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The Department Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through its research arm, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) led other government and other partner agencies in opening this year’s weeklong celebration of the National Biotechnology Week (NBW) on November 23, 2020 at the SEARCA Auditorium in Los Baños, Laguna. 

Other organizers involved in coming up with the celebration are the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the Department of Education (DepEd).

In line with the current events and the demand for adaptation under the new normal, this year’s theme is “BIOTEKNOLOHIYA: Pagbangon at Pag-Asa tungo sa Matatag na Komunidad, Kapaligiran at Ekonomiya”. The 16th NBW will be held from November 23-27, 2020. Due the current pandemic, all activities will be held virtually.

In his welcome remarks DENR-ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado emphasized the importance of biotechnology in our daily lives. He also identified the different contributions of biotechnology to society. He thanked all the participating agencies for joining the event in coming up with a simple but meaningful celebration.

Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr., DENR Undersecretary for Legal, Administration, Human Resources and Legislative Affairs encouraged the public to support biotechnology as he gave the keynote message in behalf of the DENR Secretary Hon.  Roy A. Cimatu.

A press conference through Zoom application followed after the opening program. This was participated by the heads of different participating agencies.

The rest of the week-long activities of the different participating agencies will be livestreamed through the National Biotechnology Week Facebook page, DENR and ERDB websites. These will include webinars, fora and video presentations.

A unified virtual exhibit of technologies was prepared by the Department of Science and Technology-Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) through the NBW Exhibit Committee. It can be viewed through the 16th NBW website.

The virtual exhibit was organized with the involvement of the eight (8) participating departments and other partner agencies like UPLB Biotech, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).

Other activities include the “Enviotech” Video Contest for High School Students and Envio-blogging Contest.. A built-in activity called “Enviotalk” will also be livestreamed on NBW Facebook page on November 25, 2020 at 2:00 PM. The “Enviotalk” is an activity of the NBW celebration which highlights the contributions of biotechnology in addressing environmental issues in the country.

Cash prizes and certificates of recognition will be awarded in the closing ceremony on November 27, 2020. Marla V. Cambay, TTD



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