The Philippines received on Friday (April 1) the Atoms for Peace Award, in recognition of its efforts to combat nuclear and radiological terrorism in the country and around the world.
Secretary Mario G. Montejo of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) accepted the award on behalf of the Philippines at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The award was handed during the luncheon of the Nuclear Industry Summit (NIS), an official side event of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit which was attended by several world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama.
“This Award is an acknowledgment of our country’s efforts to promote nuclear security at the international level,” Montejo said in a statement released by the Department of Foreign Affairs. “Nuclear security is a responsibility of all States, big and small, and it begins with each country’s commitment to bolster national capacities to address safety and non-proliferation concerns.”
The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), an agency of the Department of Science and Technology, was able to decommission in 2013 two secure radiological vehicles as part of a broader effort to combat nuclear and radiological terrorism. The two vehicles are designed to safely transport radiological material within the country. The decommissioning was in coordination with the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
The Atoms for Peace award recognizes the recipient’s global leadership for the removal of all highly enriched uranium from its territory and other contributions to nuclear security. The award also recognized the Philippine leadership in facilitating training for the exploration of uranium deposits using environmentally acceptable processes.
The other recipients of the Atoms for Peace Awards were the Federal Republic of Brazil, Republic of Chile, Czech Republic, Kingdom of Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Republic of Korea, United Mexican States, Romania, Kingdom of Spain, Kingdom of Sweden, Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of Turkey, Ukraine and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
The Award was established in 1955 for the development or application of peaceful nuclear technology.