DOST’s nuclear agency opens doors for Atomic Energy Week 2023
The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) goes all out as it opens its doors to partners and guests for the celebration of the Atomic Energy Week (AEW) 2023 on December 4-7 at the PNRI grounds in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.
With the theme “Gearing up the next generation towards a Nuclear Philippines”, the 51st AEW celebration is made more exciting by the holding of the first ever Philippine Nuclear Science Olympiad. The tilt, open to junior and senior high school students across the country, offers cash prizes, meals, and certificates to the top five awardees. Moreover, the top placer will represent the country in the first ever International Nuclear Olympiad to be held in August next year.
The AEW 2023 is PNRI’s first face-to-face celebration of the event after the pandemic. As of this writing, several schools and other interested guests have already enlisted for participation in the various activities such as technical session, guided tours, exhibits, and a gender and development forum. The Olympiad too has already listed about 200 participants from all over the Philippines.
The annual AEW celebration is one of PNRI’s platforms in communicating to the public on the latest nuclear and radiation-related innovations. It is also a venue for scientists, industry professionals, educators, students, and the general public to get together to understand and appreciate the contribution of nuclear science in various fields and nuclear S&T’s growing role in the country’s larger development policy.
Updates on the AEW 2023 can be accessed at http://aew.pnri.dost.gov.ph. Further, the opening program and some of its activities will be simulcast across various PNRI’s social media platforms to reach audiences that are not able to participate in person.
The annual AEW celebration, as mandated under Presidential Proclamation No. 1211 in 1973, aims to generate awareness of the Filipino people on the beneficial uses of nuclear science and technology.
IAEA and DOST-PNRI officials during their visit with Secretary Raphael Lotilla of the Department of Energy (Top Photo), with DOH Secretary Dr. Teodoro Herbosa (Bottom Left Photo) and newly-appointed Department of Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr (Bottom Right Photo)
IAEA DDG Liu and Director Abaya meeting with DepEd Undersecretary Gina Gonong (left photo) and DA Assistant Secretary Paz Benavidez II (right photo)
Top int’l atomic energy officials check out nuclear S&T developments in PH
In a bid to keep up with the country’s recent strides in nuclear science and technology, officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited the Philippines early November this year to take part in important events and meet with leaders.
Dr. Hua Liu, IAEA deputy director general, and Dr. Jane Gerardo- Abaya, director of the Division for Asia and the Pacific under the IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation, witnessed several major developments in nuclear science, technology and innovation in their recent visit to the country.
IAEA Deputy Director General Hua Liu (5th from left), Dr. Jane Gerardo- Abaya, Director of the Division for Asia and the Pacific, IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation (6th from right), House Special Committee on Nuclear Energy Chairperson Congressman Mark Cojuangco (4th from left), DOST-PNRI Director Dr. Carlo Arcilla (5th from right), with other PNRI officials during the inauguration of the PHILGamma facility
PHILGamma, the Multipurpose Gamma Irradiation Facility of DOST-PNRI, is now fully-automated and ready to process higher volumes of products for various sectors
PHILGamma: Multipurpose irradiator upgrades to a fully-automated commercial facility
Coming as a much-needed boon that will mean higher income for industry partners, the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) has finally completed the upgrading of its Multipurpose Gamma Irradiation Facility (MIF) to a fully-automated commercial irradiator.
Renamed as “PHILGamma”, the facility was inaugurated in a brief ceremony on November 6. And just in time as the Philippines’ economy is hard pressed to bounce back, the upgraded facility is set to meet the increased demand for radiation processing to match the clients’ production and increase their income.
DOST calls on HS studes to vie for the first nat’l Nuclear Science Olympiad
The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is calling Filipino Junior and Senior High School students, or those in Grades 9 to 12, from public or private secondary schools in the Philippines, to join the First Philippine Nuclear Science Olympiad (1st PNSO) to be held this December.
To qualify, participating students must not be more than18 years old and must not be in enrolled or admitted in a university/college by 7 August 2024. This is because the winners in the PNSO will vie in the First International Nuclear Science Olympiad (1st INSO) to be held in the country on 31 July to 07 August 2024. Like the PNSO, the INSO is open only to high school students.