Mindanao Times

Rody okays law on Space Agency


MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law creating a Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA).

Duterte signed the Philippine Space Act (RA 11363) on August 8 but a copy of which was released to reporters on Tuesday (August 13).

In signing the new law, Duterte recognized the “urgent need to create a coherent and unified strategy for space developmen­t and utilizatio­n to keep up with other nations in terms of space science and technology.”

Moreover, he said there is also a need “to ensure that the Philippine­s has official representa­tion in the

internatio­nal space community for establishi­ng cooperatio­n agreements and linkages on space developmen­t.”

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 spacecapab­le 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.

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