Monday, October 12, 2009



In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, the IYA 2009 National Organizing Committee (NOC) will hold the IYA 2009 Philippine Olympiad. The IYA 2009 NOC was created by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in December 2008 and is being chaired by Dr. Prisco Nilo, DOST-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Director. The members of the NOC include the DOST-Philippine Council for Advanced Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCASTRD), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Rizal Technological University (RTU), UP Training
Center for Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry (UP TCAGP), UP College of Science, and UP NISMED.

The Olympiad will be conducted in two stages: regional and national, and in two levels: secondary and collegiate. The contest is open to first year, second year, and third year secondary school students; and to college students who are presently enrolled in any undergraduate program. Deadline for registration is on October 23, 2009.

The regional elimination will be held simultaneously in participating regions of the country on November 7, 2009. The finals will be held at UP NISMED, Quezon City on December 11, 2009. Prizes for the national winners include plaques of recognition and cash prizes.

For more information regarding the venues of the regional competition, mechanics of the contest, and registration details, log on to http://www.astronomy2009.ph/olympiad/.

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