PH has brainpower for a space agency: DOST officials


Posted at Feb 14 2019 02:23 AM | Updated as of Feb 14 2019 02:49 AM

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MANILA - The Philippines has enough brainpower to staff a proposed space agency, officials from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said Wednesday. 

A bill creating the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) was passed in the House of Representatives last December, while counterpart legislation is pending in the Senate.

Eric Paringit, Executive Director of the DOST Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development said the country had a lot of enthusiastic and competent scientists and engineers who could be part of the PhilSA.

"There's over 2000 people capable of contributing towards the development of space technology and applications here in the Philippines," Paringit said in an interview with ANC's Future Perfect. 

Alvin Retamar, Chief Science Research Specialist and Project Leader of Philippine Earth Data Resource and Observation Center (PEDRO) said some institutions they have been helping are even calling for higher level training in the space sciences. 

"In some areas where we are providing support they are already keen on developing aerospace engineering degree programs," Retamar said.