DOST Memorandum Circular No.006
Subject:Rules and Regulations on the Grant of Benefits, Incentives and Privileges to Balik Scientists
|Section 1.||Republic Act (RA) No. 11035, An Act Institutionalizing the Balik Scientist Program, Appropriating Funds Therefor, and For Other Purposes, was approved on June 15, 2018. Section 15 of said Act provides that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in consultation with concerned agencies and other relevant stakeholders, shall promulgate necessary rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the Act.|
|Section 2.||Section 3.d of said Act provides that the DOST shall issue the appropriate rules and regulations for the efficient provision of benefits and incentives, which shall include the clarification of pertinent rules and regulations promulgated and administered by other government agencies.|
|Section 3.||Furthermore, under Section 13 of RA No. 11035, the DOST may draw up other benefits and privileges that may be extended to the Balik Scientist, in the rules and regulations to be issued to implement the Act in accordance with other existing laws, codes, · presidential decrees, executive orders, department orders, rules, regulations and other issuances promulgated for the purpose of accelerating the industrial development of the country. Said rules and regulations may include a one-time incentive bonus and such additional incentives, benefits, and privileges that may be necessary to attract the Balik Scientists to come home and contribute to the scientific and technological advancement of the country.|
This Memorandum Circular (MC) is issued to prescribe the rules and regulations on the grant of benefits, incentives and privileges to Balik Scientists provided in RA 11035 and those drawn up by DOST as authorized under Section 13 of the said law.
This MC shall cover all science, technology or innovation experts whose engagements are approved by DOST under the Balik Scientist Program, herein referred to as the "Program".
DEFINITION OF TERMS
|Section 1.||Balik Scientist – a science, technology or innovation expert or professional, as certified by the Department, who is a Filipino citizen or a foreigner of Filipino descent, engaged under the Program to undertake science and technology activities along the Balik Scientist's field of expertise with host institution(s) under short-term, medium-term or long-term engagement, and who may either be:
|Section 2.||Host Institution – refers to a government agency, public or private academic institution, or a Filipino-owned enterprise/organization in the Philippines registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) or Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that will undertake science, technology or innovation activities, or research and development initiatives with a Balik Scientist.|
|Section 3.||Sectoral Council/Council – refers to the three (3) Councils attached to the Department, namely: 1) Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD); 2) Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD); and 3) Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD).|
TYPES OF ENGAGEMENT
|Section 1.||The short-term engagement under the Program shall cover a minimum duration of fifteen (15) days to a maximum duration of six (6) months per award to be served within one (1) year from the date of award.|
|Section 2.||The medium-term engagement under the Program shall cover a minimum duration of more than six (6) months but not' to exceed one (1) year per award to be served within two (2) years from the date of the award.|
|Section 3.||The long-term engagement under the Program shall cover a duration of more than one (1) year to three (3). years, subject to renewal to be determined by the DOST and to be served within five (5) years from the date of the award.|
INCENTIVES, BENEFITS, AND PRIVILEGES
|Section 1.||Balik Scientists under the short-term engagement shall be eligible for the following benefits, incentives, and privileges:
|Section 2.||Balik Scientists under the medium-term engagement shall be eligible for the following general benefits, incentives, and privileges:
|Section 3.||Balik Scientists under the long-term engagement shall be eligible for the following general benefits, incentives, and privileges:
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SECTORAL COUNCIL
|Section 1.||Ensure proper implementation of the provisions of this MC.|
|Section 2.||Ensure that grants of benefits, incentives and privileges to Balik Scientist are in accordance with the provisions of this MC.|
|Section 1.||To ensure that the results of scientific and technological activities are properly applied and utilized, the DOST shall require the Balik Scientists to submit their respective accomplishment reports as follows:
CASES FOR RESOLUTION
|Section 1.||Issues and concerns that may arise in the implementation of these rules and regulations shall be resolved by the DOST.|
|Section 1.||The funds needed to implement the benefits, incentives, privileges under this Program shall be included in the annual budgets of the DOST, DOST Sectoral Councils and the host institutions, where appropriate.|
EFFECTIVITY/ SEPARABILITY/ AMENDMENT/ REPEALING CLAUSE
|Section 1.||Effectivity. This MC shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines.
All Contracts of Award already entered into among the Department, the Host Institution/s and the Balik Scientist and still subsisting upon the effectivity of this Memorandum Circular, insofar as they are inconsistent with the provisions herein, are deemed amended and superseded.
|Section 2.||Separability. If any part or provision of this MC is held invalid or unconstitutional, the other provisions not affected thereby shall remain in force and in effect.|
|Section 3.||Amendment/Repealing. All existing provisions of circulars or issuances on the grant of benefits, incentives and privileges to Balik Scientists that are inconsistent with the provisions of this MC are repealed or superseded accordingly.|