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Duterte approves creation of the Philippine Space Agency

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By Prince Golez

A bill seeking to strengthen the country’s space program with the creation of a Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) has been signed into law.

Republic Act 11363, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 8, 2019, establishes a central government agency that will address all national issues and activities related to space technology applications.

Under the law, the PhilSA office and its research facilities will be housed in at least 30 hectares of the land under the administration of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) within the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga and Tarlac.

The agency is directed to plan, develop, and promote the national space program in line with the Philippine Space Policy, the country’s strategic roadmap for space development.

An initial funding of P1 billion will be earmarked for the implementation of the space program.

Additional funding amounting to P10 billion will come from the gross income of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. and the BCDA for five years after the effectivity of the Act.

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