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Vol. XXVI, 4th Quarter
October – December 2008


DOST, DA lead National Biotechnology Week

THE DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE and Technology introduced to the public its numerous and pioneering research and development efforts in biotechnology during the national Biotechnology Week that last November 24-28.

DOST and the Department of Agriculture co-chaired the weeklong celebration with activities held mostly at the University of the Philippines Institute of Small Scale Industries.

This year’s NBW carries the theme, “Making biotechnology work for you” underscoring the promotion of safe and responsible use of biotechnology and its products for equitable health services, sustainable food resources, safe and sustainable environment, and biotechnology industry development.

Presidential Proclamation No. 1414 has declared the National Biotechnology Week as an annual celebration held every last week of November.


DOST’s Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development lined up a series of activities that aimed to create and promote public awareness and understanding of biotechnology.

The event featured investors’ forum (Nov. 24), scientific forum on health, and on energy and environment (Nov. 25), scientific forum on agriculture and food industry, and educational forum on biotechnology (Nov. 26), training on DNA forensics for police officers (Nov. 27), and forum on the status and prospects of biotechnology in the Philippines (Nov. 28).

There were also product exhibits, trade fair, and film shows during the celebration organized by different DOST agencies.