By Dhel Nazario
Gearing towards the creation of the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), business groups in the country gathered for the first time on Tuesday for the First Philippine Space Industry Forum, with hopes of spurring new collaborations on space technology applications development.
With the theme, “Beyond Boundaries: Exploring Business Opportunities in Space-related Collaborations,” representatives from the government organizations, academic institutions, and private companies gathered to raise awareness and discuss their different space-related initiatives in the country.
Executive Director Dr. Enrio Paringit of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) expressed enthusiasm over the possible partnerships that may spring from the forum.
“We are ready to go full blast in the space industry. Government has been laying the foundations needed to put up a strong science program and the creation of PhilSA will be the culmination of this preparations, It is high time now for our partners in the industry to join us in this journey to conquer space,” he said.
Paringit said that as DOST has laid out various initiatives on space science, the creation of PhilSA under the department will consolidate all these efforts and thoroughly address the different key development areas it concerns.
“The Philippines is ready to have a national Space Agency that will centralize the technical and financial resources of the country. This will boost our capabilities when it comes to space research development and utilization,” he said.
Satellite communications were the first space-based technology used in the country. This started the exploration of the use of more space-based tools. Since then, DOST has been active in promoting and doing space research and development.
Some of its significant milestones include the launching and deployment of the Diwata microsatellites and Maya-1 cube satellite. Now, space research and development is utilized for activities like urban drainage, urban heat maps, landslide simulation and mapping infrastructure monitoring, and blue carbon mapping.
Paringit stressed that the council hopes that through the forum, business groups will be enticed to leverage our potential business opportunities in space-related activities and encourage government, industry, and academe collaborations towards this end.
“The first Philippine Space Industry Forum is our gateway into future projects with our industry partners. Government is ready to take the big leap into space and walk with them in this journey,” he said.