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PhilSA underscores space program efforts at the UN STSC session

by Philippine Space Agency

23 April 2021

Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) Director General Joel Joseph S. Marciano, Jr., Ph.D. delivered the Philippine National Statement under Agenda Item No. 3 “General Exchange of Views” during the plenary of the 58th Session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (STSC) of the United Nations Commission on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) held […]

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2020 PhilSA Annual Report

by Philippine Space Agency

22 April 2021

This is the first Annual Report of the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), submitted to the Office of the President and to Congress on 30 March 2021.

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Making space for women: helping women reach for the stars

by Philippine Space Agency

15 April 2021

Accomplished Filipino women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are breaking through the glass ceiling all the way to space. This Global Astronomy Month, they’re urging more women to reach for the stars. This is the key call to action discussed during a webinar, entitled, “Making Space for Women” held on 29 March 2021 […]

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Minding the PPP’s and Q’s: PhilSA undergoes training on Public-Private Partnership

by Philippine Space Agency

22 March 2021

The first part of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) training series hosted by the PPP Center, took place on  Friday, 05 March 2021 through a “PPP 101” preparatory session. Members from the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) and the Sustained Support for Local Space Technology & Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) program were invited to the […]

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Simulating Starlink “Availability” Over the Philippines

by Philippine Space Agency

17 March 2021

A train of Starlink satellites as seen over Japan Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET   Ready for Starlink? Are They Ready for You? A considerable portion of the Philippine population live in remote rural locations classified as geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) that continue to remain unconnected to the Internet. The lack of mobile cellular […]

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PhilSA underscores space program efforts at the UN STSC session

2020 PhilSA Annual Report

Making space for women: helping women reach for the stars

Minding the PPP’s and Q’s: PhilSA undergoes training on Public-Private Partnership

Simulating Starlink “Availability” Over the Philippines

About PhilSA

Philippine Space Agency

The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) is the central government agency addressing all national issues and activities related to space science & technology and applications. Created under Republic Act No. 11363, or the Philippine Space Act, the PhilSA is an attached agency of the Office of the President for purposes of policy and program coordination, and to ensure alignment in national policies and priorities. Read More...

Message of the Director General

I join our excellent and dynamic team in welcoming you to the website of the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA). This platform serves as an invaluable window into our programs, activities and progress as we continue the journey of ushering Philippine society into the new space era. We welcome and value your feedback.

In recent years, the Philippines has taken significant steps in space science & technology and its applications (SSTA). A number of SSTA activities implemented as project-based initiatives have been initiated and continue to be pursued with the support of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Grants- in-Aid (GIA). Projects such as the Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite Program (PHL- Microsat) and its successor, the Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement Program (STAMINA4Space) have led to the development, launch, operation and utilization of the country’s own small satellites for scientific Earth observation, DIWATA-1 launched in 2016, followed by DIWATA-2 in 2018 and MAYA-1, the country’s first nanosatellite, also launched in 2018. DIWATA and MAYA provide a blueprint that enable further innovation, expansion and localization of small satellites. These achievements have enabled the Philippines to join the ranks of countries that not only own and operate satellites, but have been able to build and develop them. ...More

JOEL JOSEPH S. MARCIANO, JR., PhD

Director General

Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA)

Key Development Areas (KDAs)
National Security & Development
The Philippines will focus on space applications that can preserve and enhance the country's national security and promote development that is beneficial to all Filipinos.
Hazard Management & Climate Studies
The Philippines will develop and utilize space S&T applications to enhance its hazard management and disaster mitigation strategy as well as ensure the nation's resiliency to climate change.
Space Research & Development
To spur rapid scientific growth, the Philippines will focus on conducting research and development (R&D) endeavors in vital areas of space science, technology and allied fields.
Space Industry and Capacity Building
The Philippines will create a robust and thriving space industry to support the country's space program through private sector involvement and cooperation.
Space Education & Awareness
The Philippines aims to establish pool of trained space scientists, engineers and communicators that will be critical for the country's future space program and increasing public awareness on its value and benefits.
International Cooperation
Through international partnerships and collaborations, the Philippines will become a key player in the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) and global space community by providing significant contributions and capabilities on space S&T applications.
Building from the ground up, but not from scratch

PhilSA is building upon past and current gains in space R&D investments in the Philippines.

The PHL-Microsat program is the country’s first research and development initiative in small satellite systems for scientific Earth Observation (EO). The program successfully launched two 50kg EO microsatellites: Diwata-1 and Diwata-2; and a 1U nanosatellite, Maya-1, which carried an experimental Store-and-Forward (S&F) payload. The program also established capabilities in payload calibration and validation, ground station operation and infrastructure for EO data processing, archiving and distribution. The program was implemented by the University of the Philippines Diliman and the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) with the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research & Development (PCIEERD) and Hokkaido University and Tohoku University in Japan.

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The Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space or S4S) Program succeeds the PHL-Microsat program in further advancing knowhow and local capabilities in small satellite upstream and downstream technologies. Through increased localization of satellite mission planning, bus and payload research & development, ground operations, data processing and distribution activities, the S4S program supports endogenous capacity development that enables a local scientific-industrial base in space science, technology and applications. S4S is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and implemented by the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) and the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD).

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The PEDRO Center operates three (3) multi-mission Ground Receiving Stations in the Philippines located in Metro Manila, Davao, and Iloilo. Currently operated by the DOST-ASTI, the PEDRO Center is one of the space infrastructure components intended to be transitioned to the PhilSA in the near term. The facility serves as the gateway to satellite images and other spaceborne data from Philippine Earth Observation (EO) satellites, as well as those from foreign and commercial data providers.

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The Computing and Archiving Research Environment (COARE) houses publicly accessible high performance computing, data archiving and science cloud facilities that support high storage and compute-intensive requirements of local and international collaborative scientific research and development initiatives. The facility enables the vision of multiple data integration, fusion, visualization and analysis thatunderpins a vibrant and productive Philippine scientific enterprise.

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The DATOS Project produces outputs for data-driven decision support systems. DATOS provides Filipinos and various agencies with advanced, quick, and understandable earth observation data solutions for disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM), agriculture, environmental monitoring and maritime domain awareness, among other applications. One of its research thrusts is AI4Mapping, which applies Artificial Intelligence techniques on satellite images for automating nationwide mapping initiatives of the country.

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The Digital Imaging for Monitoring and Evaluation or Project DIME aims to promote and utilize geospatial technologies and techniques for achieving near real-time visibility into the implementation of government infrastructure projects. A partnership between the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Project DIME leverages current and emerging capabilities in the application of EO satellites, drones and other platforms to complement and enhance current tools for project monitoring, management and evaluation towards ensuring proper and efficient use of government resources. The PhilSA shall continue to promote the benefits of the program through its space data information infrastructure development initiatives.

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The SAR with AIS Project focuses on maritime and terrestrial monitoring using the country's acquired share of the NovaSAR-1 satellite. The official online portal of the project, SIYASAT, provides a secure data archive, visualization and distribution system for radar images and AIS data. The project is heavily involved with mapping activities in partnership with various government agencies.

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The National Space Development Program (NSDP) was established to help craft the policy framework for space development and utilization and the proposed national space agency. Commissioned and funded by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the DOST (PCIEERD-DOST), the program conducted studies and stakeholder meetings towards formulating a space R&D, satellite utilization, and data sharing agenda for the country.

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Highlights
08 August 2019

Republic Act No. 11363 signed into law

The enactment of Republic Act 11363 or the Philippine Space Act established the PhilSA as the central government agency addressing all national issues and activities related to space science & technology and applications.

08 January 2020

First Director General of the PhilSA appointed

Dr. Joel Joseph S. Marciano, Jr., was appointed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the first Director General (DG) of the PhilSA. Dr. Marciano is a Professor at the University of the Philippines Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute where he held the Dado and Maria Banatao Professorial Chair. Prior to the PhilSA, he was the Acting Director of the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI).

05 March 2020

Dr. Marciano sworn in as first Director General

Dr. Marciano assumed the office of the Director General of PhilSA upon completing his term at the DOST-ASTI.

March 2020

Courtesy call at the House of Representatives and the Senate

March-September 2020

Meetings held with members of Philippine Space Council (PSC), the Department of Budget Management (DBM), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Bureau of Treasury and other government agencies. Consultations on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 11363 conducted and completed.

As part of the mobilization of the Philippine Space Agency, meetings with members of the Philippine Space Council were held. Coordination and consultations with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Civil Service Commission (CSC) and other government agencies were also conducted to discuss staffing and budget matters.

July 2020

First employees hired

Executive staff personnel under the Office of the Director General were hired with approval from the Department of Budget and Management.

September 2020

PhilSA social media presence launched

02-10 October 2020

World Space Week celebrated through various online events

The PhilSA organized several webinars to mark the occassion of World Space Week 2020. Activities included a webinar co-hosted with the DFA on Space Policy and Interantional Cooperation, a media abriefing on space activities together with the S4S, opportunities for start-ups and technology enterprises in space with the DOST-PCIEERD, and participation in events hosted by the Space Generation Advisory Council.

09 October 2020

The first meeting of the Philippine Space Council held

Also created under RA 11363, the Philippine Space Council serves as the principal advisory body for the coordination and integration of policies, programs and resources affecting space S&T applications. During this meeting, immediate plans and programs presented by PhilSA were approved.

The Philippine Space Council serves as the principal advisory body for the coordination and integration of policies, programs and resources affecting space S&T applications. The PhilSA seves as the Secretariat to the PSC. During this meeting, immediate plans and programs presented by PhilSA were approved by the PSC.

November 2020

Hiring for PhilSA positions commenced

The Organizational Structure and Staffing Pattern (OSSP) outlines and defines the functional composition of the PhilSA in terms of its bureaus, divisions, and sections. With the approval of the PhilSA OSSP in October 2020 and the subsequent release of the Notice of Organization, Staffing and Compensation Action (NOSCA) by the DBM, the PhilSA started the hiring process to fill the various organizational units in the Agency.
06 November 2020

The second meeting of the Philippine Space Council held.

During the second meeting, the organizational structure and staffing pattern of PhilSA as approved by the Department of Budget and Management was likewise affirmed by the PSC. The evolution of PhilSA manpower requirements in the medium to long term were also presented and discussed.

11 January 2021

Buildup of the PhilSA continues with appointment of first Deputy Director General

Dr. Gay Jane P. Perez was appointed as the first Deputy Director General (DDG) of the PhilSA by the Office of the President. Dr. Perez is a Scientist II and Associate Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP-IESM) and also served as the Program Leader of the STAMINA4Space Program. As PhilSA DDG, Dr. Perez is handling the Space Science and Technology portfolio.

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