How The Philippines Explored Uncharted Science Boundaries This 2019

For a developing country currently riddled with seemingly endless political conflict, the Philippines still finished 2019 with a bang in terms of what its science was able to uncover, exploring territories that were uncharted before.

In fact, the Global Innovation Index for 2019 revealed that the country fared relatively well for this year, even managing to climb 19 places from 73rd in 2018 to 54th this year.

Here’s a quick rundown of what happened:

Better Transportation For The Future

For a country that’s infamous for its crippled transportation system, the country made leaps and bounds this year via a Grab-like tricycle hailing app called Transeek, which is made for Butuan commuters. Still in its beta stage, users are already raving about its convenience and effectiveness. North of Manila, the country’s first hybrid train also made its inaugural run back in May, boasting a maximum capacity of up to 800 passengers.

Scientific Policies

Current PH president Rodrigo Duterte also signed into law a number of legislations that can benefit the scientific community. This includes R.A. 11312, R.A. 11293 and R.A. 11337, all of which are aimed to help develop the country’s startup system and move the benefits that the sector needs forward.

New Species

Filipino Archaeologist Armand Mijares also unearthed a previously unknown species of human now called Homo Luzonensis this year, cementing the archipelago’s place on the map of archaeological expeditions. In fact, the finding is so significant that current textbooks have been rewritten to better fit the scenario the new findings presented. Furthermore, a team of marine geophysicists were also able to locate the largest caldera in the world, just off the coast of Aurora.

Space Science And Technology

Perhaps the top science story for the country this year is the Philippine Space act, or the R.A. 11363. This law establishes the Philippine Space Agency, as well as the Philippine Space Development and Utilization Policy, proving that the country is more than ready to embark and reach new heights when it comes to both technology and space science, moving the country to incredible new grounds.

city-1909892_1920 The city of Manila, the capital of Philippines. Photo by Pixabay (CC0)