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Follow-Up Training Course on Reactor Engineering

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Top Photo: PNRI Nuclear Training Center Officer-in-Charge Mr. Roel Loteriña (1st row, 8th from left), PNRI FTC Course Coordinator Mr. Carl Nohay (1st row, 4th from right) and Dr. Nobuyoshi Arai of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (1st row, 8th from right) join the participants and lecturers of the training course

Bottom Photos: Participants visit the control room (left) and reactor pool (right) of the Philippine Research Reactor-1 (PRR-1) at PNRI


The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) in cooperation with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) conducted the Follow-up Training Course on Reactor Engineering from March 2 to 13 at the PNRI Nuclear Training Center.

Fifteen participants from the National Power Corporation, Philippine Normal University, Surigao Del Sur State University and Bagong Silangan High School joined the two-week training course which covered the basics of nuclear reactor physics and reactor operation among others. Researchers from PNRI also participated in the course.

Three experts from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Dr. Nobuyoshi Arai, Dr. Masanori Kaminaga and Dr. Keisuke Okumura, supervised the training course. The lecturers were Dr. Joseph Auresenia, Chemical Engineering Department Chairman of De La Salle University) and ten PNRI staff: Mr. Carl Nohay, Mr. Nelson Badinas, Ms. Kristine Marie Romallosa, Mr. Alfonso Singayan, Mr. Giuseppe Filam Dean, Ms. Alvie Asuncion, Mr. Joseph Tugo, Ms. Cheri Anne Dingle, Mr. Adrian Cruz and Ms. Marianna Lourdes Marie Grande.

Lectures and exercises focused on the basics of radiation physics, nuclear energy production, radiation detection, and the neutron life cycle in a reactor. The participants were familiarized with existing reactor technologies and nuclear reactor calculations and were also taught the basics of thermal hydraulics and reactor safety. Experts also facilitated several experiments on radiation measurement and survey, reactor operation simulation and neutron moderation.

The Japanese experts also conducted special lectures for the FTC lecturers and selected participants, focusing on advanced concepts on reactor physics and nuclear engineering, reactor calculations and thermal hydraulics in reactors during various conditions.

Participants were also given a guided tour of various nuclear facilities in the Philippines, particularly the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant and the Philippine Research Reactor-1 at PNRI. They also visited other facilities of PNRI such as the Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory, the Cobalt-60 Multipurpose Irradiation Facility and the recently inaugurated Electron Beam Facility.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 21:14

Follow-Up Training Course on Environmental Radioactivity Monitoring

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Top Photo: Experts from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Mr. Shinichiro Torata and Dr. Osamu Amano (1st row, 7th from left and right, respectively) with PNRI Director Dr. Alumanda Dela Rosa (1st row, center) join the participants and lecturers of the training course

Left Photo: Participants training in the use of survey meters for monitoring radiation levels at the PNRI Compound

Right Photo: Dr. Amano orients the participants in the proper collection of soil samples for analysis


The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) in cooperation with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) conducted the Follow-up Training Course on Environmental Radioactivity Monitoring from February 23-27 at the PNRI compound.

The week-long training course imparts the basic principles of radiation monitoring as well as practical skills in performing sampling procedures, laboratory processing, demonstration of various analytical equipment and radioactivity measurement in the environment.

Among the participants are twenty-six (26) representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA), the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and PNRI researchers.

The training course was supervised by experts from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Mr. Shinichiro Torata and Dr. Osamu Amano, and nine (9) PNRI lecturers, Dr. Soledad Castañeda, Mr. Teofilo Garcia, Ms. Adelina Bulos, Ms. Rosario Encabo, Ms. Veriza Rita Cruz, Mr. Charles Darwin Racadio, Mr. Alfonso Singayan, Ms. Lynette Cayabo and Ms. Jennyvi Ramirez.

The Japanese experts also shared their knowledge and experience in environmental radioactivity monitoring, especially in light of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident in 2011, as well as on special topics such as the migration of radionuclides in the environment and radioactive waste management.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 01:32

Follow-Up Training Course on Nuclear Emergency Preparedness and Response

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Top Photo: Experts from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Mr. Nobuyuki Masaki (1st row, 2nd from left) and Mr. Seiichi Kanaizuka (1st row, 2nd from right) with Ms. Mary Rose Mundo (Course Coordinator) and Mr. Joseph Tugo (Assistant Coordinator) of the PNRI Radiological Impact Assessment Section join the participants clad in their personal protective equipment (PPE)

Left Photo: Participants, wearing their PPE, rescue a victim in an integrated radiological emergency field exercise involving radiological dispersal devices (RDDs)

Right Photo: The participants scan the area for radioactive contamination using a survey meter


The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) in cooperation with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) conducted the Follow-up Training Course on Nuclear/Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response from February 9-13 at the PNRI Compound.

The five-day national workshop provided participants with the basic understanding of the principles of radiation protection, enhanced the emergency response capabilities of the various member agencies of the National Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (RADPLAN) and provided practical guidance on communication principles during nuclear and radiological emergencies.

The workshop was attended by twenty-five (25) representatives of RADPLAN agencies and PNRI staff, including the, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (QCDRRMO), Philippine National Police – Quezon City Police District (PNP-QCPD), Health Emergency Management Bureau (HEMB-DOH), Bureau of Fire Protection – Quezon City (BFP-QC-DILG), Philippine Army Explosives and Ordnance Disposal Battalion (AFP-EOD) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

The workshop was supervised by two (2) JAEA experts, Mr. Nobuyuki Masaki and Mr. Seiichi Kanaizuka, who also served as consultants and eight (8) PNRI staff, Ms. Mary Rose Mundo (Workshop Coordinator), Ms. Haydee Solomon, Mr. Joseph Tugo, Mr. Frank Pares, Mr. Teofilo Leonin, Ms. Cecile De Vera, Mr. Carl Nohay, Ms. Teresa Salabit and Dr. Emma Cansino, who served as lecturers and evaluators.

The workshop consisted of lectures and practical exercises/drills on radiation safety, protection and survey, decontamination techniques, and environmental monitoring during nuclear and radiological emergencies.

The highlight of the workshop was the integrated radiological field exercise which provided the participants with practical learning on the concept of operations during response to a radiological emergency and the roles & responsibilities of RADPLAN agencies in a simulated field exercise involving a radiological dispersal device (RDD).

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 20:33

PNRI Certified Under ISO 9001:2008

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PNRI Director Dr. Alumanda Dela Rosa (5th from left) and CIP Managing Director Mr. Renato Navarrete (4th from right) joined by OIC, Office of the Deputy Director and Nuclear Services Division Chief Dr. Christina Petrache (extreme right), Quality Management Representative and Nuclear Regulatory Division Chief Mr. Teofilo Leonin (3rd from right), Atomic Research Division Chief Dr. Soledad Castañeda (3rd from left), Finance and Administrative Division Chief Dr. Graceta Cuevas (4th from left), Chemistry Research Section Head Dr. Lucille Abad (extreme left), Document Custodian, OIC, Technology Diffusion Division and Management Information System Section Head Ms. Ana Elena Conjares (2nd from left), and PNRI Quality Management System Committee Chariman Mr. Alan Borras (2nd from right)


The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute is now certified under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 standard for quality management systems, getting the Institute one step closer to its vision as an institution of excellence in nuclear science and technology, propelled by a dynamic and committed workforce in the mainstream of national development.

Certification International Philippines (CIP) Managing Director, Renato Navarrete, graced the formal ceremonies held on February 9 to personally award the ISO certification to PNRI.

“This certification indeed adds another feather in your cap, which has grown very big over the many years of accomplishments and successes here at your Institute,” he said.

During the formal ceremonies, PNRI Director Dr. Alumanda Dela Rosa thanked and congratulated all the employees and staff of PNRI for their indispensable efforts in achieving the certification.

“This is just the beginning, and I suppose this is not the hardest part. The hardest part is to fulfill our commitment and to sustain our certification, and this again requires the hardwork and cooperation of everyone of us,” exhorted the Director.

Quality management systems are implemented to be able to more efficiently achieve the organization’s various objectives and, moreover, to continuously improve service to customers, particularly through a process-based approach both in the performance and assessment of the work being done in the organization. These procedures are regularly audited to ensure that the various sections and units are meeting their respective quality objectives.

The certification was issued and took effect on December 4, 2014. This is an expansion from the certification of PNRI’s Nuclear Regulatory QMS since November 2008.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 02:28

Seminar-Workshop on Nuclear Science and Technology for Secondary Schools

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Top Photo: Students and Teachers from San Francisco High School and Quezon City Science High School pose with the lecturers and PNRI officials.

Bottom Photo: (From Left to Right) The seminar-workshop’s experts, Ms. Valerie Segovia from the Nuclear Power Institute, Dr. Iimoto Takeshi from the University of Tokyo and Mr. Itaru Takahashi of the Japan Atomic Energy Relations Organization


Bringing nuclear science and technology to Filipino students and teachers, the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (PNRI-DOST) in cooperation with the Quezon City Division of City Schools of the Department of Education (DepEd) held the Seminar-Workshop on Nuclear Science and Technology for Secondary Schools from January 22-24 at the Quezon City Science Interactive Center.

The seminar-workshop serves as the first wave of an outreach program on nuclear science and technology for secondary schools implemented in the Philippines under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Project RAS/0/065 on Supporting Sustainability and Networking of National Nuclear Institutions in Asia and the Pacific Region.

Ten (10) science teachers and 175 Grade 9 and Fourth Year high school students from Quezon City Science High School and San Francisco High School (the 2 pilot schools) were selected to participate in the seminar-workshop, where experts from the IAEA conducted lectures and hands-on experiments on the basics of nuclear science and its applications, particularly on radiation.

The students as well as the science teachers had the opportunity to monitor radiation in the environment through portable “Hakaru-kunMr. Gamma Radiation Monitors, while they also had the chance to “see” radiation through alpha tracks made in cloud chamber experiments using dry ice.

The lecturers from the IAEA also helped inspire more students to eventually engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers after graduating from high school to address the declining interest among students in these courses.

A seminar for the DepEd officials, science supervisors and science teachers was also held to discuss about the various approaches they use on presenting science and technology in the classroom, as well as on creating and sustaining their interest in these fields through various activities.

Beyond pen-and-paper worksheets and other academic exercises, the seminar-workshop also encouraged the students to showcase their talents to help in the promotion of science and technology, particularly nuclear S&T. The participants were divided into teams as they competed for the best presentations on what they learned during the lectures, which ranged from rhetorical speeches and poems to song compositions and dance numbers.

On the last day, 50 female students who were selected as members of the newly-formed Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science Engineering and Technology (POWER SET) under the outreach program facilitated a science-themed sportsfest dubbed “Scilympics”, where teams composed of students from both schools competed in challenges that require the application of basic scientific principles.

During his visit to the Philippines the following week, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano praised the enthusiasm and promising potential that the schools have shown in participating in the project.

“I congratulate you for your interest in science and technology, and particularly in nuclear science and technology, and I wish you all the success,” he said to the pilot schools on January 27.

“The future of your country will be based on science and technology, and the young generation is the hope for the future. I think your country is heading towards a very good direction.”

The Philippines was chosen as a pilot country for the project along with Indonesia, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates in addressing what the IAEA recognizes as a very vital area in reaching out and developing the youth’s interest in nuclear science and technology by adopting the best practices in science education for secondary schools in the region. The IAEA also developed a compendium of resources and activities for use by high school teachers and students, which will be tailored to the flow of DepEd’s K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum.

The seminar-workshop is the first out of three planned throughout 2015 under the outreach program.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 21:42
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