DoST takes steps to allay fears of using nuclear energy

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 08:48 AM    Views : 328by:Louie Lumioan

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) has taken steps for the public to better appreciate nuclear energy three months after the Fukushima nuclear accident, triggered by 9.0 magnitude earthquake, sowed fears on its use.

In a bid to cast away fears of using nuclear energy, the DoST, through the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), partnered with the Family Entertainment Center, Inc (FECI)., operator of the science discovery center at the SM Mall of Asia (MoA), to give the public, especially young people, a more comprehensive information on the beneficial uses of nuclear energy.

Through the DoST-FECI partnership, useful nuclear technologies developed by the PNRI " ranging from rice production and fruits treatment, to wound dressing " are being exhibited at the MoA science discovery center.

DoST Secretary Mario Montejo said putting up a nuclear awareness exhibit to places where people mostly frequent, will boost PNRI’s promotion of the benefits of nuclear energy.

He said he is confident that PNRI’s first major public information dissemination project after the Fukushima accident would effectively educate people about nuclear energy and the technologies developed to make it useful.

The nuclear exhibit which has just been set up at the SM MoA’s science discovery center will remain at the center’s lobby until September 30.

Montejo said the center " which has an average of 800 visitors a day during peak season and 300 to 400 a day during off peak " would be “an excellent venue to provide more people with better understanding of the beneficial application of ionizing radiation and nuclear technology.”

“At this venue, the exhibit targets the students who will be our future decision makers in the next 10 or 20 years,” he said.

“The nuclear awareness exhibit showcases research and development projects that contribute in increasing the agricultural and industrial productivity, ensuring health and security, and protecting and safeguarding the environment.

One of the most interesting features of this exhibit is the demonstration of radiation detection using the survey meter,” he added.

DoST said the exhibit would also educate the people on how the Fukushima accident transpired, and its impact on the country and its environment.


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