By: Estrella Z. Gallardo
With the theme “Pambansang Hamon, Pambansang Solusyon,” the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) led the 2018 National Biotechnology Week (NBW) celebration on 13-17 November 2018 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, together with various national government agencies.
Various activities that included trainings, film showing, and biotech symposium have been conducted by participating agencies.
“In recent years, our scientists and different R&D (research and development) institutions have managed to discover new knowledge, products, and services on how different applications of biotechnology could help in various sectors such as agriculture, healthcare services, disaster preparedness management, and environmental conservation,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña.
Sec. de la Peña also said that celebrating NBW will give opportunity for everyone to demonstrate how collaboration among universities, the private sector, other government agencies, and the public can create new products and services that can benefit everyone.
Various science and technology (S&T) fora, biotech jingle and Sabayang Bigkas competitions, S&T career talk, science journalism writeshop, National Farmers’ Congress, and a healthcare forum were also conducted during the 2018 NBW, five day celebration.
Other government agencies and organizations that participated in the 14th National Biotechnology Week were the Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Trade and Industry International Rice Research Institute, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, UP Los Baños, Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines, Commission on Higher Education, and the University of the Philippines Diliman-National Institute of Molecular Biotechnology and Biology.
Created by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 1414, NBW is being 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.
For more information, visit and like NBW’s Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/nbwphilippines/.