Celso, academe forge biotechnology accord PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 March 2012 13:48

Mayor Celso Lobregat and representatives of the academic institutions together with other government agencies have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote biotechnology for local development and exploration of possible partnership for biotechnology application in agriculture.

The MOU was signed during the seminar on “Techno-Advantage: Harnessing the Power of Life”  held yesterday at the Garden Orchid Hotel, which was initiated by the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines (BCP) in coordination with Biotechnology for Life Media & Advocacy Resource Center and the College of Science and Mathematics of the Western Mindanao State University.

In signing the accord, Lobregat and the academe recognizes the government policy to promote safe and responsible use of biotechnology and its products as one of the several means to achieve and sustain food security, equitable access to health services, sustainable and safe environment and industry development.

“Biotechnology is critical in modern agriculture, sustains increased crop yield and farm productivity and generates investments in agriculture for more jobs,” Lobregat and the academicians declared in the agreement.

This, as the academic institutions are also mandated to do research and extension work with the activities of BCP forming part of their banner programs for calendar year 2012-2015 through the office of representative officials like Dr. Milabel Ho, vice president of WMSU- Research and Extension Development (RED) and deans of selected colleges.

The MOU calls for the conduct of information, education and advocacy activities such as seminars, workshops, symposiums; coordination with private sector for the promotion of biotechnology related industries, and; may in the future conduct capability training activities for local government units on development planning involving biotechnology.

It was further resolved that local executives take the lead in the active participation of various government and private sector in biotechnology activities.
Among those who signed the MOU aside from Lobregat and Dr. Ho were BCP Program Director Joel Paredes, DA Biotechnology Advisory Team Chair Dr. Saturnina Halos, Abraham Manalo of BCP, PCA  OIC-Department Head Ramon Rivera, and the deans of selected WMSU colleges, namely; Dr. Marilou Elago of CSM, Dr. Eriberto Salang of the College of Agriculture, Engr. Dante Jesus Villareal of the College of Engineering and Technology, Dr. Gloria Florendo of the College of Nursing, Prof. Dino Sabellina of the College of Forestry, Dr. Edgardo Rosales of the College of Education, Prof. Lucia Santos of the College of Home Economics and Dr. Rufina Cruz of the College of Social Sciences. — Vic Larato