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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Pilipinas, Magkakaroon Na Ng Sariling Space Agency

Aside from the law that seeks to lessen the burden of Filipinos from paying the high electricity costs and eliminating the obstruction of power lines, President Rodrigo Duterte also signed a law creating the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA).


Aside from the law that seeks to lessen the burden of Filipinos from paying the high electricity costs and eliminating the obstruction of power lines, President Rodrigo Duterte also signed a law creating the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA).        Ads   Republic Act (RA) 11363 establishes the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) which is tasked to serve as the "primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that will plan, develop, and promote the national space program in line with the Philippine Space Policy."    The Philippine Space Policy, under RA 11363, will focus on national security and development; hazard management and climate studies; space research and development; space industry capacity building; space education and awareness; and international cooperation for development of science and technology applications to ensure the country's sustained progress.    The PhilSA will be an attached agency of the Office of the President for purposes of policy and program coordination, to ensure alignment in national policies and priorities.    The agency will be chaired by a director general who will be appointed by the President subject to the confirmation by the Commission on Appointments,    The PhilSA head will also have the rank and compensation of a Cabinet Secretary.    The law provides that the PhilSA proper will be composed of the Office of the Director General, the Offices of the Deputy Director General, and various divisions that will be created as deemed necessary.    A 30-hectare land under the administration of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority within the Clark special economic zone in Pampanga and Tarlac will be allocated exclusively for the PhilSA office and its research facilities.    RA 11363 also mandates the creation of the Philippine Space Council (PSC), which will be the principal advisory body for the coordination and integration of policies, programs and resources affecting space science and technology application.    The council will be chaired by the President and vice chaired by Science and Technology Secretary.    Other members of the PSC are secretaries of National Defense, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Environment, Trade, and Information; respective chairpersons of Senate and House science and technology committees; and National Economic and Development Authority adviser.    Duterte signed the law on August 8, 2019. Palace released a copy of the law on Wednesday, August 14.  Ads      Sponsored Links    Under the law, the PhilSA will be the central government agency addressing all national issues and activities related to space and science and technology applications.  The PhilSA will also be the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing and administrative entity of the Executive branch of the government that will plan, develop, and promote the national space program in line with the Philippine Space Policy.  It will be an administrative entity of the Executive branch of government.  The law also establishes the Philippine Space Development and Utilization Policy or the Philippine Space Policy which will serve as the country’s primary strategic roadmap for space development which will embody the country’s goal of becoming a space-capable and space-faring nation within the next decade.  It will prioritize areas of space science and technology applications (SSTAs) that would address national issues, promote the efficient utilization of space assets and resources, establish capacity-building measures for human resources development, strengthen national defense, and enhance international cooperation.  It will also focus on six key development areas namely: National Security and Development; Hazard Management and Climate Studies; Space Research and Development; Space Industry Capacity Building; Space Education and Awareness; and International Cooperation.

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Republic Act (RA) 11363 establishes the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) which is tasked to serve as the "primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that will plan, develop, and promote the national space program in line with the Philippine Space Policy."

The Philippine Space Policy, under RA 11363, will focus on national security and development; hazard management and climate studies; space research and development; space industry capacity building; space education and awareness; and international cooperation for development of science and technology applications to ensure the country's sustained progress.

The PhilSA will be an attached agency of the Office of the President for purposes of policy and program coordination, to ensure alignment in national policies and priorities.

The agency will be chaired by a director general who will be appointed by the President subject to the confirmation by the Commission on Appointments,

The PhilSA head will also have the rank and compensation of a Cabinet Secretary.

The law provides that the PhilSA proper will be composed of the Office of the Director General, the Offices of the Deputy Director General, and various divisions that will be created as deemed necessary.

A 30-hectare land under the administration of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority within the Clark special economic zone in Pampanga and Tarlac will be allocated exclusively for the PhilSA office and its research facilities.

RA 11363 also mandates the creation of the Philippine Space Council (PSC), which will be the principal advisory body for the coordination and integration of policies, programs and resources affecting space science and technology application.

The council will be chaired by the President and vice chaired by Science and Technology Secretary.

Other members of the PSC are secretaries of National Defense, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Environment, Trade, and Information; respective chairpersons of Senate and House science and technology committees; and National Economic and Development Authority adviser.

Duterte signed the law on August 8, 2019. Palace released a copy of the law on Wednesday, August 14.

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Under the law, the PhilSA will be the central government agency addressing all national issues and activities related to space and science and technology applications.

The PhilSA will also be the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing and administrative entity of the Executive branch of the government that will plan, develop, and promote the national space program in line with the Philippine Space Policy.

It will be an administrative entity of the Executive branch of government.

The law also establishes the Philippine Space Development and Utilization Policy or the Philippine Space Policy which will serve as the country’s primary strategic roadmap for space development which will embody the country’s goal of becoming a space-capable and space-faring nation within the next decade.

It will prioritize areas of space science and technology applications (SSTAs) that would address national issues, promote the efficient utilization of space assets and resources, establish capacity-building measures for human resources development, strengthen national defense, and enhance international cooperation.

It will also focus on six key development areas namely: National Security and Development; Hazard Management and Climate Studies; Space Research and Development; Space Industry Capacity Building; Space Education and Awareness; and International Cooperation.
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