The Scientific Career System (SCS) was established within the Civil Service pursuant to Executive Order No. 784 dated 17 March 1982. It was formally organized on 19 July 1983 with the issuance of Executive Order No. 901. The establishment of the SCS was further reinforced by Section 4 of R.A. 8439 entitled “Magna Carta for Scientists, Engineers, Researchers and Other Science and Technology Personnel in Government”.
The Scientific Career System is a system of recruitment, career progression, recognition and reward of scientists in the public service, as a means of developing a pool of highly qualified and productive scientific personnel.
The System shall be characterized by:
1. Entrance to and career progression or advancement based on qualifications, merit and scientific productivity;
2. Career paths that shall allow scientists to develop within their respective areas of expertise without leaving their status as scientists; and
3. Incentives and rewards to ensure attraction and retention of highly qualified persons in the science and technology sector.
The objectives of the Merit System are:
1. To establish guidelines for entrance to and/or conferment of rank in the Scientific Career System;
2. To provide equal opportunities for career advancement of scientists;
3. To encourage the development of highly qualified and productive scientists in the public service;
4. To provide a system of rewards and recognition for outstanding career scientists to ensure their continued service in scientific R&D in government; and
5. To provide a guide for expeditious and facilitative resolution of complaints and grievances of scientists.