This event is organized by the UP League of Agriculural Biotechnology Students in partnership with the DA Biotechnology Program Office and the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines in cooperation with SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center.
March for Science started in the United States of America as a response to the moves of the newly elected Trump administration aimed to restrict scientific knowledge especially regarding climate change for the benefit of corporations which will be the most affected by the cuts to greenhouse gas emissions. At its beginnings, it was a broad call for the people to stand for science against Trump’s repression of scientific knowledge and information blackout on climate change.
As the impacts of Trump’s policies which blatantly deny climate change will directly affect not only the United States, the biggest historical carbon emitter, but the entire world as well, March for Science soon grew into a global movement of people to defend science as an indispensable tool for society building and policy making.
In the Philippines, scientists, environmentalists, and grassroots organizations from various sectors will march on Earth Day 2017 to express solidarity for the global movement as well as advocate for local issues and call for a science and technology sector that will genuinely serve the interests of the majority.
The March for Science, Environment, and the People is a nationwide campaign that seeks to showcase how the struggle for the development of science and technology is intertwined with that of the environment and of the people: how science and technology can provide concrete solutions for the real issues faced by the Filipino people.
March for Science!
Science and technology (S&T) has a vital role as a catalyst for national progress and development especially in a developing country where innovations in S&T can both provide immediate relief to the people as well as create long term solutions that address their issues at its roots. To enable S&T to contribute to genuine national progress, it needs to be developed under a comprehensive plan that is geared towards addressing domestic needs.
In the Philippines, science and technology was historically undertaken not as an instrument for national development but as a means to answer foreign demands. Content with basic science that is able to follow instructions to use technology developed by other countries, Philippine S&T has been stunted by neglect and non-prioritization as reflected in many programs and policies that restrict and actively obstruct its development. This lead our local S&T to be underdeveloped and backward in the face of global scientific advancement.
The backward and stunted state of S&T in the Philippines is a manifestation of the lack of industries in the country, a situation which does not encourage the development of S&T. Unable to process our own products for domestic use, we are bound to the export of raw materials and import of finished products to meet our demands.
The little technology and modernization we do have is confined to city centers, leaving it unavailable to a large number of people especially farmers in the rural areas who can use technology for agricultural modernization.
Our country lacks a comprehensive plan for the science and technology sector that includes research and development (R&D) as one of its primary thrusts. Without R&D, we are incapable of developing new technologies or improving on existing ones, and we are limited to our ability to imitate emerging technology from other countries.
This lack of support for S&T is one of the reasons why more and more scientists choose to work abroad where they are secured of their jobs and welfare. The few who stay are riddled with problems such as contractualization, no tenurial security, absence of welfare and benefits, and others.
Science is a powerful tool that can cut both ways; while scientific and technological advance can be used for national development, it can also be used to repress it. There is need to identify who stands to benefit from the science we are marching for.
We are marching for the development of a science and technology sector geared towards national industrialization that will address domestic needs and will benefit the majority of the Filipino people. Contrary to serving merely as a ‘technological fix’, the development of this type of S&T will aid in finding solutions to issues of the environment and of the people.
March for the Environment!
The issue of the environment is an issue of science and technology. We fail to maximize our country’s vast natural resources such as water, minerals and ores, varied energy sources, and others, because we do not have the means to utilize them. For example, mineral production in the Philippines remains bound to the extraction phase as we lack industries to process minerals to end products.
The plunder of the biggest corporations and countries on global natural resources and the environment adds to the vulnerability we already face as a small developing country. Despite the presence of international agreements that seek to minimize the effects of climate change, we are witness to business as usual levels of fossil fuel consumption. In the Philippines, the increased use of pollutive energy sources such as coal and the proposed use of the unstable and potentially harmful Bataan Nuclear Power Plant are examples of the biggest environmental issues we face.
Our primitive science and technology also aggravates our inability to adapt to climate change. With the continuing plunder of natural resources and without the capacity to create or use technologies that increase our adaptability and resiliency in the face of major disasters, we are held even more vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.
March for the People!
The Filipino people are burdened by many issues that are manifestations of the lack of industries coupled with the backward and stunted state of S&T. A developed S&T can serve as a backbone towards the solution of the people’s issues. National industrialization will create industries for domestic needs, in turn producing jobs and products which the people need.
A science and technology sector that is developed under a comprehensive plan geared towards national industrialization will help address the long standing issues faced by the people. More than developing on S&T for its own sake, this type of science and technology can genuinely serve in the interests of the people.
Unite the broadest range of scientists, environmentalists, workers, farmers, students, and other sectors, to call for environmental justice and greater support to a science and technology that will genuinely serve the interests of the people!
March with us!
This event is part of the March for Science international movement.
SEARCA, in collaboration with the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), is pleased to invite you and your colleagues to the following seminar at the SEARCA headquarters, UPLB Campus, Los Baños, Laguna:
Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2016
by Dr. Paul S. Teng
Chair of the Board, ISAAA and Senior Fellow, SEARCA
19 May 2017 (Friday), Drilon Hall, 3:00 p.m.
The SEARCA Agriculture & Development Seminar Series (ADSS) and its special seminars are open to the public. It is meant to encourage the presentation and discussion of development and research issues, as well as their implications for agricultural and rural development. Through the ADSS, SEARCA proactively contributes to having a vibrant scientific exchange within, and even beyond, the Los Baños Science Community.
THEME: Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.
The Director-General of FAO will be joined by Pope Francis and Ministers of Agriculture attending the Group of Seven (G7) meetings for the official ceremony on 16 October at FAO Headquarters. Whereas traditionally a message from His Holiness is delivered during the WFD ceremony, for the first time, the Pope will attend in person and call on the international community to change the future of migration. The presence of the G7 Ministers of Agriculture will be testament to the important link between food security, rural development and migration on the political agenda. Other special guests will include EU Commissioner Phil Hogan and the Heads of IFAD and WFP.
The world is on the move. More people have been forced to flee their homes than at any time since the Second World War due to increased conflict and political instability. But hunger, poverty, and an increase in extreme weather events linked to climate change are other important factors contributing to the migration challenge.
SEARCA Agriculture & Development Seminar Series (ADSS)
SEARCA, through its Biotechnology Information Center (BIC), is pleased to invite you and your colleagues to the following seminar at the SEARCA headquarters, UPLB Campus, Los Baños, Laguna:
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Biotechnology
by Atty. Rowanie A. Nakan
Cruz, Marcelo and Tenefrancia
25 January 2018 (Tuesday) | SEARCA Drilon Hall | 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Organized in partnership with the Philippine Genome Center-Agriculture
The SEARCA Agriculture & Development Seminar Series (ADSS) and its special seminars are open to the public.
The ADSS is meant to encourage the presentation and discussion of development and research issues, as well as their implications for agricultural and rural development. Through the ADSS, SEARCA proactively contributes to having a vibrant scientific exchange within, and even beyond, the Los Baños Science Community.
Past ADSS speakers include *Senator Cynthia Villar* (Philippine Senator) *Dr. Segfredo R. Serrano* (Undersecretary for Policy and Planning, Department of Agriculture); *Dr. Serafin D. Talisayon* (Professor, UP Diliman); *Mr. David Wolf* (Acting Agricultural Counselor, US Embassy in Manila); *Atty. Marvic M. V. F. Leonen* (Dean, College of Law, UP Diliman and now Supreme Court Associate Justice); *Engr. Elma T. Karunungan* (Chief, Alternative Fuels and Energy Technology Division, Department of Energy); *Dr. Shinji Kaneko* (Associate Professor, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan); *Dr. Thomas Elhaut,* (Director for Asia and the Pacific Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development [IFAD], Rome, Italy); *Prof. Yujiro Hayami*, (Advisor to the Graduate Faculty of the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development [FASID] and Visiting Professor of the National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Japan; *Dr. Dennis P. Garrity* (Director General, World Agroforestry Center); *Dr. Cielito F. Habito* (former Director-General of the Philippines’ National Economic and Development Authority [NEDA], Professor of Economics in the Ateneo de Manila University, and Director of the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development [ACERD]); *Dr. Prahbu Pingali* (UN FAO); *Dr. Mahar Mangahas* (Social Weather Stations); *Dr. Rafaello Tarroni *(Representative, United Nations Industrial Development Organization); *Prof. Randolf David* (UP Diliman); *Dr. George Norton* (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University); *Dr. Donato Antiporta* (UN FAO-Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific); *Dr. Steven Rood* (Asia Foundation); *Dr. Stephan Haggard* (University of California San Diego); *Dr. Olivia Castillo* (Asia Pacific Roundtable for Cleaner Production); *Mr. Daan Boom* (Asian Development Bank); *Ms. Lisa Antonio* (Philippine Business for the Environment), *Mr. Florencio Abad* (Former Secretary, Department of Education); *Secretary Romulo Neri *(Secretary, Department of Budget and Management and Former NEDA Director General); *Mr.Cesar E.A. Virata *(Former Philippine Prime Minister); *Dr. Gerardo Sicat* (Former NEDA Director-General and Professor Emeritus, UP Diliman), *Mr. Senen Bacani *(Former Secretary, Philippine Department of Agriculture), *Dr. Benjamin Diokno *(Former Secretary, Philippine Department of Budget and Management and Professor, UP Diliman), *Dr. Amelia Ancog* (Former Undersecretary, Philippine Department of Science and Technology), *Dr. Ben S. Malayang III *(Former Undersecretary, Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources), and *Ms. Deborah Landey* (Former Representative, United Nations Development Programme).
For further inquiries, please contact Ms. Rosario B. Bantayan, Program Specialist, Knowledge Management Department through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (049 554 9330 to 36, local 3502).
It brings together farmers and other stakeholders from Asia to learn about plant biotechnology through first-hand experience by visiting plant biotech commercial farms and R&D biotech facilities; and interacting with farmers, scientists, media and policymakers.
The FX Program has been held annually since 2007. The 9th FX Program was held Mar 2-7 in the Philippines. The CropLife Asia, CropLife Philippines and the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines have organized the nine editions of the FX program.
In observance of Presidential Proclamation No. 1414, s. 2007, the National Biotechnology Week (NBW) is being organized by Departments of Agriculture (DA), Science & Technology (DOST), Health (DOH), Environment & Natural Resources (DENR), Trade & Industry (DTI), Interior & Local Government (DILG), Education (DepEd), and the Commission of Higher Education (CHED), as well as the academe, civil society organizations, and private companies, constitute the National Biotechnology Week Committee with the Department of Health as its Chair for this year’s celebration.
With the theme, “Biotek: Makabagong Solusyon sa Kalusugan”, this year’s 15th National Biotechnology Week will be held from 24 to 29 November 2019. The theme highlights the role of biotechnology in universal health care, and recognizes the growing health needs of the Filipino people and the potential of biotechnology to address these needs.
The NBW poster exhibit is on display at the Atrium of the National Kidney & Transplant Institute (NKTI) until November 22. It is a joint endeavor of the DOH (Food & Drug Administration, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and NKTI), Department of Agriculture, Department of Science & Technology, Department of Education, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Trade & Industry, Department of Interior & Local Government, and the Commission on Higher Education.
The International Research Conference Aims and Objectives
The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations. With its high quality, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers.
ICABBBE 2020: 14. International Conference on Agricultural, Biotechnology, Biological and Biosystems Engineering aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Agricultural, Biotechnology, Biological and Biosystems Engineering. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Agricultural, Biotechnology, Biological and Biosystems Engineering
Call for Contributions
Prospective authors are kindly encouraged to contribute to and help shape the conference through submissions of their research abstracts, papers and e-posters. Also, high quality research contributions describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of Agricultural, Biotechnology, Biological and Biosystems Engineering are cordially invited for presentation at the conference. The conference solicits contributions of abstracts, papers and e-posters that address themes and topics of the conference, including figures, tables and references of novel research materials.