DA highlights role of biotechnology in food security

The government recognizes the beneficial impact of biotechnology to help achieve food security, equitable access to health services, sustainable and safe environment, and industry development.

It has become increasingly important to the research and development of agricultural, medical, environmental and industrial products. Its application in agriculture sustains increased farm yields and productivity, and improved value, quality and suitability of crops.

To highlight its important role in the country’s overall development, the Department of Agriculture will lead the 12th National Biotechnology Week on Nov. 21-25 at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management in Quezon City.

The event, which bears this year’s theme “Bioteknolohiya: Kaagapay Para Sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran,” is a mandated observance by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 1414 in 2007.

According to DA Biotech Program Director Dr. Vivencio Mamaril, the NBW aims to create sustained public awareness, understanding and appreciation of biotechnology and highlight its role in helping achieve and sustain productivity and growth.

He noted that breakthroughs such as development of vaccines, antibiotics and other drugs have made health care accessible, and has helped reduce chemical inputs usage, ensure water quality and conservation of topsoil, and produce renewal energy sources.

He said that the weeklong observance will help provide public awareness, education and understanding of biotechnology which are essential for its responsible application and regulation.

Activities include a Techno-forum on The Colors of Cellulases, EnviroTech Forum for Mined- out Areas, Global Insight on Policies and Regulations on New Breeding Techniques, forums on effectivity of the dengue vaccine, health and wellness demonstrations, film showing, and lecture series on DNA in the Kitchen.

Pioneers, policy makers, advocates and practitioners of biotechnology will be feted on the Appreciation Night on Nov. 21.

The NBW is co- organized by the Department of Education, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Health, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Trade and Industry.

A parallel trade exhibit at the Quezon City Hall will showcase technologies and products, as well as success stories of outstanding individuals who have contributed or benefited from biotechnology.

Simultaneous activities are also slated in Nueva Ecija, Tagaytay City, Gen. Santos City and other parts of Quezon City.

-Published in The Philippine Star via Pressreader.com.  See article link here.

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