PhilSA Official Elected Chair of ISPRS Outreach Technical Committee – Manila Bulletin
For the first time, a Filipino has been elected Chairman of the Technical Commission on Education and Outreach of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) through the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) Deputy Director General for Space Science and Technology, Dr. Gay Jane P .Pérez.
According to PhilSA, ISPRS is a non-governmental organization dedicated to developing international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications.
The Philippines is an active member of ISPRS through the Philippine Geosciences and Remote Sensing Society (PhilGRSS). In 2015, the country hosted the Asian Conference on Remote Sensing. In response to his appointment as head of TC V, Dr. Perez pointed out that with the establishment of PhilSA, the Philippines is “on the verge of advancing space science and remote sensing through education and outreach”.
The scientific and technical work of ISPRS is carried out by five technical commissions. ISPRS Commission V, or Technical Commission V (TC V), focuses on education and awareness, and strives to promote capacity building and the transfer of know-how and technology across all areas of geoinformatics, including remote sensing, photogrammetry and spatial information science. .
“This is accomplished through the development of cost-effective teaching methods applicable to different levels of learners – students, educators, practitioners – and designed to bridge the gap between rapid advances in science and technology and its practical applications,” said PhilSA.
For this, PhilSA has advanced degrees to accelerate R&D and STRAtegic space applications, or AD Astra scholarships. The Fulbright Philippines Space Science and Technology Applications Fellowship Program is currently ongoing. In addition to offering scholarships, PhilSA works to integrate space science and technology applications (SSTA) into the basic education curriculum.
The space agency also partners with the government and private sectors for its national know-how and technology transfer program, within the framework of ISKUELA, or inclusive activities of know-how, use, exchange and localization of the SSTA.
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