PhilSA Integrated Network for Space-Enabled Actions towards Sustainability (PINAS)
The PINAS project envisions a community empowered through space data mobilization wherein the full value chain of space data will be utilized. It envisions to be an active network of institutions and people working together toward sustainability using space data and information. These institutions include local government units (LGUs) as priority, national government agencies (NGAs), research and development institutions (RDIs), civil society organizations (CSOs), private companies, and citizens.
PINAS further aims to:
- Provide an overview of the LGU and NGA capabilities and needs on Space Science Technology and Applications (SSTA).
- Establish a network with diverse, responsive and cooperative members that will ensure sustained knowledge sharing throughout the country.
- Develop, document and disseminate data processing workflows for the commonly-needed data products by LGUs and select NGAs.
- Capacitate the LGUs in collection of ground data and field measurements.
- Ensure that sufficient support is provided towards decision-making, policy formulation, and action implementation, in particular, in resource management, sustainable development and disaster response and mitigation.
PhilSA conducts PINAS Workshop in Palawan
The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) held the PhilSA Integrated Network for Space-Enabled Actions towards Sustainability or the PINAS Workshop in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan from 14 to 15 September 2022. Over 120 workshop participants joined from the local government units (LGUs), regional government agencies, research development institutions (RDIs), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Palawan. During […]Read More
PhilSA marks 3rd year with month-long capacity-building activities for the public sector and partners
The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) is marking its third anniversary this August with a month-long lineup of capacity-building activities. The celebration, themed Sama-samang Pagbangon Gamit ang Kaalaman Mula Kalawakan, will highlight the crucial role of end-users in harnessing information from space to benefit and empower communities. PhilSA PINAS, or the Integrated Network for Space-Enabled Actions […]Read More
PhilSA to boost capacity of LGUs, researchers, civil society in using space data
The Philippine Space Agency has started the pre-implementation of a new project designed to capacitate and enable various sectors to sustainably access and use space data according to their needs. The project, named PINAS, which stands for PhilSA Integrated Network for Space-Enabled Actions towards Sustainability, will be implemented by the PhilSA Space Information Infrastructure Bureau […]Read More
- PINAS LGUs- Local government units
- PINAS NGAs- National Government Agencies
- PINAS Academe- State Universities and Colleges, Higher Education Institutions, Research and Development Institutions
- PINAS CSOs- Civil Society Organizations
- PINAS Enterprise- Private sector
- PINAS Citizen Science- Individuals
The various sectors from the same provinces, regions, municipalities or cities will have their own subnetworks wherein their activities will be centralized and synchronized. PhilSA members will co-manage these provincial or regional networks with key institutions identified from the subnetwork. Common goals or shared interests like preservation of river basins, watersheds, national parks and protected landscape and seascapes can motivate the formation of these subnetworks by neighboring members.
Through this synergy, the PINAS Project aims to attain the following objectives:
- Provide an overview of the needs and capabilities of LGUs and other institutions/organizations on Space Science, Technology, and Applications (SSTA).
- Establish a network of networks with diverse, responsive, and cooperative members that will ensure sustained knowledge sharing throughout the country.
- Develop, document, and disseminate data processing workflows for the commonly needed data products by LGUs, NGAs, and other institutions/organizations.
- Capacitate the LGUs and others in collection of ground data and field measurements
- Ensure that sufficient support is provided towards decision-making, policy formulation, and action implementation in resource management, sustainable development, and disaster response and mitigation.
Expectations from the network members
Network members, regardless of the sector and capabilities, are expected to contribute to the network in at least one of the following means:
- Collaboration in research and development
- Co-development and generation of space data products
- Coordination of training and workshops in their area
- Contribution of field data
- Assistance in fieldworks as site experts
- Assistance in fieldworks through provision of vehicles, boats, manpower or equipment
- Co-development of training materials and programs
- Formation and co-management of local network in close coordination with PINAS
Organizational or agency collaboration
Should an agency, department, organization, or institution be interested in collaborating with PhilSA for data product research and development through PINAS, discussions must be held for both parties to understand and assess the proposed collaboration. This partnership should proceed through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The MOA would entail comprehensive knowledge and resource sharing that will ensure attainment of goals for both parties.
Utilizing the information provided through the surveys and registration, the members will be classified into various levels depending on training needs, capabilities, and resources. Capacity building will be different for each level and will ensure improvement in relevant skills and capabilities. The PINAS team, consisting of members of the PhilSA SIIB, will be devising training programs unique for each level. These trainings can be held online, face-to-face, hybrid or through massive online open course (MOOC) platform. These will consist of theoretical and practical components. For practical trainings, the trainees’ outputs will be assessed and graded by SIIB personnel. Upon successful completion of training, certificates will be issued to qualify trainees for the next level.
Phases of the project
The first phase in 2022 of the project aims to build core networks. This consists of workshops in selected provinces that aim to identify initial links and connections between LGUs and other participants. The PINAS project have conducted its initial workshops in Iloilo and Palawan. In parallel, the PINAS team is developing workflows for generation of space data derived maps and analyses for the common and most pressing problems of the participants.
In 2023, capacity building activities take place in the second phase wherein actual theoretical and practical training will be conducted. Alongside the PINAS team, the members will be developing data products relevant to their needs. Another opportunity for collaboration with the networks and their members will be the conduct of fieldworks wherein the members will take on roles as site experts and data contributors. The main goal of this phase is to elevate the levels of members by providing them the know-how on developing products and conducting ground measurements.
Lastly, in the last phase of the project, the utilization of the data products must be integrated in the operation of the member units, offices, or agencies. A concerted effort must be made for sharing data within the networks to support policy making, environmental conservation, sustainable development and disaster mitigation and response. A network manager will provide oversight and coordination in the activities of a particular network. Should this project be implemented successfully, we will expand to engage more participants and potential members who will undergo the involvement and training under the earlier phases of the project.
The project will follow the timeline below. Initial surveys were done in the first half of 2022 and pre-implementation workshops and the project launch in the latter half. This will be followed by a couple of workshops in early 2023 followed by a ceremonial MOA signing with key institutional or organizational members. Capacity building activities will take place in 2023 and expansion in 2024.