The Department Agriculture Biotech Program in collaboration with the Philippine Carabao Center conducted the Training for GM animal regulators on April 11-13, 2018 at the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) Headquarters and Genepool at the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. Ms. Annalyn Lopez, Assistant Director of the DA-Biotech Program initiated the ladderized four-level training based on the expertise of the regulators on biosafety and biotechnology, namely: novice, intermediate, advance and expert.

Different agencies such as the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), DOST Biosafety Committee (DOST-BC), DENR Biosafety Committee (DENR-BC), and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) participated in the event. Lectures were also integrated with hands-on laboratory techniques and site visits.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) had four delegates namely: For. Isagani Amatorio of the Forest Management Bureau (FMB), Ms. Katherine Soriano of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), Engr. Mary Therese Gonzales of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Ms. Alexa Rae Advincula of ERDB.

The training provided an understanding of the basic scientific background and internationally accepted frameworks in risk assessment of GM animals which is essential in environmental risk assessment. It likewise presented an overview of modern biotechnology and molecular biology, animal biotechnology and its applications, and the regulatory landscape of different countries.

The participants explored the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) cryobank which is the storage of cryopreserved germplasma of embryo, blood, tissues, and male gametes of native and foreign breeds of water buffalo, cattles and goats. The participants also had the opportunity to visit the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Fisheries Biotechnology Center, and Tilapia Gene Bank, the first and only Tilapia sperm bank in the world. Alexa Rae Advincula, LESD