Two luminaries in the field of nuclear legislation were received by the PNRI for a one-week mission that seeks to assist the Institute in reviewing its draft bill governing the use and regulation of ionizing radiation.
Dr. George Philip and Dr. Carl Stoiber, who were dispatched by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), are now holding discussions with the officials of the PNRI. This series of meetings, particularly, with the Institute’s regulatory arm, comes on the heels of a seminar they conducted yesterday with other stakeholders such as the Department of Health, Department of Energy, Department of Justice, Department of Science and Technology, and legislative staff from the House of Representatives.
The proposed House Bill that is presently under review is intended to be an “Act to Regulate the Nuclear, Security and Safety Aspects in the Peaceful Utilization of Ionizing Radiation Sources through the Creation of the Philippine Nuclear Regulatory Authority”.
Though still at its earliest stages, the Bill’s approval and subsequent enactment is foreseen to contribute to the more effective regulatory control of radioactive sources and ionizing radiation sources, assuring a more adequate protection of the health and safety of the public.
The national nuclear agency, PNRI, is currently hosting the First Technical Meeting on Research Reactor Decommissioning Demonstration Project (R2D2P) from 26 to 30 June 2006 attended to, by seventeen (17) foreign delegates.
The activity, which will be locally participated in by Mr. Leonardo S. Leopando and Mr. Teofilo Leonin, Jr., is being organized under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency and aims to provide information to other countries on the various techniques used throughout the decommissioning process for research reactors.
The Philippine Research Reactor-1 (PRR-1) will be used as a demonstration facility for the series of technical meetings that will be held on this subject.
R2D2P is in response to the perceived need of an increasing number of Member States whose research reactors have remained in a "state of limbo" due to lack of a decommissioning policy, expertise or the necessary funds to effectively implement decommissioning. The whole project aims to provide a platform for practical training in activities related to safe decommissioning, including aspects ranging from the establishment of a regulatory infrastructure for the regulatory body to the final release of the facility from regulatory control.
For the first technical meeting, resource persons from Sweden, USA and the International Atomic Energy Agency will be on hand to facilitate the discussions.
PNRI Chief to Address Global Meeting of Women in Nuclear (WIN)
Dr. Alumanda M. dela Rosa, Director of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, is set to speak on June 1, 2006 before a mostly-women conference in Ontario, Canada to share the activities of the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific region, in general, on the non-power applications of nuclear technology.
Citing her recent feat as an awardee of the World Nuclear Association, Dr. dela Rosa has been invited by the organizers of the Women-In-Nuclear Global Meeting to address an estimated 300-strong audience on the topic "Beyond Energy: The Latest Nuclear Advancement in Healthcare, Agriculture, Manufacturing and Elsewhere".
The Women-In-Nuclear (WIN) is a worldwide association of women working professionally in the fields of nuclear energy and the application of radiation. The association’s principal objective is to emphasize and support the role of women in addressing the public’s concern about nuclear energy and the application of radiation and nuclear technologies.
Last September, Dr. dela Rosa was conferred the distinct honor of being one of the "Women In Nuclear" who have contributed significantly to the peaceful use of nuclear technology. The awarding ceremony was held in London, England on the occasion of the 30th Annual Symposium of the World Nuclear Association.
The US Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (USDOE/NNSA) and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) recently sponsored a training course on Open Source Search Methods for eleven Philippine participants from the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute.
The objective of the training was to familiarize participants with the use and maintenance of a range of radiation detection equipment donated as part of the project on Regional Security of Radioactive Sources. Both the training and the equipment provided will be utilized in PNRI's efforts to search and secure orphan radioactive sources.
The mix of participants from the Institute's regulatory and nuclear services and training divisions consisted of Mr. Nelson Badinas, Mr. Jose Calaycay, Ms. Estrella Caseria, Mr. Giuseppe Filam Dean, Mr. Louie del Castillo, Mr. Abelardo Inovero, Mr. Jesus Perez, Ms. Kristine Ronallosa, Mr. Demetrio Salom, and Mr. Alfonso Singayan, with Mr. Teofilo Leonin, Jr. serving as the team's supervisor.
Eleven participants from Indonesia joined the Philippine delegates in the week-long training activity, as their government was likewise a recipient of donated radiation detection equipment under the regional project.