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PBBM intends to mobilize satellite data to enhance government services.

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According to Malacanang on Tuesday, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is urging all government agencies to adopt satellite mapping to enhance their operations and services.

According to a statement from Undersecretary Cheloy Garafil, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS), Marcos presented the idea when he called the first meeting of the Philippine Space Council (PSC) with its members on Monday at the conference room of the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) in the CyberOne Building in Eastwood, Quezon City.

The PSC’s head, Marcos, emphasized the need of providing access to satellite data to government organizations for a variety of purposes, particularly in enhancing the agricultural and commercial sectors and safeguarding the environment.

According to Marcos, who was quoted by the OPS, “so that’s why I was asking you that we have to make sure that the data we offer [in] each individual department is in a manner that they can use.”

According to Garafil, Marcos believes that a comprehensive map of the nation should be created “in a little different approach from what was being done before.”

“President Marcos specifically stressed the necessity of satellite mapping which might have many applications during Monday’s inaugural meeting of the Philippine Space Council,” she said.

So far, the Space Data Dashboard, which includes an interactive map of the Philippines that displays data from several satellite programs, has been created in collaboration between PhilSA and the Department of Science and Technology’s Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI).

The dashboard is made to display data from satellite photos, such as information on traffic monitoring, air pollution, water quality, night lights, land cover, flood maps, landslides, and the frequency of disasters.

According to Garafil, Marcos wants to advance the creation of a satellite map of the Philippines to help both the government and its allies.

He thought that the use of mapping data could assist potential investors, such as carbon producers, in “balancing their activities” by giving them the knowledge they need to establish a specific bio-diverse area in a specific location.

In order to perform mapping, he explained, “we are establishing an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Space Council. As I was talking to you earlier, there is now a means to measure your good fisheries, your agricultural activity.”

“Everything that. It relates to how much carbon you release into the atmosphere. But mapping will be the first stage in that process, Marcos said.

Cooperation on a global scale

According to Garafil, Marcos also instructed the PSC to make the most of the Philippines’ partnerships with foreign imagery and mapping companies.

The Office of the President (OP) stated in a Facebook post that Marcos intended to ensure that the government offices will have access to satellite data in accordance with their needs.

According to the OP, “the President, who heads the PSC, asked the council to ensure that the information delivered to pertinent departments is beneficial and would take advantage of the Philippines’ partnerships with foreign imaging organizations.”

Week of Space National

The National Space Week will be observed annually from August 8 to August 14 per PhilSA’s recommendation, according to Garafil.

The proposed National Space Week, which will be held in conjunction with the Philippine Space Act’s enactment on August 9, 2019, is intended to “promote space awareness, espouse the benefits of space and its impact on people’s lives, celebrate the contribution of Filipinos in the field of space, and inspire the next generation,” according to Garafil.

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