PH experiences longest day of the year due to summer solstice

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 21, 2019   •   1792

The country experienced a total of 13 hours of daylight hours due to the summer solstice.

According to the Space, Science, and Astronomy Section of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Chief Dario Dela Cruz, the summer solstice is when the sun reaches the northernmost point in Earth’s sky.

“Ang summer solstice ibig sabihin kasi nito ang araw kasi ay nagmo-move ng 23.5 degrees papuntang North and then 23 degrees papuntang South, (The summer solstice is when the sun is moving 23.5 towards North and then 23 degrees towards South)” he said.

The sun had set around 6:27 p.m. Areas like Basco, Batanes and Baguio had around 13 daylight hours. Areas in Metro Manila also experienced more than 12 daylight hours.

The summer solstice also marks the end of a season. It marks the change from spring to summer season in the Northern Hemisphere and the change from summer to fall season in the Southern Hemisphere.

Meanwhile, winter solstice will be experienced around December when the country will experience the longest night.

According to PAGASA’s Space, Science, and Astronomy Section, there is no need to be alarmed because a solstice is a natural occurrence.AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

PhilSA to work on security, climate studies and space research

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019

The newly-created Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) will work on the key development areas of the Philippine Space Development and Utilization Policy which include climate studies and space research.

On Tuesday (October 22), the Philippine Navy conducted the third leg of the Philippine Navy Governance Forum (PNGF) Series 2019 in Manila which discussed “Space Technology and its Significance to National Security and Development.”

Program leader of the National Space Development Program, Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, identified the six (6) key development areas, namely: national security and development, hazard management and climate studies, space research and development, space industry capacity building, space education and awareness, and international cooperation.

Commodore Nichols A. Driz, Commander of the Naval Installation Command, said it is time for the Philippine Navy role of space study in the future naval systems.

“Space technology is a new opportunity not only for the Navy, but also for the other branches of service and the entire country itself,” he said.—AAC

House members push for a bigger budget for DOST in 2020

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 4, 2019

The first Philippine-made train developed by DOST that takes the PNR Tutuban-Alabang route. | Photo courtesy of DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute

Members of the House of Representatives are pushing for a bigger budget for the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in 2020.

The DOST’s budget proposal is P20.18 billion, which is P79.85 million lower than its 2019 allocation of P20.26 billion.

However, 2nd District Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco Jr. pushed to increase the DOST budget by at least P5 billion for all the provinces across the country.

During the budget briefing of the House Committee on Appropriations, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the efforts of the department has raised the country’s rank by 19 spots in the Global Innovation Index this year.

The DOST Secretary also added that several initiatives of the department has helped address the concerns of the Filipinos. These include the Anti-Dengue Program, the Malnutrition Reduction Program, the creation of Hybrid Electric Trainsets, and others.

Kabataan Party-list Rep. Sarah Elago also expressed hope for the DOST’s budget augmentation.

“I really lament that you have very meager budget…Science and technology should be our top priority,” Elago said.—AAC 

Filipino scientists recognized as among the top in Asia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 5, 2019

Eight Filipino scientists were recognized by Asian Scientist Magazine’s as among the top scientists in Asia for the year 2019.

  • Dr. Rosalinda C. Torres of Technology Development Institute (Chemistry)
  • Dr. Marissa A. Paglicawan of Technology Development Institute (Material Science)
  • Artemio Salazar of University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños (Agriculture)
  • Rody Sy of UP Manila (Biomedical Science)
  • Gay Jane Perez of UP Diliman (Environmental Sciences and Geology)
  • Charissa Marcaida Ferrera of UP Diliman (Life Sciences)
  • Elmer Dadios of De La Salle University’s (Engineering)
  • Ricardo Balog of University of Santo Tomas’ (Engineering)

The magazine recognizes individuals who have made a significant scientific discovery or provided leadership in academia or industry.

“Now into its fourth edition, the Asian Scientist 100: 2019 edition celebrates the success of the region’s best and brightest, highlighting their achievements across a range of scientific disciplines,” according to the magazine.—AAC

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