13th National Biotechnology Week (Philippines)

13th National Biotechnology Week (Philippines)

In observance of Presidential Proclamation No. 1414, s. 2007, the 13th 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 Agriculture as its Chair for this year’s celebration.

The various agencies of the Philippine government will hold the 13th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) celebration on 20-24 November 2017 at the Fisher Mall EXPO HALL, Fourth Floor, Quezon Ave., cor. Roosevelt Ave., Quezon City.

Here is the link to the week-long program of activities: http://bic.searca.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/13thNBW_TentativeProgram.pdf

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Seminar on Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2016

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Seminar on Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2016

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.

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: March for Science PH, happening on 22 April

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: March for Science PH, happening on 22 April

MARCH FOR SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENT AND THE PEOPLE

22 April 2017, 7AM

Quezon City Memorial Circle

 Organized by the Advocates of Science and Technology for People (AGHAM)

WHY MARCH?

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.

ScieLabsIn 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!

March for Science PH

This event is part of the March for Science international movement.
https://www.marchforscience.com/

ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Applications for the SEAMEO Schools’ Network in 2017

ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Applications for the SEAMEO Schools’ Network in 2017

The SEAMEO Schools’ Network was established to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of SEAMEO in 2015.

The SEAMEO Schools’ Network provides great opportunities and helps schools to improve capacity of administrators, teachers and students through the various topics of face-to-face and online SEAMEO capacity development and training programmes. The SEAMEO school network also aims to develop school partnerships across the region through the teacher and student activities.  (The former title of this programme was SEAMEO 50×3 Schools’ Network)

Free of charge to be a member of the SEAMEO Schools’ Network and participate in the SEAMEO programmes.

All kindergarten, primary, secondary, senior vocational, special needs education schools and, TVET colleges of 11 Southeast Asian countries are invited to apply.

To be a member of the SEAMEO Schools’ Network, please fill up the online application form by clicking the following link: http://bit.ly/SEAMEO_School_Network

or the school/college can apply by using this Application Form in word format and submit the completed form to email: schoolnetwork@seameo.org.

If your school is already in the following list of current members, your school does not need to re-apply.
But it is optional for you to re-apply for updating the information of your school and coordinator’s contact details.

The deadline to submit the application is at midnight of 18 April 2017.

To download the information of SEAMEO Schools’ Network, please click here.

For additional information, any problem in submission of application or edit data in your online application, please email to: schoolnetwork@seameo.org

For further details, visit the SEAMEO Schools’ Network page: http://www.seameo.org/SEAMEOWeb2/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=554&Itemid=554

SEAMEO Schools Network 2017

TOTE-ALLY BIOTECH: A Bag Print Design Contest

TOTE-ALLY BIOTECH: A Bag Print Design Contest

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ISAAA and SEARCA BIC are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Tote-ally biotech Contest. The contest aimed to encourage the students’ creativity through print designs for white katsa bags. Entries featured designs on the theme of this year’s National Biotechnology Week (NBW) “Biotechnology: Partner in National Development.” The Contest was divided into high school and college levels.

The winners received certificates plus corresponding cash prizes of Php10,000, Php7,500, and Php5,000 for the first, second and third place, high school level; and Php17,600, Php12,500, and Php7,500 for the college level. The awarding took place on 25 November during the Closing Ceremony of the NBW in Quezon City.

College level winners

1st Place, College level.
1st PLACE: Nina Kate C. Jingco (4th year, BS Agricultural Biotechnology, UPLB)

 

2nd PLACE: Myka Kathia Lim Barcena (3rd year, BS Biology, UPLB)

 

3rd Place, College level
3RD PLACE: John Albert M. Caraan (4th Year, BS Agricultural Biotechnology, UPLB)

 

High school level winners

1ST PLACE: Abigail Grace R. Tamayo (Grade 10, Divine Light Academy School Molino, Bacoor, Cavite)
1ST PLACE: Abigail Grace R. Tamayo (Grade 10, Divine Light Academy School Molino, Bacoor, Cavite)

 

2nd Place, High School
2ND PLACE: Leedor John A. Abrenica (Grade 11 – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), San Pablo Colleges)

 

3RD PLACE: Vimarie China U. Bidon (Grade 11-Accountancy, Business and Management, Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna)
3RD PLACE: Vimarie China U. Bidon (Grade 11-Accountancy, Business and Management, Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna)

 


 ABOUT THE CONTEST

This bag design contest is part of the celebration of the 12th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) and is being organized by the SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center (SEARCA BIC) and the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) to involve Filipino students in the promotion and awareness of the benefits and potentials of biotechnology. The contest aims to encourage the students’ creativity through print designs for white katsa bags. Designs should center on this year’s NBW theme “Youth, Agriculture, and Biotechnology.”

I.  Mechanics

  1. The bag design contest is open to all Filipino students classified according to the following levels:
  • High school level Grades 7-12 students
  • College level College students
  1. All interested applicants must submit a 5×5 square inch (with 300 pixel wide resolution) original bag print design in JPEG format.
  1. The theme for the bag design making contest is “Youth, Agriculture, and Biotechnology.”
  1. Designs must only include 2-3 colors. It may also include texts (i.e. one-liners about the theme).
  1. All entries must be submitted on or before 2 November 2016 together with the designer’s full name, age, contact number, school, year level and course, and a scanned copy of his/her school ID. Entries shall be sent to toteally.biotech2016@gmail.com with the subject “Tote-ally biotech.”
  1. Entries will be judged on 4 November 2016. Winners will be notified after judging of entries, and will be invited to the awarding ceremony on 25 November 2016 during the Closing Ceremony of NBW.
  1. Prizes shall be:

     High school level

  • First runner-up: Php10,000
  • Second runner-up: Php7,500
  • Third runner-up: Php5,000

    College level

  • First runner-up: Php17,500
  • Second runner-up: Php12,500
  • Third runner-up: Php7,500
  1. Copyright of the graphic artwork remains with the artist. However, by entering this contest, all contestants grant ISAAA and SEARCA BIC the exclusive use to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entries for knowledge sharing initiatives and science popularization activities without further compensation to the artists.

II.  Criteria for Judging

Entries will be judged using the following criteria:

Message and Content:             30%
Creativity and Presentation:  30%
Originality:                                30%
Relevance to the theme:         10%
Total: 100%