The Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Korea jointly held the “Seminar on Public Awareness on Nuclear Safety and Security and the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit” at the Diamond Hotel last March 2. Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay delivered the keynote speech that emphasized the importance of cooperation between countries to ensure nuclear safety, security, and utilization.

During his speech, Vice President Binay pointed out the growing concern over terrorists with nuclear capabilities. He also voiced out the issues raised with the 2011 Fukishima nuclear crisis. Considering this, he stressed how joint efforts are the best way to meet these challenges.

Binay was also quite humble when he admitted how the Philippines still has a long way to go when it comes to maximizing nuclear resources and expertise with security and safety in mind. Quite notably, he emphasized the need for stronger ties with nuclear international regulatory agencies like the International Atomic Energy Agency to push forward the current nuclear experience of the country. He also revealed recent developments by the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute with the regulatory agency such as the establishment of a National Nuclear Security Plan for the Philippines.

As for international cooperation with regards to nuclear concerns, the Vice President drew attention to the need for international legislation that would allow individual nations to develop nuclear capabilities without compromising the need to be vigilant against those with intentions of trafficking nuclear materials for illegal and even terrorists acts.

Binay had just been officially chosen by Philippine President Benigno Aquino as the country’s representative to the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea that will be gather around 47 heads of states and three international organizations.

Thanks to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines for the photos.

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