14th National Biotechnology Week (Philippines)

14th National Biotechnology Week (Philippines)

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 Agriculture as its Chair for this year’s celebration.

With the theme, “Bioteknolohiya: Pambansang Hamon, Pambansang Solusyon”, this year’s 14th National Biotechnology Week will be held at the World Trade Center Hall D, Pasay City from 13 to 17 November 2018.

Various events and build up activities are being spearheaded by the eight lead national agencies of which details were shared by Dr. Vivencio Mamaril, Director of Department of Agriculture-Biotechnology Program Office, in an interview by PTV-4’s Bagong Pilipinas.  On the other hand, SEARCA BIC will organize Agri-biotech Bootcamp as one of the complimentary activities during the 14th NBW.

 

For updates, visit NBW’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nbwphilippines.

Help us in promoting the information about the country’s 14th NBW by using the hashtag: #PinoyBiotech2018 in your social media accounts!


14th National Biotechnology Week Activities:

Awit, Saya, at Bioteknolohiya (Jingle-Making Contest)

2018_NBW_awitsayawbiotekThis contest, organized by the DA Biotech Program, is open to all high school students in the country.

The winning school will receive Php1,000,000.00 worth of science laboratory and library grant, and Plaque of Recognition for the students.

Deadline of pre-registration: October 15, 2018

REGISTRATION IS EXTENDED
Deadline of compostions: October 28, 2018

Entries must be sent through e-mail (nbwphilbiotech@gmail.com).  Awarding ceremonies will be held at the World Trade Center, Pasig City on 14 November 2018.

For more details, please visit this link: https://goo.gl/jW8sH4


Madulang Sabayang Pagbigkas para sa Bioteknolohiya

2018_NBW_sabayangdulaThis DA-Biotech Program’s contest is open to all high school students in public and private schools.  The winning school will receive Php1,000,000.00 worth of science laboratory and library grant, and Plaque of Recognition for the students.

Deadline of pre-registration: October 15, 2018

REGISTRATION IS EXTENDED
Deadline of compostions: October 28, 2018

Send in your entries through e-mail (nbwphilbiotech@gmail.com).  Awarding ceremonies will be held at the World Trade Center, Pasig City on 14 November 2018.

For more details, please visit this link: https://goo.gl/Wfq4op


Biotech Fan Art: Poster Making Contest

2018_NBW_biotekfanartThis DA-Biotech Program’s competition will enjoin elementary students to create a poster that will represent the theme of the 14th National Biotechnology Week: “Bioteknolohiya: Pambansang Hamon, Pambansang Solusyon.”

Winning school will receive Php200,000.00 worth of IT grant, and Php50,000.00 worth of IT grant for the student.

Deadline of pre-registration: October 15, 2018

REGISTRATION IS EXTENDED
Deadline of posters /entries: October 28, 2018
Please send them through e-mail (nbwphilbiotech@gmail.com)

For more details, please visit this link: https://goo.gl/3gVghA


 

ISAAA BRIEF 53-2017: Press Release

ISAAA BRIEF 53-2017: Press Release

Biotech Crop Adoption Leads to Greater Sustainability and Socioeconomic Opportunities for Global Farmers and Citizens

Two new studies show continued environmental and social benefits of biotech crop use and adoption

(June 26, 2018) – Today, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and PG Economics, Ltd. released new studies highlighting the continued social, environmental and economic benefits of the global adoption of biotechnology in agriculture. Read more

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From Frankenfood to Light of Hope:17 Years of Agri-biotech Reporting in the Philippines (2000-2016)

From Frankenfood to Light of Hope:17 Years of Agri-biotech Reporting in the Philippines (2000-2016)

This publication features the 17-year (2000-2016) study conducted by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center (BIC).  The study was conducted to see the trends in media reporting in print and online on agricultural biotechnology. 

PUBLISHED BY: The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)

CITATION: Tome, Kristine Grace N., Mariechel J. Navarro, Sophia M. Mercado, and Maria Monina Cecilia
A. Villena. Seventeen Years of Media Reportage of Biotechnology in the Philippines. Philippine
Journal of Crop Science xx(xx): xx-xx.

 

Download PDF copy (1MB)The first 10 years (2000–2009) was initially published in 2011 covering the development and commercialization of biotech corn in the country as reported in print by the top three national dailies, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Philippine Star.

The following seven years (2010–2016) was published in 2017, covering the recent happenings in the Philippine biotechnology arena such as the research and development of biotech food crops, Bt eggplant (pest resistant eggplant) and Golden Rice (Vitamin A-enriched rice). Aside from the top three newspapers, articles published by Business Mirror were also included in the study because of its significant increase in the number of articles on agricultural biotechnology. Online articles from the four newspapers were also included in the study to get more holistic understanding of biotechnology discussion in the country. The articles were classified and analyzed according to type, topic, tone, focus, sources, media frames, and use of metaphors.

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INFOGRAPHICS: Philippine biotech/GM crops adoption in 2016

INFOGRAPHICS: Philippine biotech/GM crops adoption in 2016

The Philippines was first country in Southeast Asia to plant biotech corn in 2003 after its approval for commercial planting in 2002.  An estimated of 6.03 million hectares of land in the country was planted with biotech corn since then. Read more

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%