Burgos paintings showcased at Biotech Week

JOSE “Sonny” T. Burgos III, farmer-visual artist and eldest son of press freedom icon Joe Burgos, Jr. will be showcasing 12 of his acrylic paintings during the National Biotechnology Week on November 20-24 at the Expo Hall 1 of the Fisher Mall, Quezon City.

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National Biotechnology Week kicks off on November 20

National Biotechnology Week (NBW) will kicks off on November 20, at the Expo Hall 1 fourth floor, Fisher Mall, Quezon City. Themed “Bioteknolohiya para sa Kalikasan, Kalusugan, Kagandahan, Kabuhayan, at Kaunlaran:Lamang ang Masa at Magsasaka sa Limang ‘K’ ng Bioteknolohiya!” activities will run through until November 24.

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National Biotechnology Week 2017 highlights contribution of biotechnology to farmers and masses; DOST to join the celebration

QUEZON CITY, Metro Manila- 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.

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BusinessMirror leads Jose G. Burgos Jr. biotech awards winners

The Jose G. Burgos Jr. awards for biotechnology journalism celebrated its 10th year with the awarding of this year’s winners on Thursday night at the Sulo Riviera Hotel in Quezon City.

“Genetically modified corn allowed farmers to earn $560 million—study” written by Mary Grace Padin for the BusinessMirror, bagged the first prize in the Best News Story category. InterAksyon’s Diego Mora won second prize for his article “Dutch experts boost security to prevent loss of UPLB pathogenic microbes” and “Cheaper, healthier animal feed from UPLB” by Maricar Cinco of the Philippine Daily Inquirer took the third prize.

For the Best Feature category, James Konstantin Galvez from The Manila Times won first prize for his article “Corn growers urged govt to approve new GMO rules.” The second prize went to Ray Eñano of Manila Standard with his article “Academe hurting from GMO ruling.” Henrylito Tacio of EDGE Davao finished third for his article “Golden Rice fights hidden hunger.”

In the institutional category, the BusinessMirror bagged first place. Philippine Star won second place. InterAksyon.com and The Manila Times tied in third place.

Winning articles were chosen by this year’s judges Dr. Virginia Enriquez, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Alparce and Melo Acuña, who reviewed biotechnology stories from August 2015 to July 2016.

The Awards was organized by the J. Burgos Media Services and the Joe Burgos Pen with the support of the Department of Agriculture-Biotechnology Program Office, Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture-Biotechnology Information Center.

-Published in BusinessMirror.  See article link here.

Filipino Senior High School students undertake agri-biotech boot camp

Filipino Senior High School students undertake agri-biotech boot camp

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Senior high school students and their science teachers from the University of the Philippines Rural High School; Regional Science High School for Region 2; West Visayas State University-Integrated Laboratory School; and Mindanao State University-College of Education Training Department took part in the Agri-biotech Boot Camp held last November 16-18, 2016 at the Headquarters of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and UP Los Baños – Institute of Plant Breeding (UPLB-IPB).

The boot camp exposed the students to issues and trends in agricultural biotechnology through lectures on the agriculture landscape in Southeast Asia, agriculture offerings in UPLB, biotechnology applications in crops, livestock, and fisheries; and hands on exercises on DNA extraction and edible landscaping. The participants also visited the International Rice Research Institute where they learned about Golden Rice in the Philippines, as well as on national biotech research initiatives during their visit at the UPLB’s National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. The last day involved interactive games on biotech facilitated by the student organizations UP League of Agricultural Biotechnology Students (UP LABS) and UP Genetic Researchers and Agricultural Innovators Society (UP GRAINS).

The three-day activity was spearheaded by SEARCA’s Biotechnology Information Center in partnership with UPLB-IPB, the Philippine Genome Center, UP Rural High School, UP LABS, and UP GRAINS. The event was also part of the celebration of SEARCA’s 50th Anniversary and the 12th National Biotechnology Week.  (Maria Monina Cecilia A. Villena and Sophia M. Mercado)

PH highlights role of biotech in national development

PH highlights role of biotech in national development

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The Philippines celebrates the 12th National Biotechnology Week (NBW 2016) from November 21-25, 2016 focusing on the theme, Biotechnology: Partner in National Development. Different government agencies and non-governmental organizations participated in the week-long celebration through conduct of talks, exhibit, and contests nationwide. The Department of Agriculture spearheaded this year’s celebration.

During the opening ceremonies held in the Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Quezon City, former senator Dr. Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. said that safety issues on biotechnology should be dealt with by biotech scientists, who are experts on the field. He encouraged other stakeholders to help in public awareness about the GM crops guided by scientific knowhow.

One of the highlight activities of the NBW 2016 was the “Filipino Faces of Biotechnology” held on November 21 where nine esteemed scientists, farmers, and communicators working on biotech research and advocacy in the Philippines were awarded. The awardees were Dr. Saturnina Halos of DA-Policy; Dr. Desiree Hautea of UPLB; Dr. Benigno Peczon of the Coalition for Agriculture Modernization of the Philippines, Inc.; Dr. Nina Gloriani of the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines; Dr. Flerida Cariño of the DOST-Biosafety Committee; biotech corn farmers and advocates Rosalie Ellasus and Edwin Paraluman; and media experts/communicators Dr. Edith Burgos and Ms. Lyn Resurreccion of Business Mirror. Each was distinguished through his or her own passion and contribution to developments in biotech in the Philippines. All the awardees expressed the need to further new technologies and products of biotech in the country to address current and future needs and challenges in agriculture and food.

Government eyes rollout of 3-year agriculture degree program

The Commission on Higher Education (Ched) said it is mulling over the introduction of a three-year agriculture degree program to entice the Filipino youth to go into farming.

The agency bared this plan in a press conference to kick off the 12th National Biotechnology Week held in Quezon City on Monday.

“There’s a Ched proposal aiming to encourage the sons of farmers to venture into farming. We will have a degree for these farmers’ children, a three-year degree program,” Ched chief of Research Management Division Custer Deocaris told reporters.

Under the proposal, Deocaris said students will be taught farming-related theories in their freshman year. Students will spend their sophomore year in the field as part of their on-the-job (OJT) training. In their third and last year, students will devote their time on research or thesis focusing on agricultural entrepreneurship.

“At the end of the program, the face of our farmers will change. We are talking now with farmers with aspirations not just those who till the land, but farmers who also own the land,”
Deocaris said.

He said the Ched is now in talks with an Israel-based farm where the students under the said degree program could hold their OJT.

Another way to encourage the youth to go into farming, Deocaris said, is by increasing the number of techno-demo farms in the country as part of local universities’ extension programs.

He noted that the Ched provides a grant amounting to P125 million to identified national universities and colleges of agriculture and fisheries under the National Agriculture and Fisheries Education System.

Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) OIC Vivencio R. Mamaril said his office is already in talks with the Department of Education (DepEd) to reinstate gardening classes in the elementary level.

“This is part of the 10-point agenda of [Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol],” Mamaril said. “Currently, we [BPI and DepEd] are in the programming stage.”

He said gardening classes in the elementary level could be reinstated in academic year 2017-2018, while the training of teachers could start early next year.

With the return of the gardening classes in the elementary level, Mamaril said the government hopes to impart not only practical planting techniques but also scientific knowledge.

“We don’t only want the children to learn to count their harvest but we hope to incorporate biological and scientific knowledge, such as how to grow crops and why do they wither or die,” Mamaril said.

-Written by Jasper Y. Arcalas in BusinessMirror.  See article link here.

Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas is a graduate of the UST Journalism School (Batch 2016). He currently covers agribusiness for the BusinessMirror. He joined the news outfit in August 2016.

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.

DA spearheads National Biotechnology Week

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 (DA) will lead the 12th National Biotechnology Week (NBW), on Nov. 21 to 25 at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management in Visayas Ave., 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 week-long 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.

-Published in BusinessWorld via Pressreader.com.  See article link here.