What is it like to be a Filipina STEM professional overseas? | SHE-ensya What’s It Like Series

Hello Science Fans!

Did you know that the Filipino people could actually be the largest diasporic community in the world? This means a lot of us have travelled out of the country, and settled in various countries all over the planet.

Our science professionals form a significant portion of these overseas Filipino community, and it is a bittersweet truth that our country can produce world class scientists, researchers, and experts, but we can barely keep them in the country.

In this video, we look at the conditions that have caused “brain drain” in our country to happen, and why some of our brightest minds have decided to leave. But we also highlight the exciting “Balik Scientist Program” that aims to bring back some of those we have lost. And most importantly, we hear from SHEroes who have crossed national borders, and have proven that Filipinas can excel in STEM globally.

Our amazing SHEroes for this episode are:

  1. Dr. Bianca Victorio – a Postdoctoral Research Fellow based in Singapore
  2. Dr. Cherry Ignacio – a Software Product Manager based in the USA
  3. Engr. Angelica Bebiano – a Sales Mechanical Engineer based in the UAE

I hope our SHEroes can make you proud of our amazing world class talents!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

3 responses to “What is it like to be a Filipina STEM professional overseas? | SHE-ensya What’s It Like Series”

  1. And it is even more sad that many highly educated Pinoy have to settle for domestic jobs overseas. But even here in Italy we have an incredible amount of scientists or otherwise highly educated folks who seek greener grass abroad or have to settle for a job that doesn’t match their qualifications here

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    • Yes, that is so sad indeed. We even have countries (like Canada) who discriminate against the educational status of Filipinos, despite the fact that we have so many Philippine-based and Philippine-educated scientists who have published exemplary papers in reputable journals, holding patents for inventions and new medicine, and so much more.

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      • Very sad indeed, I know for a fact that there are plenty of high qualified Pinoy who deserve better opportunities but, unfortunately in my country there is little room for high qualified locals, let alone for immigrants. But, at least, some Pinay nurses have managed to find good employment opportunities here


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