DOST backs revisit of nuclear energy policy to address rising power cost
At the heels of President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of Executive Order 116, the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) throws support for the renewed efforts to engage in a nuclear power program as it also pushes for an independent regulatory body through a pending bill in Congress.
DOST-PNRI, the country’s lead agency in atomic research and development, underscores that adding nuclear to the current energy mix will pave the way for more efficient and less costly power cost.
The Institute is a member of the Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee (NEPIAC) created by EO 116. NEPIAC, tasked mainly to study the adoption of a national position on nuclear power, is chaired by the Department of Energy (DOE) with the DOST as vice chair.
DOST-PNRI issues guidelines for services during GCQ
The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) recently issued new guidelines for its services during the effectivity of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) which will incorporate safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All customers are required to request an appointment via the PNRI Services Portal, as only those with confirmed appointments will be allowed to enter and transact at PNRI. The portal can be accessed through this link: https://services.pnri.dost.gov.ph/.
Online application and appointment requests will start on June 1, 2020. Transactions shall be made at the interim PNRI One Stop Shop (iPOSSH) located near the PNRI Back Gate entrance along Central Avenue, Quezon City, to be opened for receiving/releasing on June 8, 2020. The iPOSSH will be open from 9AM to 4PM with different schedules for PNRI’s various services.
PNRI now implements the No Mask, No Entry policy within its premises. Customers are also required to present their valid ID and their confirmed appointment before being allowed to enter. All samples, equipment and documents must be contained in a plastic bag for disinfection procedures.
For more details, you may view the copy of the guidelines here.
PNRI scientists win awards at 2020 NRCP scientific confab
Scientists and researchers from the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) recently bagged several awards at the Annual Scientific Conference and 87th General Membership Assembly of the National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP).
Dr. Lucille Abad and Dr. Custer Deocaris of the DOST-PNRI Atomic Research Division were among the ten awardees for Outstanding Filipino Researchers under the NRCP Achievement Awards.
Awardees in this category were recognized for their significant contributions to their respective fields and research advancements that benefited the different sectors of economy.
Using a microscope, PNRI researchers analyze blood samples for the presence of dicentric chromosomes (right) which are telltale signs of radiation exposure
Researchers analyze chromosomes for radiation safety and nuclear emergencies
To ensure the safety of occupationally exposed workers, as well as potential victims in the event of a nuclear or radiological emergency, researchers from the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) continue to study blood samples for any signs of radiation exposure beyond the allowable regulatory limits.
Monitoring radiation exposure becomes even more important considering the increasing variety of nuclear and radiation-related technologies in factories and firms. In the Philippines, most workers who are regularly exposed to radiation are from the industrial and medical sectors.
In addition to the local users of radioactive materials, a growing number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) trained in non-destructive testing also use radiation in aircraft maintenance and other industries – and safety requirements for their continued employment abroad includes an assessment of their radiation exposure.
To help our “bagong bayani” monitor their radiation doses, PNRI researchers use cytogenetic biodosimetry to analyze the chromosomes in their white blood cells to see if there are any aberrations that would serve as signs of radiation damage.