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Bringing nuclear and radiation applications closer to the Filipino people, the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) celebrated the 46th Atomic Energy Week (AEW) from December 10-14, 2018 at the PNRI compound with the theme, “Nuclear Science and Technology for the People: Innovation for Collective Prosperity".

The annual AEW celebration, as mandated under Presidential proclamation No. 1211 in 1973, aims to generate awareness of the Filipino people on the beneficial uses of nuclear science and technology.

The opening ceremonies on December 10 was graced by DOST Secretary Fortunato De la Peña, DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevarra, Quezon City Councilor Precious Hipolito-Castelo, who represented Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte-Alimurung, and Atty. Teresa Ira Maris P. Guanzon, who delivered the keynote message of Senator Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Energy.

The Institute opened its 1st Nuclear Research and Development Conference on the afternoon of December 10 and on December 11, with in-depth presentations by PNRI scientists and researchers on various nuclear and radiation applications in agriculture, food, health and medicine, industry, and the environment.

PNRI also showcased several open-house technical exhibits with free guided tours for all visitors on December 12 to 13 and on the morning of December 14. The exhibits featured the latest nuclear and radiation technologies, products and services by PNRI.

As a pre-event, senior high school students, college students and young professionals attended the Fourth Philippine Nuclear Youth Summit to be held on December 4, organized by the Philippine Young Generation in Nuclear (PYGN), an organization of young Filipinos that promotes the practice of nuclear science and technology in the Philippines. Officials and representatives from the International Youth Nuclear Congress also graced the summit.

Meanwhile, 34 teams of high school students from across the country competed in the national level of the 2018 Philippine Nuclear Science Quiz (PNSQ) on December 13.

The students from Philippine Science High School-Central Visayas Campus got the first place, followed by Davao City National High School for second place and Philippine Science High School – Cordillera Administrative Region Campus for third place. Tied at fourth place are the students from Negros Occidental High School and Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus.


S & T Trivia

" Camilo M. Tabalba, a Filipino engineer, headed a team to make the telephone electronic in 1970. By 1975, he published his findings, including the development of the dynamic transducer (a transmission circuit replacing the carbon transmitter). His work helped in the development of the modern Touchtone phone. "

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