UPOU Hosts First Public Consultation for the IRR of the ODL Law



Introducing Diwata, the first Philippine-made satellite

Japan universities to help Philippines develop 1st satellite
ABS CBN News – ‎Mar 10, 2015‎
TOKYO – Two Japanese universities said Tuesday they will help the Philippines develop their first satellites over a period through 2017. Hokkaido and Tohoku universities will cooperate with the Philippine Department of Science and Technology in developing…

Introducing Diwata, the first Philippine-made satellite
Pinoy – ‎Mar 10, 2015‎
By Pia Ranada/rappler.com – The Philippines will launch its very own satellites into space in 2016 and 2017, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced on Tuesday, March 10. A government project dubbed the Philippine Scientific Earth…

PHL working with Japan to launch first Filipino-made satellite in space
Ang Malaya Net – ‎Mar 10, 2015‎
The Philippine government is developing its first satellite, and its receiving station, to be launched in space in partnership with Japanese institutions Hokkaido University and Tohoku University. These two Japanese universities launched last May 2014 an…

PH GOES TO SPACE | DOST bares P840-M satellite program
InterAksyon – ‎Mar 9, 2015‎
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has unveiled a plan to launch the country’s very own micro-satellite by next year and another one in 2017 as part of disaster-mitigation efforts among other possible applications.

Two MicroSats Planned By The Philippines
SatNews Publishers – ‎Mar 9, 2015‎
[SatNews] The Philippines will launch its own satellites into space in 2016 and 2017, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has announced. A government project dubbed the Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Micro-Satellite (PHL-Microsat)…


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Less developed towns soon to have free-wifi


March 12, 2015

Jeanevive D. Abangan

DAVAO CITY, March 12 (PIA)— Internet connection will soon be available in public places such town plazas and transport terminals in towns classified as 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class municipalities.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo revealed in a press conference during the first leg of the Science Nation Tour in Davao City that DOST targeted to roll out such internet connection in those towns by the second half of the year to promote connectivity and consequently boost economic activity .

DOST Information Communication Technology Office (ICT) website revealed that the Free-Wifi Internet Access in Public Places project of DOST was originally designed “to cover only town plazas of 748 class 4, 5 and 6 municipalities, with a budget of 334 million pesos”.

But with the P3 billion boost in budget that DOST got after the recent Senate deliberation, the project has been modified to cover “transport terminals (train, sea and air), school yards, hospital lobbies, national government agencies, public parks and local government unit offices”.

P-Noy signs distance learning law


Authored by Baguio Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. and signed by President Aquino last Dec. 9, Republic Act 10650 has institutionalized distance education as a mode of delivery of open learning.

Distance education is a mode of delivering instruction, often on an individual basis, to students who are not physically present in a traditional setting such as a classroom. (By Artemio Dumlao (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 22, 2014)


President Benigno Aquino III has signed a law seeking to provide government support for open distance learning programs in the country.

Through Republic Act (R.A.) 10650 signed last December 9, Aquino directed the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to help train qualified teachers and develop a relevant curriculum for open distance learning programs.

Under the new law, these agencies were also tasked to develop appropriate learning materials for these alternative learning programs.

Open learning gives students access to education regardles of their age, geographical location, time constraint and economic situation.

Distance education meanwhile allows a student to learn even while physically separated from his or her teacher.

R.A. 10650 also mandates that students enrolled in open distance learning programs should be given “access to all privileges, opportunities and entitlements that a student similarly situated under the conventional system of instruction may have access to.”

The new law also tasked the University of the Philippine Open University to assist and provide expertise to the CHED and TESDA in promoting best practices in open distance learning in the Philippines. (Andreo Calonzo/KBK, GMA News)

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