With the theme, Pambansang Hamon, Pambansang Solusyon (Our Nation’s Challenge, Our Nation’s Solution), the 14th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) highlighted the contributions of biotechnology in agriculture and food security, equitable health care services, development of industries and business enterprises, sustainable environment, and economic development, among others. The NBW celebration ran from 13-17 November 2018 at the World Trade Center, Manila.
The one-week event hosted by the Department of Science and Technology featured trade fairs career talks, fora, competitions (i.e. poster-making contest, speech choir contest, jingle-making contest), and exhibits. ISAAA along with the SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center (SEARCA BIC) participated in the exhibit. SEARCA BIC’s booth was a favorite among students and teachers from various schools and universities who wished to learn more about agri-biotechnology, agriculture, and science through fun and games.
SEARCA BIC also conducted the BIOTEKasayahan, a series of interactive and educational games for the NBW guests and exhibitors, on November 16. BIOTEKasayahan was organized in collaboration with the UP Genetic Researchers and Agricultural Innovators Society (UP GRAINS) and UP League of Agricultural Biotechnology Students (UP LABS). Both UP LABS and UP GRAINS are academic, student-based organization composed of students taking up BS Agricultural Biotechnology at the University of the Philippines Los Baños.
Here are some of the photos taken from SEARCA BIC exhibit booth:
– Danellie Joy O. Medina, SEARCA-BIC