(Clockwise from upper left) Micah Pacheco, DepEd NCR Regional Science Supervisor and one of the expert panelists, and webinar organizers Regaele Olarte, SDO Muntinlupa Science Supervisor,; Joseph Gutierrez, DepEd Bureau of Curriculum Development Senior Education Specialist; and Michael Casas, PSHS Special Science Teacher. Olarte, Gutierrez and Casas are all alumni of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Regional Training Course for Teachers to Introduce Nuclear Sciences in Secondary Schools through Innovative Approaches.
DOST-PNRI webinar builds teachers’ skills in educating students on nuclear benefits
How do you make a minute speck such as an atom relevant to children today? And how about making the atom’s nucleus vivid and concrete to today’s visual generation?
“If the nucleus were the size of a coin, then the atom would be bigger than a football stadium,” Michael Casas, Chemistry and Research teacher, described the atom to some 108 webinar participants. Teaching at the Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus, Casas has mastered the art of using analogy to explain scientific concepts to his students.
“Yet the smallest part of a matter is actually mostly empty, as what Ernest Rutherford in 1908 found out, but with a hard center,” Casas went on to explain more about the structure of an atom as participants noted his every point.
The webinar participants were even more amazed on learning about radiation, particularly its sources and uses, which were discussed by Ma. Regaele Olarte, education program supervisor at the Department of Education (DepEd) in Muntinlupa. She also taught participants on how to protect themselves from radiation, such as limiting the time of exposure, going away from the source of radiation, and using shield.
Webinar on nuclear S&T
All these learnings came during the Covid-19 pandemic where participants and expert resource persons went beyond community quarantines and time zones in a virtual convergence that focused on the basics of nuclear science and technology. The webinar, titled “Introductory Course on Nuclear Science and Technology Education for Teachers” held on April 29 aimed to equip teachers with basic knowledge and skills that will help them teach nuclear science and technology more effectively to students.
The 108 participants were composed of elementary and secondary teachers, education program supervisors, and science coordinators from various schools in the National Capitol Region. Participants joined the webinar despite the technical-sounding topic, short notice, and the inconveniences caused by the community quarantine in the region.
Amidst the general community quarantine, the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) library moved its services online to give its clients opportunity to carry on with their research activities.
If materials are available, DOST-PNRI librarians will email digital copies of said materials and further instructions on how users can access them.
Clients may request full access to specific contents on any of these websites by sending email to the library with the needed details. For other research-related requests and questions, clients may also call the library at (02)8929-6010 local 239.
RPSS Operational Guidelines for Customers
To all customers of PNRI's radiation protection services, please be advised of the new guidelines in light of the effectivity of the General Community Quarantine in Metro Manila starting June 1, 2020.
For more details, you may view the guidelines through this link: https://bit.ly/2zJ4wPl
DOST-PNRI issues guidelines for nuclear licensees, applicants during ECQ
The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) recently issued new guidelines for its licensees and license applicants for nuclear/radioactive materials and facilities. The guidelines, which also include relief from regulatory requirements, were crafted for the temporary change brought about by the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila to the Institute’s regulatory services.
PNRI Information Notice 2020-02, S. 2020 covers adjustments to several regulatory processes due to the limited movement and physical access as part of preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Adjustments in processes include applications for new license, license renewal or amendment; and certificates of exemption, non-radioactive material, and release and permit to transport. Also included are new guidelines in the request for relief from regulatory requirements.
Notable among the guidelines is the shift to online processing of applications. Also detailed in the guidelines are the schedules for receiving applications; required documents; procedures for claiming licenses, certificates and permits; and resumption of other processes once the ECQ has been lifted and government office work resumes.
In consideration of the constraints caused by the ECQ, PNRI will also allow licensees and authorization holders to be relieved from certain regulatory requirements upon request.
As mandated by Republic Acts 2067 and 5207, as well as Executive Order 128, PNRI serves as the national regulatory body for nuclear and radioactive materials and facilities.
The PNRI Information Notice 2020-02, S. 2020 is accessible here.