International Atomic Energy Agency experts Mr. Albertus Hendricus Dal (1st row, extreme left), Mr. Sung Soon Jang (1st row, center and Mr. Anthony Aragon (1st row, extreme right) with PNRI Director Dr. Alumanda Dela Rosa (1st row, 2nd from left), Nuclear Safeguards and Security Section Head Ms. Julietta Seguis (1st row, 2nd from right) and the participants of the national workshop from various agencies.
Highlighting the continued cooperation between government agencies in the field of nuclear securit, the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) hosted the National Workshop on Threat Assessment and Design Basis Threat from April 21-24 at the PNRI Compound in Diliman, Quezon City. The workshop was conducted in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
This workshop was held under the Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plan (INSSP), of which the Philippines is an active partner in its implementation.
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.
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.
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.