Left photo: The exhibit displays at the National Biotechnology Week celebration. Right photo: The attendees during the forum.

In celebration of the 14th National Biotechnology Week, the Department of Science and Technology- National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (DENR-ERDB) conducted two different fora on Biotechnology on November 15, 2018 held at Hall D, World Trade Center, Pasay City. The activity is in line with this year’s theme: “Pambansang Hamon, Pambansang Solusyon” which aims to showcase how biotechnology could help address the challenges that the Philippines faces today. Moreover, it is geared towards highlighting significant contributions of biotechnology to agriculture and food security, health care services, education, industrial and economic development, and environment sustainability. Two representatives (1 male and 1 female) from the ERDB-THWRDEC (Toxic, Hazardous Waste, Research attended the forum while other attendees are mostly representatives from various academes in the National Capital Region.

DOST-NRCP regular members presented two (2) completed projects during the first part of the forum entitled: “Communicating Basic Research Results to the People: Biotechnology Results. Presentations during the forum include “Greening Mined-Out Areas in the Philippines” by Ms. Nelly S. Aggangan, Ph.D., NCRP Regular Member, Division VI and “Anti-infective Bacteria from Marine Sediments of Philippine Archipelago – A Treasure for Biotechnology Applications” by Ms. Doralyn S. Dalisay, Ph.D., NCRP Regular Member, Division IV. The research-based information presented are geared towards enhancing knowledge of the participants of what is happening around and the realization of the importance of biotechnology.

In the afternoon, another forum on “ENVIOTECH: Saving Philippine Forest Trees thru Genetic Diversity Studies” was conducted by the DENR-ERDB. The forum aims to promote and utilize science-based innovations to conserve and protect the environment. Lectures presented during the forum include “Biotechnology applications in the Philippine environment setting” by Ms. Ruth Serena Consuelo C. Ramirez, “Genetic diversity studies of Philippine indigenous forest tree species” by Ms. Maria Innah S. Montala and “Amplifying: DNA Analysis in focus” by Mr. Jordan M. Abellar. A video on DNA analysis was also presented.

The 5-day celebration of the National Biotechnology Week from November 12 to 16, 2018 featured interactive exhibits and biotechnology research projects and innovations of the participating agencies and organizations. THWRDEC