Biotech Updates

Public Participates in Golden Rice Consultations in PH

July 25, 2018

The scheduled public consultations for the field trial of GR2E Golden Rice in the Philippines have been completed. The local government units of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija and San Mateo, Isabela have engaged the public in the consultation on July 18 and 19 to allow community members to ask questions about the proposed field trial and submit their comments to DA-BPI.

Project leader Dr. Reynante Ordonio said, "This empowers the communities to participate responsibly in a critical biosafety decision-making process. The communities will be provided with all the information about the project and Golden Rice, which were also posted in the community's most accessible areas."

The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is the government agency that leads the development of Golden Rice in the Philippines. PhilRice applied for a biosafety permit to conduct field trials on February 28, 2017 following the requirements of the Joint Department Circular No. 1 series of 2016.

For more details, read the news release from PhilRice.