To wrap up the events for the weeklong celebration of the 16th National Biotechnology Week (NBW), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) as the lead agency for this year’s celebration spearheaded the closing ceremony on November 27, 2020 at the SEARCA Auditorium, Los Baños, Laguna. The event was livestreamed on ERDB and NBW websites and Facebook pages.
The program started with a video presentation of the highlights of the activities including the unified virtual exhibit, webinars and contests that were conducted by the different participating and partner agencies.
The winners of the spoken word poetry contest of the DA Biotech Program were: 1st place – Jethro Hermano (“Susi sa Kaunlaran”); 2nd place – 2nd place- Ed Brian Ligna (‘Bioteknolohiya sa Panahon ng Krisis”); and 3rd place- Crison Timoging (“Biotek Kaagapay para sa Pagbangon at Pag-Asa Tungo sa Matatag na Kapaligiran at Ekonomiya”).
Also of the Department of Agriculture’s Biotiktok Competition, the following were the winners: 1st place- Lloyd Balinado of Mendez, Cavite for the CRISPR technology; 2nd place – C. J. Casinsinan of Pililia, Rizal and 3rd place- John Ariel Orensis of Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Mr. Harvy Angelo D. Tan of the Quezon National High School in Lucena City won the 1st prize and People’s Choice Award (with 1,000 facebook likes and 5,000 shares) at ERDB’s Enviocon Video Vlogging Contest. He will receive P30,000 cash and computer tablet plus 1 year use of the ERDB laboratory. His school will receive P10,000.
The 2nd prize winner was Demetri Miguel Sabanal of the Nieves Villarica National High School. The student will receive P20,000 cash and his school will get P10,000 cash prize.
Mr. Daniel Sachary del Mundo of the Laguna Senior High School in Sta. Cruz, Laguna won the 3rd prize and will receive P10,000 cash prize and P10,000 for his school.
The judges for the ERDB’s Contest were: For.. Mayumi Quintos-Natividad, ERDB Asst. Director; Dr. Flerida Cariño, Physical Scientist Member of DOST Biosafety Committee; Charles Anthony Vega, Local Government Officer of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Naomi Ruth Q. Infante, Senior Science Research Specialist of DENR – Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).
Plaques of appreciation were given to the eight (8) departments and other partner agencies for their significant contributions in the NBW celebration.
ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado in his closing message said, “We are grateful to DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu for all the support to ERDB during the conduct of the NBW”.
Director Adornado also gave gratitude to the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) for allowing the ERDB’s staff to utilize their building for the NBW opening, Enviotech forum and closing ceremony.
Lastly, he expressed his appreciation to all the partner agencies, non-government and private sector, and international organizations for actively joining the event.
As a final message, he encouraged everyone to recite with conviction a line from the NBW theme song, “Pilipino, Yakapin ang Pagbabago, Magbiotech na Tayo”. Marla V. Cambay, TTD