The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), through the coordination of other government branches, will spearhead space explorations to solve environmental and economic issues such as deforestation, climate change and foreign vessels occupancy on disputed seas.
The agency also aims to build publicly-accessible satellites, similar to Japan’s Himawari-8 that can capture real-time images and discoveries from space.
“Akala nila ay puro lang tayo gastos dito. But in fact, this will help our economy and also our relationship with other countries,” said Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) executive director Dr. Enrico Paringit.
The PSA, which will be housed in a 30-hectare headquarters within the Clark economic zone, is looking at a budget of P10 billion.
As of this year, three Philippine-made micro satellites namely Diwata 1, Maya 1 and Diwata 2 have been sent to space.
“This is one of the reasons why this was approved as a law because they are seeing that it is possible for us to develop space components,” said Paringit.
The PhilSA will be an attached agency of the Office of the President for purposes of policy and program coordination and ensure alignment in national policies and priorities. President Rodrigo Duterte signed it into law on 8 August 2019.