To fully reap the benefits of innovations from biotechnology, Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV urged for creation of more policies to support biotech discoveries, development, and commercialization during his keynote speech at the 14th National Biotechnology Week on 13 November 2018 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. He was represented by Ms. Paola Deles, Policy Head of the Office of Sen. Bam Aquino.

Sen. Aquino, the Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, affirms the significant contributions of biotechnology in solving the country’s problems. According to Senator Aquino products of biotechnology have helped in fighting diseases through development of new methods and products to detect and treat them, feeding the hungry through boosting agricultural crop yield, and improving the environment through generation of clean energy, among others.

In particular, the Senator mentioned one of the researches funded by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCHRD) which deals with the decoding of leptospirosis and sepsis gene activities to improve present-day diagnosis and treatment methods of these two diseases. Leptospirosis and sepsis remain to be the most neglected infectious diseases in the country that needs to be addressed. Senator Aquino said, “Projects such as this is very promising because we can also apply the success of this research to find solutions in treating and diagnosing other diseases in the country.”

Despite the benefits of biotechnology, our country still faces the challenge of how research and investment can prosper, thus, a supportive research and regulatory environment should be created. Senator Aquino said, “Challenges in biotechnology must be seen as an opportunity to craft more policies and initiate more programs that would advance biotechnology’s ultimate goal of developing life-saving and sustainable technologies for every Filipino.” The Senator envisions an enabling research and policy environment where the government, academe, and private sector can work together to use their resources – knowledge, capital, commercialization expertise, to discover and bring to the Filipino people the products of government researches. The Senator also mentioned the importance of the newly passed, Balik Scientist Law, for the improvement of biotechnology researches. He explained that the law provides powerful incentives to Filipino scientists abroad who would like to return to the country to share their knowledge and expertise in different fields of Science. “With the help of the Balik Scientists, we can produce world class researches that could support policy making crucial to our national development agenda,” said Senator Aquino.

Right now, the Senator Bam Aquino and his colleague are currently working with the approval of the Senate Bill No. 1211 or the Philippine Space Act. This Act would be responsible for developing space science technology policies, implementing research and education programs, establishing industry linkages between private and public sector stakeholders, protection of national territory, natural resources accounting, and capacity building for telecommunications.

In the end, the Senator expresses his full support to DOST. “Let us build on the scope of what we have already achieved to realize a world at that is healthy and sustainable for future generations,” He said.

The National Biotechnology Week celebration is observed by virtue of Proclamation No. 1414 signed by Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on 9 November 2007. Among the other participating agencies include the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Pasay City, METRO MANILA- Heads up biotech community!

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in partnership with six executive departments of the government, will hold the 14th National Biotechnology Week celebration on 13-17 November 2018 at the World Trade Center Hall D, Pasay City. The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will lead DOST as the host of the celebration.

With the theme “Bioteknolohiya: Pambansang Hamon, Pambansang Solusyon,” the 14th NBW celebration will highlight the valuable role and potential benefits of biotechnology to agriculture and food security, nutrition and health, sustainable environment, and economic growth.  

According to PCHRD Executive Director and 14th NBW Chair Jaime Montoya, the event will also recognize how biotechnology is both a challenge and solution to our nation’s pressing problems.

The celebration is observed by virtue of Proclamation No. 1414 signed by Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on 9 November 2007. Among the other participating agencies include the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

I would like to invite everyone to visit the weeklong exhibit to learn the biotechnology programs of the government as well as the benefits of biotechnology studies, products, and services. I would also like to encourage everyone to share the news by using the event’s official hashtag #PinoyBiotech2018,” Dr. Montoya announced during the unfurling of the event at the DOST Flag Ceremony.  

The National Biotechnology Week’s registration is free! For more information and updates, visit the event’s official facebook page (@nbwphilippines)!

The 2nd Biennial Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) Conference to be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on November 27-28, 2018 is organized by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board in collaboration with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). The theme of the Conference is “Addressing Current Challenges in Health Research Ethics”.

Plenary and parallel sessions will be held during the two-day conference to provide all stakeholders the opportunity to focus on specific areas from their own perspective and experiences.

STEP 1: Registration:

For request of individual letters of invitation, kindly provide the following details at
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1. Complete name (with title if Dr., Atty., etc.)
2. Position
3. Department/Division
4. Institution
5. E-mail address
6. Contact No.

STEP 2: Payment:
To pay for the registration fee, please take note of the following details:

Account Name: PCHRD
Account Number: 1822-1032-07 (LANDBANK OF THE PHILIPPINES)
Registration fee
• Professional: PHP 6,000.00
• Undergraduate Student: PHP 3,000.00

Mode of Payment
• Bank Deposit (Over the Counter) – one deposit slip per person only

STEP 3: Confirmation:

To confirm your registration, please do the following:

Step 1: Upload scanned image of your validated deposit slip with full name of the attendee and school ID (for undergraduate students only) in the link that will be sent to you by PCHRD Events Invitation.

Step 2: Bring your validated deposit slip during the conference to claim your acknowledgement receipt.

Kindly pay and confirm on or before 16 November 2018. This is to give us enough time to prepare for your meals and kits.

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THE LEADERS IN INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Filipino researchers who qualify for the LIF program will spend a focused period of training and coaching in the United Kingdom. They will attend master classes given by Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and enjoy opportunities for international networking.

The minimum requirement for researchers to qualify for LIF 5: Their technology should have received prior funding from the Philippine Department of Science and Technology.

A postgraduate certificate program established in 2014, LIF creates international networks of innovators, expert mentors, and technology entrepreneurs. On their return to the Philippines, LIF Fellows continue to benefit from ongoing training and support to push their commercialization plan forward.

Leaders in Innovation Fellowship is part of the Newton Agham Programme, a collaboration between the UK and Philippine governments to bolster science, research, and innovation. The LIF program is delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering in partnership with the Philippine Department of Science and Technology and the Asian Institute of Management.

WHAT IS NEWTON AGHAM?

The Newton Agham (Science) Programme is a collaboration between the UK and the Philippines to advance science, research, and innovation. The UK Government, through its embassy in the Philippines, works with UK delivery partners and Philippine science and innovation institutions to implement programs that strengthen science and innovation capacity.

Partner institutions include the Department of Science and Technology and the Commission on Higher Education. UK delivery partners working in the Philippines include the British Council, Medical Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Research Councils UK, and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Globally, the UK government launched the Newton Fund in 2014, a £735-million fund to support science and innovation partnerships with emerging knowledge economies. The Fund is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance and covers three broad categories of activity.

  • People – Increasing capacity in science and innovation, individually and institutionally, in partner countries
  • Programs – Research collaborations on development topics
  • Translation – Creating collaborative solutions to development challenges and strengthening innovation systems

HOW IT WORKS

LIF is a multi-phase program delivered over 12 months. It is a multi-sectoral partnership among top institutions in the UK and the Philippines in the fields of science, innovation, and leadership management.

The Fellowship is open to all academic researchers across the country and Technology Transfer Officers with DOST-funded technology, who are in the process of developing a business plan for their technology or innovation. While the most ideal candidates are those who have tested their idea in the market, candidates who are on the cusp of commercialization may also be considered.

The Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will accept applications from scientists, academic researchers, and technology innovators across the country. A DOST planning council, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development, will be the primary implementing and monitoring arm for the duration of the program.

HOW TO APPLY

Fill out the Online Application Form.

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