PHL-MICROSAT Program Assessment and Planning Workshop
November 18, 2017

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Last 18 November 2016, the PHL-Microsat Program held its first program review and public science forum held at Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila. This event aims to help the members assess and review the program. About 50 members of the PHL-MICROSAT Program attended the workshop.  Through this activity, each project was able to share their major accomplishments, problems encountered, actions taken, and recommended future interventions that will help sustain a Philippine Space Program that addresses the needs and priority areas in the country.

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Ms. Kaye Vergel, one of the FIlipino scholars, presenting the payloads
and capabilities of Diwata-1.

Exchange of questions and ideas is encouraged among the members
of the program.


PHL-Microsat Forum: P.U.S.H. Space S&T (Platform for Understanding, Sustaining, and Harnessing Space S&T in the Philippines)

November 19, 2017

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With the support of the Advanced Science and Technology Institute, the PHL-Microsat Program’s first Forum:  P.U.S.H. Space S&T (Platform for Understanding, Sustaining, and Harnessing Space S&T in the Philippines) was held last November 19, 2016 in Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City with delegates coming from the academe and different industry sectors. The goal of this forum is to provide relevant updates of the program from Diwata-1 to Diwata-2 development. The forum featured distinguished speakers from the PHL-Microsat Program and Department of Science and Technology. After each set of presentations, participants were given a chance to ask questions.

The PHL-Microsat Program leader, Dr. Joel Marciano, officially opened the forum with a short presentation on how the Philippines can benefit from microsatellite technology. Following his presentation is the encouraging speech of Assistant Secretary for Finance, Administrative and Legal Affairs, Atty. Emmanuel Galvez. Atty. Galvez said that Diwata-1 is not just a microsatellite but also a source of pride and gratitude. In his speech, he expressed his support not just to the program but to other research and development efforts. He invited everyone to take part in this endeavor.

Succeeding the welcoming remarks was Prof. Yukihiro Takahashi, the program’s keynote speaker. He presented the potentials of the development of microsatellites and its importance. He emphasized that innovation is a combination of technology, application, and needs. Along with this, he announced the joining of the Philippines to the Asian Microsatellite Consortium. The consortium will comprise 17 space agencies and universities from nine Asian nations, including Japan and Philippines.

Engr. Raul Sabularse, Deputy Executive Director of PCIEERD,
presented a bigger picture of the establishment of the Philippine Space Agency and its goals for the next 10 years. One of the goals of the agency is to develop indigenous satellites and to have capability on building rockets. He stated that the agency would aim to give scholarship to interested engineers and scientists and form an 800-strong workforce.

Other topics discussed during the forum were Diwata-1’s applications, data distribution, capacity building, and Diwata-2 development updates. The queries of the participants centered on data access, collaboration, and operations.

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