Biotech Updates

USDA GAIN Releases Philippine Biotechnology Update

September 21, 2016

The USDA Global Agricultural Information Network released an update of the current status of biotechnology in the Philippines. The report highlights the final ruling issued by the Philippine Supreme Court on August 18, 2016, which reversed its December 8, 2015 decision to stop the field testing, propagation, commercialization, and importation of GE products in the country. The final ruling also validated the new Join Department Circular (JDC), replacing the Administrative Order No. 8 of the Department of Agriculture. According to the report, the delays in the process of biosafety applications brought about by the changes in regulation may cause interruption in the delivery and utilization of important feed ingredients imported from other countries and hinder the competitiveness of Philippine livestock and poultry industries.

Read the Philippine Biotechnology Update from USDA GAIN.