Celso cites significance of biotech at BIOTA gab PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 March 2013 10:51

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday cited the significance of biotechnology in a world of fast-changing and fast-evolving technology, stressing that the science of life nowadays is faced with multi-faceted challenges that human beings have to content with in order to survive.

“In a nutshell, what we were yesterday, what we are today and what we will become tomorrow will depend to a large extent on how we live and adapt to biotechnology,” Lobregat stressed in his message during the opening program of the 11th BIOTA Regional Convention and Scientific Sessions yesterday morning at the Celebrity Hall of Grand Astoria Hotel.

He said the three-day event comes at the time when the Department of Education is bent on implementing the K-12 Strategy in the basic education system. “At the same time, you come altogether to keep yourselves updated on the latest trends about the science of biology or the science of life.”

The participants, mostly biology teachers from different schools in the region, will undergo many activities aimed at harnessing their knowledge and skills in transformative education, research outsourcing and biosafety.

“More often than not, the biotechnology which we thought can make our lives easy is the very same biotechnology that could make our lives miserable if we do not take the necessary safety nets- thus, biosafety comes to fore,” Lobregat said.

He also did not fail to point out that his administration had implemented and completed P1.3-billion worth of education related projects over the last six years alone, among which is the ongoing construction of a P22-million Science Park at Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca.

“If you have science interactive exhibits, you are most welcome to display them at the Science Park (once it is completed) very soon,” the mayor said to a rousing applause from the participants.

Also present during the program were Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Director Dr. Emmylou B. Yanga, Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) President Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho, WMSU College of Science and Mathematics Dean Dr. Marilou Elago, who is also the convention chair, Biology Teachers Association of the Philippines (BIOTA) National President Dr. Jessamyn Marie Yazon, Councilors Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar and Rudy Lim. — Vic Larato