The official banner of the AEW 2021
Atomic Energy Week 2021 to brandish the latest in PH nuclear S&T innovations
This year’s celebration of the Atomic Energy Week (AEW) will showcase the latest developments in nuclear science and technology, particularly local researches and technologies that address the current needs in the society, especially in the new normal condition. Now on its 49th year, the AEW will be held on December 6-10 to be led by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI).
With the theme “Agham at Teknolohiyang Pangnukleyar: Tugon sa Hamon ng Panahon”, the annual event will mostly be held online for everyone’s safety as the country transitions to a more relaxed quarantine classification.
Among the most-awaited events in the annual celebration are the nuclear video-making contest, poster-making contest, technology session, virtual tours, and a youth summit. A gamified exhibit is also in the offing to give AEW guests a unique experience in engaging with nuclear scientists and their works.
Among the event’s featured personalities and guests are Filipino scientists, professionals, and policy makers who will join talks and features on the latest nuclear and radiation-related innovations as well as the growing role of nuclear science in the country’s larger development policy.
The AEW 2021 will be held in an easy-to-navigate platform that can be accessed at http://aew.pnri.dost.gov.ph on the opening day. The five-day event will be simulcast across various social media platforms to reach more attendees while ensuring everyone’s safety.
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.
Dr. Thomas Neil Pascual is DOST-PNRI’s first S&T Fellow. His engagement is expected to level up nuclear medicine in the country, particularly in diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine, and radiopharmaceutical production.
DOST-PNRI Director Dr. Carlo Arcilla (left) and Ms. Adelina Bulos (right), who manages PNRI’s radiopharmaceutical laboratories, welcome Dr. Thomas Neil Pascual, S&T Fellow III.
Dr. Thomas Neil Pascual named S&T Fellow for PH nuclear agency
Dr. Thomas Neil B. Pascual was recently appointed Science and Technology Fellow III for the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI). The DOST Science and Technology (S&T) Fellows Program aims to increase and strengthen the human resource complement of the DOST R&D Group.
As S&T Fellow, Dr. Pascual will serve as technical adviser and research coordinator, providing high level expertise and advice to researchers. He will also develop and implement projects aimed at applying quality management in nuclear medicine and diagnostic imaging practices.
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña swears in Dr Samson as PNRI Deputy Director on 19 October 2021.
Honor and excellence are the bedrock of Dr. Samson's service as a scientist and government employee..
Dr. Samson is new PNRI Deputy Director
Dr. Vallerie Ann I. Samson was appointed deputy director of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI). She took her oath of office on 19 October 2021 before DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña.
Dr. Samson holds the position of Associate Scientist from the DOST (detailed in PNRI) for almost two years prior to her promotion. From 2018-2020, Dr. Samson was a former assistant professor at the National Institute of Physics (NIP) at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She completed her BS and MS degrees in Physics from the NIP. She joined PNRI in 2002 and served as Science Research Specialist II under the Atomic Research Division. In 2008, she was awarded a MEXT scholarship by the Japanese government and in 2012, she completed her Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Tsukuba in Japan.
Members of the House Committee on Ways and Means met virtually to approve the fiscal provisions of the substitute bill for the Comprehensive Atomic Regulation Act. They are joined by PNRI Director Dr. Carlo Arcilla as well as other DOST and PNRI officials and staff.
DOST-PNRI cheers House panel approval on tax provisions of bill creating nuclear regulatory body
The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) raised its hopes anew with the recent approval of the House Committee on Ways and Means on the bill creating an independent nuclear regulatory body. Called the Comprehensive Atomic Regulation Act, the bill proposes the creation of the Philippine Atomic Regulatory Commission which will regulate all activities and facilities involving sources of ionizing radiation.
The substitute bill, which consolidates 13 supporting House bills, was approved on August 9 by the House Ways and Means Committee chaired by Albay Rep. Joey Salceda.
The Committee approved the measures that would allow the PARC, upon operation, to charge and collect reasonable fees for its regulatory functions. The PARC will also be exempted from taxes and duties when importing atomic fuel, in accordance with the National Internal Revenue Code.
Rep. Salceda expressed his full support for the passage of the measure, stating that the growing country, which is now the 13th most populous country in the world, needs to harness “the most powerful forces ever tapped into by mankind.”
He cited DOST as “very nimble in making use of atomic and nuclear research in determining everything from the purity of foods to the health risks of certain devices.”