As part of the National Biotechnology Week (NBW) celebration in November, the ERDB through the Technology Transfer Division conducted a capacity building on Hi-Q Vam 1 for high school students from Grades 7, 8, 9 and 12 on Nov. 7, 2017 at the audiovisual room of the Felicisimo San Luis National High School in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

The training started with ERDB’s institutional video presentation. Moreover, Ms. Veronica O. Sinohin, Chief of the Technology Transfer Division gave the overview of the activity.

Ms. Ruth Serena C. Ramirez, Science Research Technician II of ERDB gave an introduction and overview on Basic Biotechnology. She also made a comparison between traditional and modern biotechnology. Likewise, she enumerated the Philippine enabling laws in biotechnology.

Ms. Carmelita Mojica, Senior Science Research Specialist of ERDB presented the Hi-Q Vam 1, ERDB’s first patented biofertilizer which was developed by Dr. Evangeline Castillo, a multi-awarded, retired scientist of ERDB. She differentiated endomycorrhiza from ectomycorrhiza. Ms. Mojica likewise mentioned the benefits of Hi-Q Vam 1.

In addition, Ms. Pamela Bonsol of ERDB demonstrated the proper application of Hi-Q Vam 1. She also mentioned the advantages of using the biofertilizer.

After the lectures, Ms. Donnabel Elpedes of ERDB who served as emcee during the program gave away prizes to the students who answered the questions correctly. Souvenir items such as NBW’s drawstring bags, Hi-Q Vam 1 fans and sample Hi-Q Vam 1 fertilizer in small plastic bags were also distributed to the participants. Marla V. Cambay, TTD