Forester Cecille Q. Marquez of the Laboratory and Experimental Services Division (LESD) of ERDB took her oath as member of the Philippine Society for Microbiology, Inc. (PSM) on March 24, 2018 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Manila. The oath-taking ceremony was held after the symposium with the theme “Gearing up towards a globally competitive, accredited, and certified Microbiology”.

During the symposium, PSM President Veronica P. Migo briefly mentioned about the proposed Microbiology Bill which is now pending before the Senate and House of Representatives waiting to be passed as a law. It enables to uplift and professionalize the practice of microbiology in the Philippines. The regulation of such bill/law will recognize microbiologists as licensed professionals and ensure that only certified and licensed microbiologists will be allowed to practice.

The speakers shared their experiences and expertise in the various fields of microbiology-agriculture, aquatic, environmental and industrial microbiology.

Among the speakers were Dr. Gil M. Penuliar of UP Diliman on biorisk management in teaching and research laboratories, Ms. Maria Angelica Caranza-Sunio of Procter and Gamble Philippines, Inc. on compliance to industry and/or government standards; Blesilda M. Calub of the UPLB on analysis of challenge in formulating the Philippine National Standards for organic agriculture, and Dr. Pierengeli G. Vital of UP Diliman presented some researches and work for testing of different samples.

Lastly, Dr. Deo Florence L Onda of the Marine Science Institute of UP Diliman presented the last topic on recent observations on the shifting microbial community composition and interactions in the arctic ocean. Cecille Q. Marquez, LESD