The Philippines Just Made Moves to Create Their Own Space Agency
While the Philippines has been involved in space technology for decades, its space program was decentralized and maintained by various agencies of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
Now the country is setting up its own space agency, following the footsteps of its neighbors Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Philippines’ House of Representatives approved the House Bill (HB) 8541 on Nov. 27, paving the way for the creation of the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA).
According to government media, the bill is set to provide a “Philippine Space Development and Utilization Policy (PSDUP)” which would “serve as the country’s primary strategic roadmap for space development and embody the country’s central goal of becoming a space-capable and space-faring nation in the next decade.”
The bill, which covers space science, engineering, scientific principles and “other allied fields,” still needs to be passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.
If passed, PhilSA will become the main government agency for all issues related to “space science and technology application.”
Good news: The “Philippine Space Development Act” was passed by the House of Representatives last Tuesday, November 27, 2018 🚀🇵🇭 We’ve got a looong way to go, but we’re definitely one step closer on establishing Philippine Space Agency or #PhilSA 🌏🌒☄️🛰⚙️ pic.twitter.com/uKgkyFPqs6