In celebration of the National Biotechnology Week for CY 2017, the ERDB team conducted the “Seminar on the Application of Biotechnology in the Environment” at the Kapayapaan National High School in Barangay Canlubang, Calamba City on November 09, 2017. For this year the theme of the NBW is “Bioteknolohiya para sa Kalikasan, Kalusugan, Kagandahan, Kabuhayan, at Kaunlaran Lamang ang Masa at Magsasaka sa Limang “K” ng Bioteknolohiya’.

The program registration started at exactly 8.30 am. The Invocation was led by Charlene Mae B. Folloso followed by the singing of the National Anthem led by Armon M. Landicho both Grade 11 students. Ms. Regina M. Senido, Teacher l of the Science Department gave the opening remarks. Then, For. Paul C. Cuadra, Supervising Science Research Specialist of Forest Ecosystem Research Division of ERDB discussed the overview of the seminar.

Ms. Ruth Serena Consuelo C. Ramirez, Science Research Technician II of TTD-ERDB, the 1st speaker discussed the “Introduction on Basic Biotechnology”. Accordingly, National Biotechnology Week Committee is composed of DA, DOST, DENR thru ERDB, DOH, DILG, DepEd, CHED, and DTI. The said Committee formulates program for the meaningful celebration of the NBW yearly. Her lecture focused on information/education on basic biotechnology. She discussed the overview of biotechnology, the traditional and modern biotechnology as well as the enabling laws of biotechnology in the Philippines.

The 2nd speaker, Ms Famela J. Bonsol, Science Research Technician III of NGP-PQPM presented the “Application of Biotechnology in the Environment Hi-Q Vam 1 to Indigenous Forest Tree Seedlings”. She defined mycorrhiza and its history, why is it important to apply or inoculate with mycorrhiza, and when and how to apply mychorrhiza. Before the end of the presentation on mycorrhiza, Ms. Catherine dL. Bunye provided actual demonstration on how the application of mycorrhiza is being done.

After the lectures, an open forum was conducted. The questions were raised by the students as well as their Science teachers.

After all the questions have been answered by the resource speakers, students were given time to answer the evaluation forms wherein the students rated the conduct of the seminar as “Very Satisfactory” because their objectives and expectations were met. Then, concerned ERDB staff awarded the Certificate of Recognition to the Kapayapaan National High School. In return, the Science Teachers of the School awarded Certificate of Recognition to the valuable efforts made by the resource speakers. Samples of ERDB publications were also provided to the Science teachers and students.

Mr. Edgar M. Ubalde gave the closing remarks. Mr. Ubalde was very grateful to ERDB for selecting the Kapayapaan National High School for this year’s NBW seminar. He reiterated that their school and their students are so blessed by this seminar because such learnings will be of great help and can be applied by the students in their future projects/endeavors.

Picture taking of all the participants with the resource speakers followed. Then souvenir items such as bags, fan with “how to’s on mycorrhizal application” and sample of mycorrhiza were given to all participants. Mayette Briz, TTD