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National Biotechnology Week on Nov 24-28 highlights Filipino biotechnology

Tacloban City (November 24) -- The country is celebrating the 4th National Biotechnology Week on November 24-28, 2008 pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1414 issued by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

This year's National Biotechnology Week activities will revolve around the theme "Making Biotechnology Work for You," with the opening ceremony to be conducted at the Institute of Small Scale Industries at the University of the Philippines at Diliman, Quezon City.

National Biotechnology Week is an annual undertaking aimed at highlighting Filipino Biotechnology and enhancing its application to reach government's targets on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly, fight poverty, enhance human development and build prosperity for the greatest number of Filipino people.

This week-long event is a concerted initiative with other government agencies such as Department of Science and Technology, Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Health, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Department of Trade and Industry, as well as organizations from the private sector.

It is the policy of the Government to promote safe and responsible use of modern 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 sustains increased crop yields and farm productivity, and enhances the quality, value, and sustainability of crops for food and other uses.

Biotechnology has delivered benefits to the environment including protection of water quality, conservation of topsoil, improvement of waste management techniques, reduction of chemical pesticide usage, production of renewable energy and biotechnology-based products, and cleaner manufacturing processes.

Biotechnology has been helping in the speedy and fair administration of justice through forensic DNA analysis and similar DNA technologies.

The Biotechnology Week Committee is composed of the Secretaries of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Health, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Education. (PIA 8) [top]

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