Proclamation No. 302 Issued on July 25 Coincides with the Enactment of the Philippine Space Act
In a move to foster space awareness among Filipinos, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has heeded the recommendation of the Philippine Space Council and officially declared August 8 to 14 of every year as “Philippine Space Week.”
This proclamation, known as Proclamation No. 302, aims to highlight the significant influence of space science and technology applications on the socioeconomic development of the country.
A Momentous Step for the Philippines
Proclamation No. 302, which was issued on July 25 and signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, carries profound significance as it aligns with the commemoration of the enactment of the Philippine Space Act on August 8, 2019.
This act has paved the way for the country’s venture into space exploration and research, making the declaration of “Philippine Space Week” all the more momentous.
The Purpose of the Event
The core purpose of this declaration, as outlined in the proclamation, is to emphasize the substantial influence of space science and technology applications on the socio-economic development of the Philippines.
By dedicating a week to this cause, the government aims to raise space awareness among the Filipino populace, celebrate the noteworthy contributions of Filipinos globally in the field of space science, and advocate the value, benefits, and impacts of space science and technology on the lives of its citizens.
Directives for Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) and Beyond
With the official declaration in place, President Marcos Jr. has issued a directive to the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) to spearhead the promotion and observance of the Philippine Space Week.
PhilSA will play a pivotal role in organizing programs, projects, and activities to be held annually during this designated week.
A Call for Active Participation
In an effort to ensure the resounding success of the event, the President has fervently called upon all government agencies, including government-owned or -controlled corporations, state universities and colleges, local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations, and private sectors to actively participate in this nationwide event.
By joining forces and collaborating seamlessly, these diverse entities can collectively contribute to advancing space awareness and harnessing the boundless potential of space science and technology for the betterment of Filipino society.
As the Philippines eagerly looks forward to its inaugural “Philippine Space Week” this August, there is a palpable sense of growing excitement and eager anticipation for the numerous opportunities it may unlock for the nation’s burgeoning space industry, education, and research sectors.
With unwavering government support and the enthusiastic involvement of various stakeholders, this dedicated week unequivocally promises to be a transformative stepping stone toward a brighter and more ambitious future for the Philippines.