House Bill 3637, filed by Bohol 2nd District Representative Erico Aristotle Aumentado and Zamboanga del Norte 1st District Representative Seth Frederick Jalosjos, and Senate Bill 1211 authored by Senator Benigno Aquino IV, both aim to create a Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) that would help develop a space program for the country.
“The PhilSA would be responsible for developing space science technology policies, implementing research and education programs, and establishing industry linkages between private and public sector stakeholders. Lastly, the PhilSA would be our country’s representation for international space agreements and arbitrations,” explained Senator Aquino in his bill, as previously quoted by Rappler.
Should the measure pass the legislative mill, the proposed space agency would be attached to the Office of the President and would focus on key development areas such as national security, hazard management and climate studies, space research and development, space industry capacity building, space education and awareness, and international cooperation.
Filipino astrophysicist Dr. Rogel Mari Sese of the National Space Development Program (NSDP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) lauded the filing of the measures; adding that developing countries like the Philippines can benefit from a working space program.
“As a developing country and emerging economy, it is important for the Philippines to ensure its access to space for sustainable economic growth… Independent access to space is no longer a luxury but rather a necessity even for developing countries such as ours,” Sese explained to GMA News. /Maricar Medalla/