Feb 7, 17 16:09 UTC
Philippines to start a dedicated Space Agency.....Engage..Congratulate..offer support...look to co-operate/JV? ¶
Would our leaders wish to send official congratulations and offer support?
FEB 2nd 2017 "The establishment of the Philippine Space Agency (PSA) is now slowly taking shape after Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte approved a proposal for a 10-year Space Development Program (SDP) with a funding of P24 billion." http://newsbytes.ph/2017/02/02/dost-gets-go-signal-to-allot-p24b-for-10-year-space-devt-program/
"What a lot of us Filipinos do not realize, however, is that space is an all-encompassing field that goes back to fundamental things, to the most crucial aspects of our lives.
The many uses of space go back to agriculture, disaster management, environmental management, national security, and economic development, among others."
"The cost of space
Currently, the functions of a space agency are spread throughout different government agencies.
The lack of one agency to unify space-based functions can be costly. For example, there have been instances when different government agencies would purchase satellite images of the same area. This duplication in purchases stems from the lack of coordination among agencies, leading to unnecessary expenses that do not come cheap.
According to a baseline research done by the Manila Observatory, the Philippine government spends at least P3.5 billion a year just to acquire such images and make use of other space-based capabilities from foreign providers. However, estimations on developing our own space program and agency are pegged only at P2.5 billion a year."
When opportunity knocks..open the door can we offer more than moral support? Could a symbiotic relationship be formed?
btw they alkready have 1 sattelite launched in 2016.
ADD..unofficial FB page with 4yrs history of progress