Filipino Joins International Atomic Energy Agency

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Filipino Joins International Atomic Energy Agency


By Roy Mabasa

A Filipino has joined the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the world's center for cooperation in the nuclear field, promoting the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technology.

According to Ambassador Maria Cleofe R. Natividad, Philippine resident representative to the IAEA, Benigno Aquino, a Filipino physicist with specialization in the nuclear field, will join IAEA as the only Filipino safeguards inspector.

In this capacity, Aquino will be contributing directly to the IAEA's mandate to deter the spread of nuclear weapons by the early detection of the misuse of nuclear material or technology. This mandate has become even more important in relation to the monitoring and verification work of the IAEA in Iran and North Korea.

In a statement, Ambassador Natividad said she is pleased that the Mission "has nurtured and trained a young scientist like Aquino whose passion and dedication in the nuclear field has paved the way for renewed Philippine representation at the inspectorate."

Aquino has worked as adviser and multilateral assistant on nuclear matters at the Philippine Embassy and Mission in Vienna, Austria since 2015.

"As an advocate of nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, the Philippines strongly supports nuclear safeguards, I hope that his example will inspire other young people to enter the nuclear field," Natividad said. …

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