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The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) is marking its third anniversary this August with a month-long lineup of capacity-building activities. The celebration, themed Sama-samang Pagbangon Gamit ang Kaalaman Mula Kalawakan, will highlight the crucial role of end-users in harnessing information from space to benefit and empower communities. PINAS, or the PhilSA Integrated Network for Space-Enabled Actions towards Sustainability will visit Palawan province for the second leg of the project’s pre-implementation workshops this August in Puerto Princesa City. The PINAS project envisions communities empowered through the utilization of the full value chain of space data; the project is designed to enable various sectors to sustainably access space data according to their needs. The workshop is set to invite representatives from LGUs, regional government agencies, non-government organizations, and the academe involved in sectors where space data would be valuable for policy making. “We will be inviting representatives from the agriculture, DRRM, environment conservation, planning, and national security sectors to introduce the potential of space-based technologies in aiding them in the fulfillment of their mandates and daily operations,” Jamaica Pangasinan, PINAS project leader and PhilSA SMCOD Senior Science Research Specialist said.
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The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), the Department of Science and Technology- Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) have taken the first steps toward financial inclusivity through satellite internet.
On 28 and 29 July 2022, technical teams from PhilSA, DOST-ASTI, and BSP initiated the test deployment of the satellite internet service provided by iOne Resource, Inc. in two rural banks in Batangas–The Progressive Bank of Malvar and the Rural Bank of Cuenca. The said banks have earlier been identified by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to be situated in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs), where installation of additional terrestrial networks to boost connectivity may not be feasible.
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“We do not need to compete with google.”
This is what Mary Grace P. Golfo-Barcelona, Dean, School of Library and Information Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman said during a webinar on Nutrinet: Thriving during the Pandemic, as part of Nutrition Research Information Network’s (NUTRINET) 35th anniversary.
Barcelona said that the challenge for the librarians and libraries in the era of digitization is how to make reliable and relevant resources that are available online more accessible to the researchers, and to make what’s available in prints that are not available online be digitized and transformed to formats that are more readily accessible to the users.
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Newly appointed DOST Secretary Renato U. Solidum, Jr. during his first flag ceremony as an appointed cabinet secretary. (Photo by Teddy Amante, S&T Media Services)
Newly installed secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr. talked about the “earthly” attributes of public servants in his message during his first official flag ceremony as the new head of the department at the DOST Science Complex in Bicutan, Taguig City on 15 August 2022.
Popularly known as the country’s “fault finder,” Secretary Solidum rose from the ranks starting at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) in an entry-level position as Science Research Specialist I in 1984. He then became its director in 2003 and eventually became DOST Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in 2017 and Undersecretary for Scientific and Technical Services in 2019.