MANILA – In partnership with six other executive department agencies of the government, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will observe the 14h National Biotechnology Week celebration on 13-17 November 2018 at the World Trade Center Hall D, Pasay City. The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will lead DOST as the host of the celebration.
Through its theme “Bioteknolohiya: Pambansang Hamon, Pambansang Solusyon,” the 14th NBW celebration will highlight the valuable role and potential benefits of biotechnology to agriculture and food security nutrition and health, sustainable environment, and economic growth.
According to PCHRD Executive Director and 14h NBW chair, Dr. Jaime Montoya, the event will also recognize how biotechnology is botha challenge and solution to our nation’s pressing problems. This was conceived in response to calls for increased and heightened public awareness on biotechnology.
“I would like to invite everyone to visit the weeklong exhibits to learn more about the biotechnology programs of the government, as well as the benefits of biotechnology studies, products, and services. I would also like to encourage everyone to share the news by using the event’s official hashtag #PinoyBiotech2018,” Dr. Montoya announced during the Pre-NBW press conference at the DOST-PaGaSA Amihan Conference Room in Quezon City on November 7.
In photo: Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña,
Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Segfredo R. Serrano
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Pena, and Agriculture Undersecretary Segfredo R. Serrano, also echoed the said invitation to the public.
Mandated under Presidential Proclamation No. 1414, NBW is celebrated every third week of November to highlight the many contributions of biotechnology to agriculture and food security, equitable health care services,development of industries and business enterprises, sustainable environment, economic development among others.
In photo: PCHRD Executive Director and 14th NBW Chair Jaime Montoya
The 5-day event will focus on and highlight the latest developments and emerging trends in the field of biotechnology.
Publisher Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI) president Nelson Santos has assured DOST their group will also echo the messages of the 5-day event, and the latest developments and emerging trends in the field of biotechnology.
Registration for the National Biotechnology Week’s programs is free! For more information and updates, visit the event’s official facebook page (@nbwphilippines)!