• The Department of Science and Technology aims to create a Philippine Space Agency
  • The Space Agency, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Pena said, is crucial to help communities become more resilient
  • He said the Senate will be very cooperative regarding his plan

Our country might soon have its own space agency!

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is pushing for the passage of a bill aiming to create a Philippine Space Agency.

PTV News disclosed Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Pena said the space agency can give early warnings when there’s a threat from natural disasters, and could also monitor the status of the country’s agriculture center; hence, it is crucial to help communities to become more resilient.

The proposed creation of the agency already passed or gained the approval of the House Committee on Science and Technology, the Appropriations Committee, and the reorganization committee.

De la Pena said he is “confident the Senate will be very cooperative” regarding his plan.

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To note, the country’s first ever U1 cube satellite (CubeSat) called Maya-1 built by Filipinos has been successfully deployed from the International Space Station (ISS).

The satellite is an essential step towards the formation of the Philippine Space Agency.

DOST signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with young innovators to provide the latter with research grants and stipends, the program began last year.

The program is open for all high school students and college students taking up Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) courses, and must not be more than 30 years old.

The proposals may come from an individual or a team composed of not more than five students. There’s no limit to the stipend as long as it can be justified.

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In addition, DOST is also into the creation of a Nuclear Agency Regulation Commission.

De la Pena said, “a Nuclear Agency is necessary for countries that are members of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The other countries have the (Nuclear) agency. The regulatory body should be separate.”

The bill regarding the Nuclear Agency seeks to the creation of a unified regulatory body for all activities involving sources of ionizing radiation.

As per DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute’s (PNRI) website, the existing regulatory and promotional functions are “potentially conflicted and not in agreement with international nuclear best practices.”