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Women's Groups Enlightened on Modern Biotech in the Philippines

October 19, 2016

More than a hundred officials and members of women's and consumer groups, Pasig City government officials and constituents, and students and faculty of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig learned about modern biotech, its science, safety, benefits, and products in the pipeline in the Philippines during the seminar-workshop "Women and biotechnology" held on September 26, 2016 in Pasig City. The activity aimed to enhance their awareness and appreciation on the applications of modern biotechnology, and the impact of biotechnology products on women's concerns. Resource persons include Philippine Genome Center-Agriculture Program Deputy Director, Dr. Maribel Zaporteza; UP Manila College of Public Health professor, Dr. Nina Gloriani; and Bt eggplant study leader from the University of the Philippines, Dr. Lourdes Taylo. Biotech corn farmer-leader Rosalie Ellasus also shared her experience as a lady farmer and biotech advocate.

The activity was organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture - Biotechnology Information Center (SEARCA BIC), Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS) Philippines, Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines (BCP), and the Gender and Development (GAD) Wellness Center of the Municipality of Pasig.

For more information about biotechnology in the Philippines, visit the SEARCA BIC website.