Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla (left photo) and USEC Rolando Enrique D. Domingo (right photo) as they give their messages during the opening ceremony.

Under Presidential Proclamation 1414, the National Biotechnology Week (NBW) is being celebrated every last week of November. This year, through the chairmanship of the Department of Health (DOH), it was held on November 25-29, 2019 at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTPI), Quezon City. This year’s theme is “Biotek: Makabagong Solusyon sa Kalusugan” which aims to recognize the contribution of biotechnology in the attainment of improved health outcomes for the Filipino people. In line with the celebration, various activities were lined up and participated in by eight (8) member-agencies such as DA, DOST, DOH, DENR, DepEd, DTI, DILG and Commission on Higher Education.

Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla, MD MAHPS, Chancellor of UP Manila delivered the inspirational message during the opening ceremony of the NBW held on November 25, 2019 at the Ona Auditorium of NKTPI. She said, ”For biotechnology to succeed, we need scientists and sufficient funding and we are all one in this endeavour.” She also mentioned the challenge of bringing these technologies to the Filipino people.

Meanwhile, in behalf of Secretary Francisco T. Duque of DOH, USEC Rolando Enrique D. Domingo formally opened the celebration. He said, “I enjoin all of you to continue the advocate for biotechnology.” He also expressed gratitude to all the member-agencies who joined the celebration and all the working groups for working very hard for the week-long event.

As part of the DENR’s participation, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau set up an exhibit on the different ENR technologies at the atrium of the NKTPI. Among the ERDB technologies that were included in the exhibit were the Hi-Q Vam 1, tissue culture, phytoremediation, clonal propagation, and genetic diversity through DNA analysis. In support to the activity, the representatives from the ERDB-Toxic and Hazardous Wastes Research, Development, and Extension Center (THWRDEC) together with the ERDB main office attended the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting of the exhibit. Cynthia V. Carpio, THWRDEC