PNRI Director Dr. Carlo A. Arcilla (2nd from right), PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Teresito C. Bacolcol (2nd from left), PNRI Atomic Research Division Chief Dr. Lucille V. Abad (extreme right), and PHIVOLCS Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division (VMEPD) Chief Ma. Antonia V. Bornas (extreme left) during the signing of the MOU between PNRI and PHIVOLCS (Photos from PNRI Nuclear Materials Research Section)
PNRI and PHIVOLCS sign MOU on nuclear S&T in volcanology and seismology
Bringing nuclear science and technology to bear in the field of volcanology and seismology, the DOST - Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for research collaboration with the DOST-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) on January 25, 2023.
PNRI and PHIVOLCS will work together on several projects covering fields such as geochemistry, volcanism, geothermal and volcano-hydrothermal studies, and active fault mapping and monitoring.
In particular, the collaboration aims to maximize PNRI's expertise in isotope-based analytical techniques, x-ray fluorescence spectrometry, radiocarbon dating and other nuclear-related methods.
These joint efforts will contribute to PHIVOLCS’ efforts towards disaster mitigation on volcanic eruptions, earthquakeS and related calamities, while also providing valuable data for PNRI’s studies on environmental and natural resources management.
PNRI Director Dr. Carlo A. Arcilla and PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Teresito C. Bacolcol signed the MOU, with PNRI Deputy Director Dr. Vallerie Ann I. Samson, PNRI Atomic Research Division Chief Dr. Lucille V. Abad, and PHIVOLCS Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division (VMEPD) Chief Ma. Antonia V. Bornas as witnesses.
The MOU ceremony concluded with a tour inside the Geochemical Laboratory of VMEPD.
PNRI and PHIVOLCS are one of the many daughter agencies under the umbrella of the Department of Science and Technology.
PNRI serves as one of DOST's Research and Development Institutes specializing in the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, while also serving as the national regulatory body for nuclear and radioactive materials and related activities.
Meanwhile, PHIVOLCS is one of DOST's S&T Service Institutes, principally mandated to mitigate disasters that may arise from volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunami and other related geotectonic phenomena.
(with Andrei Joshua R. Yu | PNRI-Nuclear Materials Research Section)
After the MOU ceremony, the delegation went on a tour of the facilities inside the Geochemical Laboratory of the PHIVOLCS Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division (VMEPD) (Photo from PNRI Nuclear Materials Research Section)
R&D confab highlights latest innovations in nuclear S&T
The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute invites researchers, the academe, students, and interested individuals to the opening of the biennial Philippine Nuclear Research and Development Conference on Dec. 6. To be held virtually on Dec 6 and 8, the PNRDC now accepts registration of attendees at bit.ly/PNRDCregister.
Speakers on the opening day include Dr. Chung Keng Yeow of the Singapore Nuclear Research and Safety Initiative of the National University of Singapore who will speak on “Innovative Nuclear Technologies: Small Modular Reactors” and Dr. Roberto Bedogni of the Frascati National Laboratories of the Instituto Nazioanale Fisica Nucleare in Italy who will present “Radiation Resistant Neutron and Photon Detectors.”
On the second day, Dec. 8, speakers will be Dr. Sobhana Sivasankar of the Plant Breeding and Genetics Section of the Joint FAO/IAEA Center of Nuclear Technologies for Food and Agriculture at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Austria who will talk about “Plant Breeding Mutation” and Prof. Satoshi Minoshima of the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences of the University of Utah in the USA who will discuss “Molecular Imaging Biomarkers for Dementia Diagnosis.”
The PNRDC will feature papers and posters highlighting nuclear radiation and technology applications in health and environment; radiation protection, nuclear safety, security, and safeguards; nuclear and radiation technology applications in industry and agriculture; and nuclear engineering, technology, and policies.
The PNRDC, held every other year, started in 2018 as a venue to showcase the latest research, development, and innovations in nuclear science and technology in the Philippines and beyond. This year’s abstract presentations will be included in the second special issue on nuclear S&T of the Philippine Journal of Science. Leading the PNRDC this year are Dr. Alvie Astronomo, Dr. Jordan Madrid, and Dr. Justine Perry Domingo. #PNRDC2022 #nuclearPH #dostPNRI (Nuclear Information and Documentation Section, PNRI)
PNRI Director Dr. Carlo Arcilla (middle) is joined by DOST officials as he receives the certificate of recognition on behalf of PNRI for once again having the highest number of international publications among DOST agencies at the 2022 DOST Intellectual Property Awards on November 23 as part of this year’s National Science and Technology Week celebration at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.
At the 2022 NSTW Health Cluster, PNRI researchers explain and demonstrate the various medical applications of nuclear and radiation technologies to visitors from various sectors.
PNRI Features Medical Tech at 2022 NSTW
Coming back strong and timely in the face of continued challenges to the health and well-being of Filipinos, the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) joined its fellow agencies in the celebration of the 2022 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) at the World Trade Center from November 23-27, featuring the latest nuclear and radiation applications in the field of health and medicine.
Among these technologies showcased under the Health Cluster exhibits are the Technetium-99m generator for accurate imaging crucial in diagnosing various diseases, radiation-processed hemostats to reduce or stop the bleeding in medical and emergency settings, and carboxymethyl hyaluronic acid-based hydrogels with potential use in the production of cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other medicines.
Apart from presenting these latest advances to members of the media during the press conference, PNRI Director Dr. Carlo Arcilla also had the honor of receiving the award on behalf of the Institute, which for the fifth straight year has once again garnered the highest number of awardees at the 2022 DOST International Publication Awards on November 23. With 63 publications in internationally-recognized journals, PNRI’s prolific scientists and researchers were recognized for their respective authorships during the event.
PNRI experts also hosted an online forum entitled Safe Ba Tayo?: Effective Radiation Protection and Radioactive Waste Management on November 25 on Zoom and Facebook Live.
Celebrated every fourth week of November since 2020, the 2022 NSTW is the first such celebration since the COVID-19 pandemic that the event was held in a physical setting opened to the general public.
With the theme Agham at Teknolohiya: Kabalikat sa Maunlad at Matatag na Kinabukasan, this year’s celebration looks forward to the solutions brought by innovative technologies, products and services while also being inclusive to the pressing needs of various sectors and stakeholders, working hand-in-hand for national development through science and technology.
Atomic Energy Week opens Dec 5
The Atomic Energy Week (AEW) which highlights nuclear science and technology innovations and initiatives over the decades will open on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. This year marks the 50th AEW celebration, a testament to the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute’s (DOST-PNRI) commitment in sharing to the public the gains and developments in the country’s nuclear S&T sector.
The line-up of speakers in the opening ceremony includes DOST Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr, Ambassador of Denmark to the Philippines and Palau H.E. Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin, Department of Energy Secretary Raphael P.M. Lotilla, DOST Undersecretary for R&D Leah J. Buendia, and Senator Robinhood C. Padilla.
The event will run December 5-9 with the theme “Agham at Teknolohiyang Pang-Nukleyar: Kabalikat sa Maunlad at Matatag na Kinabukasan.”
Among the opening day events are a flag-raising ceremony, wreath-laying at the monument of Dr. Gen. Florencio A. Medina, thanksgiving mass, opening program, launch of technical exhibits, and press conference.
Dr. Medina, known as the Philippine Father of Atomic Energy, is the first commissioner of the then Philippine Atomic Energy Commission, forerunner of today's PNRI.
Day 2 (Dec. 6) will open the Philippine Nuclear Research and Development Conference (PNRDC) on hybrid mode which will feature local and international research on nuclear S&T and related fields. These include nuclear radiation and technology applications in health and environment; radiation protection, nuclear safety, security, and safeguards; nuclear and radiation technology applications in industry and agriculture; and nuclear engineering, technology, and policies. PNRDC will run on Dec. 6 and 8.
Day 3 (Dec. 7) will feature the AEW Special Events, such as Mobile Photography,
Poster Making, and NucleART 4.0 contests participated in by students in both high school and college levels.
The Closing Ceremonies on Dec. 9 will be the awarding of all AEW contests winners, PNRDC awards, AEW special awards, and the PNRI awards for academic achievement, loyalty/service, and PRAISE.
Running throughout the five-day event are the guided tours to the technical exhibits. The tours are pre-registered as drop-in guests are still not allowed for safety reasons. The technical exhibits, meanwhile, are designed to give guests a view of PNRI projects and programs. With titles such as “Let’s Play! Rock and Role,” “Basura Yarn? The Hows of Radioactive Waste Management,” “Safe Ka Ba? I-CPR Kita,” “Sa Pagkain, Sa Pag-inom, Sa Paghinga, May Quality”, and others, the exhibits intend to show the relevance of nuclear S&T to the lives of the Filipinos.