DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo, through Special Order No. 712 s.2011 dated 01 December 2011, designated Dr. Rogel Mari D. Sese of IMSP as the government's Focal Person for the Philippine Space Science Education Program. This is in recognition of Dr. Sese's competence in and dedication to space science education as well as in response to the need to effectively integrate space science and technology in the basic education curriculum.

Dr. Sese, the Head of the IMSP Astrophysics Laboratory, shall be the country's permanent representative to the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) and other international conferences on space science education.

With this appointment, DOST likewise identified UPLB as the focal academic institution that would help the government in crafting programs aimed at improving space science education and research in the country.