Biotech Updates

PH Judiciary Officials Get Updates on Biotech Regulations

May 4, 2022

A total of 215 participants, mostly from the judiciary branch of the Philippine government, participated in the Webinar on Biotechnology and Regulation in the Philippines on April 29, 2022, via Zoom. The webinar, which was also attended by some international members of the general public, was a collaborative event organized by ISAAA Inc. and Winrock International through the Building Safe Agricultural Food Enterprises (B-SAFE) Project.

The program started with the keynote message by Dr. Rhodora V. Azanza, President of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and Chair of the Technical Working Group (TWG) for the revision of the Joint Department Circular No. 1 Series of 2016 (JDC 1). She provided a brief background of the process of revising the JDC 1. The JDC 1 was reviewed by five different government departments namely the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, and Department of Interior and Local Government, and was eventually signed by the respective Secretaries.

Dr. Rhodora Romero-Aldemita, Executive Director of ISAAA Inc., presented about biotech products, applications, and benefits in the global and Philippine contexts. The presentation provided an overview of the latest biotechnology updates around the world and tackled products in the pipeline by different countries, and the latest developments in biotech research in the Philippines. Mr. Reimond Corona, Project Senior Technical Specialist of the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (NCBP), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) discussed the Philippine Biotechnology Regulatory System which included not just the provisions of the JDC 1 but NCBP's Resolution 001 Series of 2020 on the Regulation of Plant and Plant Products Derived From the Use of Plant Breeding Innovations or New Plant Breeding Techniques.

After the open discussions, Mr. Ryan Bedford, Foreign Service Officer at the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service of the Office of Agricultural Affairs in Manila, Philippines, gave the event's closing remarks.

Visit the ISAAA website to learn more about the upcoming webinars.

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