Russia, PHL agreements on nuclear energy now in effect

Philippines and Russia agreements on nuclear energy cooperation are now taking effect, the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

“On 11 December 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE), DOST and ROSATOM organized a nuclear energy workshop at the Diamond hotel for officials of DOE, DOST, National Power Corporation, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute and other government agencies,” DFA said on January 25.

“Both the DOST and the DOE, as well as private Philippine firms, are cooperating with ROSATOM on various uses of nuclear energy,” it added.

In May 2017 when President Rodrigo Duterte visited Russia, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Russia State Atomic Energy Corporation (ROSATOM) on Cooperation on the Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes.

Moreover, the Department of Energy (DOE) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on nuclear program with ROSATOM in November 2017 when Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Manila.

Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos D. Sorretta emphasized that cooperation on nuclear energy is not limited to building traditional nuclear power plants.

“Russia is a global leader in nuclear technology and their expertise include applications in healthcare, transport and agriculture,” he said.