The speakers during the 2-day Webinar on”Biotechnologies for a Healthy Environment”

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) conducted a 2-day webinar on “Biotechnologies for a Healthy Environment” on November 22-23, 2021 via Zoom and Facebook live in connection with the 17th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) celebration.

On the first day, Ms. Veronica Mercado, Science Research Specialist II of ERDB took the audience on an adventure around the country’s natural resources from terrestrial to urban ecosystem to the coastal areas. Then, For. Romana A. Mauricio, Senior Science Research Specialist tackled the basics of biotechnology. Lastly, Ms. Janine Baguhin, Science Research Specialist II of ERDB discussed the topic of tissue culture.

During the 2nd day of the webinar, Mr. Reyjanil Valdez, Chemist III of ERDB tackled the topic, “From Waste to Energy: The Production of Bioethanol Lignocellulosic Biomass”. First, he defined bioethanol, its uses and advantages. He likewise gave examples of raw materials for bioethanol production including the process of its production. He further cited the Bioethanol Republic Act in the Philippines. Lastly, he gave the role of biotechnology in the future of bioethanol production.

On the other hand, Mr. Julius Bañega, Senior Science Research Specialist of ERDB’s Toxic and Hazardous Wastes Research, Development, and Extension Center (THWRDEC) discussed the topic, “The Uses of Bioremediation Technology”. He tackled the basics of bioremediation, how it works, and its current applications. He also explained the types and methods of bioremediation. Finally, he discussed the pros and cons of bioremediation technologies.

For the 3rd day of the webinar, Ms. Adreana S. Remo, Information Officer II of ERDB elaborated the significance of ENVIOTECH in promotion biotechnologies to the general public. She illustrated the adaptation of the event to the ever-changing times to truly reach the youth. Ms. Allysa Marie C. Federio, Media Production Specialist II of ERDB further expanded engaging the youth in biotechnologies through social media. She discussed the basics of social media and the importance of social media etiquette.

During the last day of the webinar, Ms. Alexa Rae Advincula, Science Research Specialist II of the Laboratory Experimental Services Division of ERDB shared her experiences as working in the field of biotechnology. On the other hand, Dr. Custer Deocaris, Scientist I of Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, vividly elaborated the path to pursuing a profession in the field of biotechnology. He shared his dreams as a child to become a scientist eventually becoming a conferred Scientist by the National Academy of Science and Technology.

An open forum followed the presentations where the questions were duly answered by the speakers. Marla V. Cambay, TTD