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Attorney Stephanie Tible shares some good news for the scientific community!

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Let’s support scientific and technological progress in the country! Republic Act No. 11035, otherwise known as the “Balik Scientist Act” was recently signed into law by President Duterte. The law aims to provide benefits, incentives, and privileges to science, innovation and technology experts of Filipino descent, to encourage and support their participation in strengthening the scientific and technological human resources of Philippine institutions and industry to accelerate the development of new or strategically important technologies that are vital to national development and progress.
The general benefits, incentives and privileges include: exemption from PRC licensing; accident and medical insurance; reimbursement of expenses for excess baggage allowance related to scientific project or activities; exemption from renouncing their oath of allegiance to the country where they took the oath; tax and duty exemption in the donation of equipment, instruments, and materials to the DOST; and tax and duty exemption in the importation of professional equipment, instruments, and materials. Term-specific benefits, incentives, and privileges are likewise provided under the law. The Balik Scientist Program shall be administered by the DOST, which shall coordinate with other departments, agencies, and bureaus, including government-owned and/or controlled corporations. The DOST shall also create and maintain a databank of the Balik Scientists who have availed of the program. We encourage Balik Scientists and curious readers alike to visit the DOST Balik Scientist Program website: http://bsp.dost.gov.ph, and the BaLinkBayan Overseas Filipinos’ One Stop Online Portal: http://balinkbayan.gov.ph/philanthro…/…/balik-scientist.html for more information on how to avail of the program. Attorney Stephanie Tible. http://bsp.dost.gov.ph/

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