Bhutan withdraws from Philippines math contest


Nov 28: Bhutan has pulled out from the 2009 Philippine International Mathematics Competitions (PIMC) to be held December 1 in Iloilo City following the massacre in Maguindanao on November 23. 

Worried for their safety, contestants from Russia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka also decided to back out from the contest.

Young math wizards from these countries have sent word they were no longer taking part in the 27-nation PIMC, said Robert Degolacion, executive director of Mathematics Trainers’ Guild-Philippines (MTG), which is conducting the PIMC along with the Department of Science and Technology, DOST’s Science Education Institute and the Department of Education.

Math teams from 21 countries had started arriving in Iloilo to participate in the PIMC.

Close to 180 numbers aces will participate in the PIMC’s Asia Inter-cities Teenagers Math Olympiad (AITMO) while over 200 others will compete in the Philippine Elementary Mathematics International Contest (PEMIC). Jerry E. Esplanada