Ms. Ruth Serena Consuelo C. Ramirez and Ms. Maria Innah S. Montala, resource speakers, as they answer questions during the Techno-Forum on Biotechnology held on Nov. 7, 2018 at the ERDB Auditorium.

As part of the weeklong celebration of the 14th National Biotechnology Week (NBW), a Technology Forum on “Saving Philippine Forest Trees thru Genetic Diversity Studies” was held on November 7, 2018 at the ERDB Auditorium. This year’s theme is “Pambansang Hamon, Pambansang Solusyon

Nine schools participated in the activity which include the De LaSalle University in Dasmariñas Cavite, Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba, Colegio de Los Baños, Christian School International, Makiling School Inc., LSPU Los Baños, Southern Luzon State University, UPLB League of Agricultural Biotechnology students, UP Genetic Researchers and Agricultural Innovators Society (GRAINS) and Habay Elementary School in Bacoor, Cavite. Some ERDB staff also attended the event. There were 88 participants in the forum.

ERDB OIC Assistant Director Dr. Bighani M. Manipula welcomed the participants. He said that the forum aims to educate particularly the young people or the “millenials” on the importance of biotechnology. He also said that biotechnology is important and can provide the best solution to cope up with the increasing population.

Ms. Liberty E. Asis, TTD OIC Chief launched the Enviotech logo which was conceptualized by the Technology Transfer staff.  She also mentioned the different activities which include seminars and forum which will be conducted in connection with the celebration.  She also mentioned the technologies developed in ERDB which include the Hi-Q Vam 1, tissue culture of different species of bamboo, ex-situ and in-situ germplasm collection, phytoremediation for greening mined-out areas and bioremediation schemes.

Ms. Ruth Serena Consuelo C. Ramirez, a BS Biology graduate from UPLB and a teacher at The Learning Place in Los Baños was one of the resource speakers during the forum. She discussed the topic on “Biotechnology Applications in the Philippine Environment Setting”.

Another BS Biology major in Genetics graduate from UPLB, Ms. Maria Innah S. Montala and a Biologist I in ERDB discussed the topic on “Genetic Diversity Studies of Philippine Indigenous Forest Tree Species”.

After the lectures, questions were asked particularly on GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) which were duly answered by the speakers.

Ms. Adreana S. Remo of ERDB led the Enviotech games which made the event more fun and interactive for the students. Marla V. Cambay, TTD