International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano visited the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) on January 27, 2015.

The one and a half day visit to the Philippines of Amano is in response to the invitation made by Secretary Mario G. Montejo of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in 2013, at the sidelines of the 57th IAEA General Conference to be the keynote speaker for the next Philippine Congress to be held in December 2015.

Amano’s visit to the PNRI was accompanied by a video showing on the various on-going projects of the institute as well as other collaborators.

This was followed by visits to the Electron Beam Facility Co-60 Irradiation facility built through the funding from the DOST. United States, and Japan;Tc-99m Generator Facility/Radiopharmaceutical Laboratory, and Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry Laboratory.

Visited also were the two Pilot High Schools of the new IAEA Pilot Project on “Nuclear Science and Technology for Secondary Schools”, located in Quezon City District, Quezon City Science High School and San Francisco High School and the Medical Cyclotron Facility hosted by the National Kidney Transplant Institute made possible under the PPP arrangement with the private sector.

A discussion between Secretary Mario G. Montejo and PNRI Executive Director Dr. Alumanda Dela Rosa and Dir. General Yukiya Amano on strategies and mechanisms to enhance nuclear cooperation.

The IAEA is the intergovernmental body under the Frameworks of the United Nations that fosters the safe, secure, and peaceful use of the atom
The IAEA which was established in 1957 as the “Atom for Peace” organized within the United Nations family is the world’s foremost organization for scientific and technical cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear technology.

The Philippines became a member of the IAEA in 1958.

It has now grown to a membership of 162 states as of 2014.

The organization is currently headed by Director-General Yukiya Amano. He has been serving as IAEA Director General since 2009. (PSciJourn MegaManila)

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