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Jan 5, 2017
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So apparently, the government is lobbying for the institution of a national space agency that will oversee programs related to the science of satellite systems and disaster planning.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Peña told the Inquirer, "When you deal with this space technology...it is not only DOST. There's the agriculture angle, resources angle, settlements and human resource angles. So it will require some kind of a national agency."

He underscored the establishment of an agency focusing on space technology as another way to keep up with countries that have already ventured in the industry.

Senator Loren Legarda, who filed Senate Bill No. 1259 or the Philippine Space Act last December, backed the idea in a recent press statement.

"Space programs and development address basic needs in our daily lives such as the application of global navigation satellite systems which directly affects industries, transportation management, national security, health management, climate studies and disaster risk management, and the expansion of scientific engineering resources."

Basically, the Philippine Space Agency will not just simply "send astronauts to space," but rather will deal with preventing calamities and exploring breakthroughs, like the locally built microsatellite Diwata-1. Although we would be lying if we tell you that those were the first things to pop into our heads when we heard the news...

FHM imagines the local space agency being run by these guys:


1) Shaider

No person—or any hostile alien lifeform—would dare infiltrate the space bureau with the Space Sheriff in town, or risk being sucked into the Time Space Warp or being run over by Vavilos. If that ain't enough, his multi-colored pulis pangkalawakan counterparts might have something to say...


2) Zaido

(First and foremost, rest in peace, Marky Cielo aka Green Zaido.) We're wondering how the blue hero would feel about working with a clone and his color-coded comrades. Either way, it wouldn't just be the Philippines that would be defended in the event of an extraterrestrial attack.


3) Annie

What a Shaider appearance be without Annie and her iconic, um, upskirt? The organization sure could use a strong female figure. The Space Sheriff may be more effective with a warrior girlfriend by his side, but no way that he can lead a major space organization better than...


4) This guy

President Rodrigo Duterte has been criticized for his head-scratching celebrity appointees. Intergalactic Ambassador Allan Carreon will give the prez a chance to redeem himself with this selection. What more could you ask for a man with his credentials?

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Long live, Allan Carreon! 

 

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