARMED for UPM College of Medicine top medical students.

In the end, Dr. Rosario thanked the Council for giving him the opportunity to help and collaborate with co-researchers and scientist in the country. He expressed that more than sharing, he was also able to learn more from his colleagues and developed an even wider network that would work towards the improvmente of public health informatics in the Philippines.

The National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines – Manila (UP NIH) served as the host institution for Dr. Rosario from 5 September to 3 December 2018. Inspired by his stay, Dr. Rosario will extend his visit and apply for the long term grant of the Balik Scientist Program.

Balik Scientist Act or Republic Act No. 11035 strengthens the implementation of the Balik Scientist Program (BSP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) by providing incentives to foreign-based Filipino scientists who will go back to the country to transfer knowledge and share expertise.