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Significant Strides in PHL Nuclear Science and Technology Showcased in Vienna

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From the Department of Foreign Affairs

29 September 2014 - "Certainly there is movement, there are significant strides being taken, there is progression towards the goal of making nuclear science and technology work for the common good."

This was highlighted by Science and Technology Undersecretary Amelia P. Guevara as she formally opened the Philippine Exhibit on September 22 at the Rotunda of the Vienna International Center on the margins of the 58th Annual Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference, which opened on the same day.

Adopting the theme, "The Philippines: Moving Forward with Nuclear Science and Technology," significant milestones the country has reached in nuclear science and technology were highlighted by Undersecretary Guevara. These include the Philippines' recognition as a Collaborating Center of the International Atomic Energy Agency in the study of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs); selection as one of three pilot countries for the IAEA Water Availability Enhancement project (IWAVE project); development of a quarantine treatment to enhance the competitiveness of the Philippine super mango in the world market; and development of plant growth promoters using radiation-processed local carrageenan.

Undersecretary Guevara noted that the Philippine exhibit was inspired by Science and Technology Secretary Mario G. Montejo, and the product of the combined passion, creativity and hard work of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute and its partners from the academe, the private sector, other government agencies, bilateral and international partners, including the IAEA.

Philippine Ambassador and Resident Representative to the IAEA Lourdes O. Yparraguirre, representatives of Permanent Missions, officials and staff of the IAEA Secretariat, and members of the nuclear scientific community participating in the General Conference, graced the opening day of the exhibit.

Light refreshments of Philippine dried mangoes, spring rolls, sapin-sapin, and drinks were served to give the exhibit a truly Filipino flavor. END

Link: http://www.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/2013-06-27-21-50-36/phl-embassies-and-consulates/4180-significant-strides-in-phl-nuclear-science-and-technology-showcased-in-vienna

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 01:27
 

Philippines Reaffirms Commitment to and Cooperation with IAEA in Vienna

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From the Department of Foreign Affairs

25 September 2014 - Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Amelia P. Guevara reaffirmed the continuing commitment and cooperation of the Philippines to the objectives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as she led the Philippine delegation to the 58th Annual Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference in Vienna on September 23.

"The Agency will continue to play a vital role in enabling developing countries to use science and technology for development, and for maintaining international peace and security. The Agency can only do this with strong partnerships with the Member States", she stated.

Undersecretary Guevara cited some of the accomplishments of the Philippines in nuclear science and technology, and drew attention to how the country applies the IAEA's "Atoms for Peace" mandate to its national development program through efforts in increasing agricultural productivity, enhancing industrial competitiveness, ensuring accessible healthcare, and providing nuclear services to ensure public safety and environmental integrity.

She expressed support to the Agency's work in strengthening the global nuclear safety regime, through the efficient and effective implementation of international legal instruments, the development of safety standards, enhancement of national safety infrastructure, coordination of international emergency preparedness and response mechanisms, and the promotion of a nuclear safety culture.

The Undersecretary pointed out that the Philippine commitment to strengthening nuclear security stems from the recognition that nuclear security, along with nuclear safety, is integral to the continued development and enjoyment of the benefits of peaceful uses of nuclear energy. In particular, she noted that a National Nuclear Security Support Centre is being established with the assistance of the IAEA in support of the National Nuclear Security Plan.

Undersecretary Guevara proposed working with the IAEA on nuclear security at a major public event to assist the government in its preparations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Heads of States Meeting in the Philippines in late 2015.

She reiterated the Philippines' commitment to realize the objectives of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, stressing that there should be equal progress in its three pillars, namely non-proliferation, disarmament and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. She further emphasized that the Philippines shares the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.

The Philippines became a Member State of the IAEA in 1958. The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology is at the center of the country's cooperation with the IAEA. The PNRI spearheads the development of nuclear technologies and formulates rules and regulations on the safety and security of atomic energy facilities and radioactive materials.

The 58th IAEA General Conference will conclude its work on September 26 with the adoption of resolutions on IAEA’s work in nuclear safety and security, technical cooperation, and safeguards in the Middle East, Iran, Syria and DPRK and other issues.  The Philippines, as Chair of the Vienna Chapter of the Group of 77 and China, leads developing countries in the negotiations of these resolutions. END

Link: http://www.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/2013-06-27-21-50-36/phl-embassies-and-consulates/4159-philippines-reaffirms-commitment-to-and-cooperation-with-iaea-in-vienna

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 01:27
 

PNRI Experts at the National Workshop on Irradiation as a Phytosanitary Treatment

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Left Photo: An expert from the United States Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA – APHIS) conducts a lecture at the InterContinental Hotel Manila

Right Photo: PNRI Irradiation Services Section Head Ms. Luvimina Lanuza (2nd row, 4th from right) with participants, USDA experts and PNRI staff at the PNRI Compound

The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute – Department of Science and Technology (PNRI-DOST) shared and demonstrated its expertise in irradiation technology and radiation processing during the National Training Workshop on Irradiation as a Phytosanitary Treatment held at the Intercontinental Hotel Manila, Makati City from September 16 to 18.

The workshop, which was organized by Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Plant Industry (DA–BPI) in collaboration with PNRI and the United States Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA – APHIS),  aimed to improve the knowledge and technical competence of local quarantine officers regarding the use of irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment against insects. These include dose mapping for determining the proper irradiation dose and exposure time of products, as well as safety and quality procedures in irradiation facilities, among others.

PNRI Section Heads Ms. Luvimina Lanuza of the Irradiation Services Section, Ms. Zenaida De Guzman of the Biomedical Research Section and Ms. Glenda Obra of the Agricultural Research Section conducted lectures at the hotel as technical experts in radiation processing and its application to food, agriculture and other plant products.

More than thirty participants from various BPI regional offices and four foreign participants from Malaysia joined the training course. Ms. Haydee Solomon (QA/QC Supervisor) and Mr. Aurelio Maningas (Senior Operator) of the PNRI Multipurpose Irradiation Facility also participated in the three–day workshop.

The training course was also conducted in anticipation of the projected entry of Philippine mango exports to the United States in the near future, as the country is well on its way to meeting the standards of the USDA in producing mangoes which are free of infestation with irradiation technology.

Part of these efforts is the submission of the quarantine treatment developed by PNRI against the local mango pulp weevil Sternochetus frigidus (Fabr.), with the proposed rule on its adoption recently published at the United States’ Federal Register. Meanwhile, the BPI will play a central role as the body tasked with issuing exports and phytosanitary certification for exporters.

The participants also visited the PNRI Compound and its radiation processing facilities – the Cobalt-60 Multipurpose Irradiation Facility which currently operates on a semi-commercial scale and the newer Electron Beam Irradiation Facility currently under construction. PNRI is also striving towards the eventual accreditation of its irradiation facilities by the USDA.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 05:04
 

PNRI Signs MOU for Non-Destructive Training Program in South Africa

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Left Photo: (From Left) ISO-Q Executive Director Mr. Jerrick Transfiguracion,  Embassy of South Africa in the Philippines Charge d’affaires Ms. Tshire Kau, PNRI Director Dr. Alumanda Dela Rosa, PNRI Atomic Research Division Chief Dr. Soledad Castañeda and PNRI Nuclear Regulatory Division Chief Mr. Teofilo Leonin, Jr.

Right Photo: PNRI Director Dela Rosa and ISO-Q Executive Director Transfiguracion signing the Memorandum of Understanding

 

The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute – Department of Science and Technology (PNRI-DOST) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the South African consultancy firm ISO-Q for collaboration in conducting Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), nuclear and radiation safety training programmes in South Africa on August 14 at the PNRI Compound.

The PNRI will be in charge of providing lecturers and experts on NDT, nuclear and radiation safety to South Africa to facilitate the training programme, as well as the development of manuals, syllabi and other training materials for the participants. The ISO-Q consultancy firm will handle the logistics, including the venue, equipment and the travel and living expenses of the PNRI lecturers.

ISO-Q has also committed to help develop the NDT program in the Philippines through donations for facility upgrades, additional equipment and human resources development.

ISO-Q is a private firm in South Africa which provides consultancy and training services in developing safety, health, environmental, risk and quality management.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 23:59
 

National Workshop on the Logical Framework Approach

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Left Photo: IAEA Training Officers Ms. Galya Dimitrova (1st Row, 5th from Left) and Mr. Francis Xavier Campbell (1st Row, 6th from right) with the workshop participants

Right Photo: The participants discuss about the process trees developed during the activity for various projects


Aiming to improve the skills of our scientists and professionals in crafting well-formulated and well-written proposals for both national and international projects, the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute – Department of Science and Technology (PNRI–DOST) in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) hosted a National Workshop on the Logical Framework Approach for TC Project Design from July 8 to 11 at the PNRI Compound in Quezon City.

Project leaders and other participants from PNRI, National Power Corporation (NPC), Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center (JRMMC), Philippine Society for Nuclear Medicine (PSNM), Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD–DOST), Bureau of Soils and Water Management–Department of Agriculture (BSWBM-DA), Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA–DOST) and the Environmental Management Bureau – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (EMB–DENR) were divided into teams as they engaged in step-by-step activities in building a solid framework as a basis for their respective projects.

Experts from the IAEA handled the four-day workshop, emphasizing the benefits of the logical framework approach as part of the agency’s quality management system, particularly as a foundation for a successful technical cooperation project.

“In order to ensure quality and meet the following criteria – relevance, ownership, sustainability, efficiency, effectiveness and safety – the methodology that will help us is the logical framework approach,” said IAEA Training Officer Galya Dimitrova.

The framework involves a thorough analysis of the various aspects of the project, from the problem and situation analyses to the project’s objectives and the issues that various stakeholders would like to be addressed.

“For example, before I can start a radiotherapy treatment in a country, I need to see what kind of existing equipment is already there, what kind of expertise do I already have, what additional expertise will I need, who do I need to train, what do I need to build, what equipment to buy, et cetera,” said IAEA Training Officer Francis Xavier Campbell during his discussion on situation analysis.

Since the Philippines became a Member State of the IAEA in 1958, the IAEA, which is the United Nations’ center for world cooperation on nuclear matters, has supported many of the projects involving the peaceful and beneficial applications of nuclear and radiation science and technology in the country through its strong partnership with PNRI, formerly the Philippine Atomic Energy Commission.

The workshop will also particularly benefit the younger participants in light of their increasing role in the institute’s technical cooperation projects with the IAEA and other functioning organizations, said PNRI Director Dr. Alumanda Dela Rosa.

“Indeed, many of our younger researchers are already becoming the project leaders themselves,” she said.

The Director added that the logical framework approach will help the institute’s project leaders in crafting proposals not only for international projects but also for local cooperation projects with other institutions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 22:53
 
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