The Virtual Presser hosts media forum on the Philippines’ space satellite program

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Presidential Communications Operations Office, through the Office of the Global Media and Public Affairs (OGMPA), hosted a new episode of “The Virtual Presser”, the Deputy Director-General Cay Perez of the Philippine Space Agency or PhilSA who presented the satellite development program of the agency. Below is the summary of the presentation to both local and international media.

On August 8, 2019, the government passed Republic Act 11363, often known as the Philippine Space Act – the law that established the PhilSA.

The adoption of the Philippine Space Act is the country’s formal acknowledgment of the growing strategic importance of space and its peaceful applications for the benefit of Filipinos and the rest of the world. The legislation establishes a foundation for a Philippine Space Policy, allowing the country to become a genuinely space-capable and space-faring nation.

The signing of this law was the culmination of a lengthy process of discussions, planning, research, and outreach involving many stakeholders in the government, the Filipino public, academia, and the business sector, as well as foreign support.

The adoption of the Philippine Space Act is the country’s formal acknowledgment of the growing strategic importance of space and its peaceful applications for the benefit of Filipinos and the rest of the world. The legislation establishes a foundation for a Philippine Space Policy, allowing the country to become a genuinely space-capable and space-faring nation.

To achieve these objectives, the Philippine Space Act authorized the establishment of the Philippine Space Body, which today acts as the principal government agency responsible for all national space problems and operations.

The signing of this law was commemorated last week, as well as the 2nd anniversary of the establishment of PhilSA, last week with the theme “Gabay mula Kalawakan, Tanglaw sa Pagbangon.” The topic emphasizes the critical role of space science and technology applications (SSTA) in the country’s recovery from the Covid-19 epidemic, as well as in charting the country’s route toward digital governance and a knowledge economy.

PhilSA has continued to enhance its main efforts of space data mobilization and advanced satellite development since its inception.

In response to our country’s priorities, these satellite data are being used to aid in crisis management and response, monitor volcanic activity, keep a watch on our maritime resources and territories, and track the economic impact of the Covid-19 epidemic via road traffic and sea vessel surveillance.

In recent years, there has been an increased use of space technology in tackling many of today’s urgent issues.
As a result, we are also focusing our efforts on training our own local scientists and engineers to be able to construct and operate the Philippines’ own satellites that are suited to the country’s needs.

This year, PhilSA began construction of the MultiSpectral Unit for Land Assessment, or MULA, the country’s newest and largest commercial-grade satellite. The Filipino engineers who worked on the MULA satellite are returning to the Philippines this month after spending the entire design and production process in the United Kingdom. Maya-3 and Maya-4 nanosatellites were also launched.

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