Wishing for a NASA: PH to host Asia-Pacific Space Agency forum

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Posted at Nov 10 2016 08:09 PM

Asia-Pacific Space forum set in Manila as PH pushes for space dev't policy

MANILA - The Philippines is set to host the 23rd Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-23) next week as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) urges the government to have its own space development policy.

Since its establishment in 1993, the APRSAF remains to be the largest space-related conference in the Asia-Pacific region, the DOST said in a statement.

With the theme “Building a Future through Space Science, Technology and Innovation,” space applications, space technology, space environment utilization, and space education will be discussed at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Pasay from November 15 to 18 in a bid to share the future plans of different countries in these areas.

Other activities such as water and can launching competitions, and a forum on the Regional Space Policy Cooperation in Asia have been included in the list of activities in a bid to encourage the public to see the importance of space studies and exploration.

Though the host country managed to launch the DIWATA-1 microsatellite in April, the Philippines has yet to form its own space agency.

Legislative measures backing the creation of a Philippine space agency have been filed in both chambers of Congress, but no administration in recent history has marked space development as a priority.