PHILIPPINES: An Emerging Space Opportunity
The National SPACE Development Program (NSDP) aims to establish the foundations of Philippine space science and technology.
It is the first major effort of the Philippines to develop a long-term space program. Based on the National Space Development and Utilization Policy, the NSDP is tasked to establish the necessary frameworks and foundations necessary for the future National Space Agency.
The Philippines: An Overview
The Philippines is one of the most dynamic economies in Southeast Asia, with a GDP reaching to almost $292 billion in 2015. Our growth has steadily climbed to an average of 5% in the past decades and has remained to be a strong economic contender in the region.
Geographically, the country spans between 4 to 21 degrees north latitude and 116 to 127 degrees east longitude. We are an archipelago composed of more than 7,000 islands with a total land area of over 300,000 square kilometers. We are also favorably located close to the equator and to many of Southeast Asia’s main water bodies.
The Philippines is home to abundant natural resources and has one of the world’s greatest biodiversities. Because of its geography and colonial history, characteristics of both Eastern and Western culture are evident.
Filipino and English are the official languages, while over a hundred more regional and indigenous languages are spoken across the nation. Our culture places high importance on many social values, most especially on education — we have a high literacy rate of 95.6% and a functional literacy of 86.45%, helping us bridge the poverty gap and move the country’s development in full speed.