- The House approved the creation of a Philippine Space Agency
- No legislator objection and abstention during the bill’s final reading
- Dr. Rogel Mari Sese said the space program is a money-making venture
The House of Representatives approved the third and final reading of House Bill 8541 or the Philippine Space Development Act which seeks to create the country’s Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) and provide the Philippine’s space program.
Some 207 legislators on Tuesday voted in favor of the bill’s passage without any objection and abstention.
According to a GMA News story, the bill’s aim is to provide a framework for the country’s primary strategic road map in order to become a space-capable and space-faring nation in the next ten years.
PhilSA will be attached to the Department of Science and Technology whose space-related functions with the Department of Transportation will be delegated to the new agency.
The bill, moreover, as per Inquirer, provides a framework for the space policy which focuses on these areas:
- national security and development
- hazard management and climate studies
- space research and development
- space industry capacity building
- space education and awareness as well as international cooperation
At present, as shared by Rappler, the National SPACE Development program handles the “frameworks and foundations” for a possible future Philippine agency.
Despite not having a central space agency, the country made advances in the field of space science — which includes its launching of two Philippine-made microsatellites.
Spending money on space science is not a money-losing venture but a money-making one, said Dr. Rogel Mari Sese; program leader of the National Space Development Program under the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development.
Sese added that for every peso spending, the program has a quantifiable P2.50 return of investment.