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|Adrian Josele G. Quional
Dec 2016-Dec 2018
Maligayang pagdating sa page ng SGAC Philippines! The year 2016 has been a fruitful year for the country as it gradually embarks on becoming a full-fledged space-faring nation. The deployment of the DIWATA-1, the engagements done by the National SPACE Development Program on the creation of the Philippine Space Agency, and the hosting of the 23rd Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum all serve as the country’s milestones in its entrance to the space arena.
Overview of Activities in your Country
Despite the lack of a space agency and a coherent space program in the present, the Philippines conducts various space activities in terms of education, technology, and policy aspect. In space education, the Philippines is continuously celebrating the World Space Week and the National Astronomy Week where a roster of engaging activities are in line, such as telescope viewing, poster making, CanSat competitions, and water bottle rocket competitions. In space technology, the Philippines’ deployment of the DIWATA-1 through the International Space Station (ISS) has been deemed as a milestone. For the policy aspect, there has been a promising progress on the engagements with various sectors of the society, spearheaded by the National SPACE Development Program which is laying the groundwork for the future Philippine Space Agency. Culminating these engagements are the filing of the bills in the upper and lower chambers of the Philippine legislation on the legislation of a Philippine Space Development and Utilization Policy and the creation of a Philippine Space Agency and the approval of the Philippine president on the establishment of a National Space Development Office as an interim agency prior to the actual creation of the Philippine Space Agency. All of these milestones reflect the Philippines’ goal of establishing a space agency for the betterment of the lives of Filipinos through space.
Lastly, the Philippines has a very productive year, highlighted by its hosting of the 23rd Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum and its side events (CanSat Competition, Water Rocket Event, and the 3rd Asia-Pacific Space Generation Workshop). These milestones truly mark the Philippines’ entrance to the space arena.
Country-Specific Events for 2016
March 23, 2016 - Launch of DIWATA-1 to the ISS - The Philippines’ first microsatellite has been delivered to the ISS using the Atlas V launch vehicle
April 27, 2016 - Deployment of DIWATA-1 from the ISS - The Philippines’ first microsatellite has been deployed from the Kibo Module of the ISS
Oct. 5-7, 2016 - World Space Week 2016 Philippines - The Philippines’ celebration of the World Space Week which consistied of the National Water Rocket Competition (Oct. 5), National Can Satellite Competition (Oct. 6), and the On-the-spot Poster Making Contest (Oct. 7) - University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
Nov. 12-13, 2016 - APRSAF-23 CanSat Competition and Water Rocket Event - As a side event to the 23rd APRSAF hosted by the Philippines, the CanSat Competition and Water Rocket Event has been held where the team from the Rizal National Science High School (Philippines) emerged as the Overall Winner of the APRSAF CanSat Competition - University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
Nov. 12-13, 2016 - 3rd Asia-Pacific Space Generation Workshop - As a side event to the 23rd APRSAF hosted by the Philippines, the 3rd Asia-Pacific Space Generation Workshop (AP-SGW) has been held where 55 delegates (32 local delegates and 23 international delegates) joined to discuss the following topics:
(1) The Future of GNSS in the Next Ten Years;
(2) Space Diplomacy: Bridging the Divide;
(3) Agricultural Applications of Space Technology;
(4) Asia-Pacific’s Economic Priorities in Space; and
(5) Talent Development to Sustain a Space Era.
The workshop consisted of highlight speeches from prominent people in the Asia-Pacific region in the field of space, such as Mr. Yusuke Muraki from JAXA, Ms. Neevy Van Laningham from the US Department of State, Prof. Naohiko Kohtake from Keio University, Dr. Rogel Mari Sese from NSDP, and Astronaut Soichi Noguchi from JAXA - University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
Nov. 15-18, 2016 - 23rd Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum - The Philippines hosted the 23rd Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) - Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Manila, Philippines
Interesting Links for the Space Generation in Philippines
- National SPACE Development Program - The official website of the National SPACE Development Program (NSDP), a government-initiative to lay the groundwork for the future Philippine Space Agency.
- Phl-Microsat Program (DIWATA-1) The official website of the Phl-Microsat Program that developed and launched the Philippines' first microsatellite
- Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) - The official website of PCIEERD, an attached Science and Technology Service Institute to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), mandated to "perform the development of national competence in research and development on strategic areas of industry, energy and emerging technology sectors in the country"
- Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) - The official website of PAGASA, an attached S&T Service Institute to the DOST, mandated to “provide protection against natural calamities and utilize scientific knowledge as an effective instrument to insure the safety, well being and economic security of all the people, and for the promotion of national progress”
- Regulus SpaceTech Inc. - The official Facebook page of Regulus SpaceTech Inc., a pioneering space technology company in the Philippines that focuses on space research and development, education and consultancy services
- Rizal Technological University (RTU) - The official website of the Rizal Technological University, the only higher education institution in the Philippines offering full-fledged undergraduate and graduate degrees in astronomy technology
- Rizal Technological University (RTU) Astronomy Society - The official blog site of the RTU Astronomy Society
- Science Education Institute (SEI) - The official website of the SEI, an attached S&T Service Institute to the DOST, mandated, among others, to "undertake science education and training; administer scholarships, awards, and grants; and undertake science and technology manpower development"
- University of the Philippines Los Baños - The official website of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, one of the eight constituent universities of the country's national university, the University of the Philippines (UP)
- University of the Philippines (UP) Astronomical Society - The official blog site of the UP Astronomical Society
- University of the Philippines Los Baňos (UPLB) Astronomical Society - The official Facebook page of the UPLB Astronomical Society
Members of the NSDP present during the 23rd APRSAF held at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Philippines.
Dr. Rogel Mari D. Sese, NSDP Program Leader and former NPoC of the Philippines, graced the World Space Week 2016 celebration held at the university of the Philippines Los Baňos last October 2016.
The third installment of the Asia-Pacific Space Generation Workshop (AP-SGW3) held last Nov. 12-13, 2016 at the University of the Philippines Los Baňos as a side event to the 23rd Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) hosted by the Philippines.
The first microsatellite of the Philippines, DIWATA-1, deployed from the ISS last March 2016.