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PIA Press Release
2009/02/23

Negros OPA conducts training on detecting living GMOs

Negros Occidental (23 February) -- Twenty deputized inspectors participated in the Training on Detection Skillshare for Inspectors on Living Genetically-Modified Organisms (LGMO) at the Governor's Conference Hall, Provincial Capitol Building recently.

Participants of the two-day training were composed of members of the GMO Ban Oversight Committee from the academe, non-government organizations, national government agencies, and local government units.

Provincial Agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan gave a message on strengthening advocacy for organic agriculture for health and safety. "The heavy use of pesticides in crops and drugs in poultry are among the reasons why there is a high incidence of illness," Tabianan said.

The training was conducted by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in line with the enforcement of the Provincial Ordinance on banning LGMO entry in the province.

Daniel Ocampo of Greenpeace talked on the "What's and Why's of GMO" and "GMO Detection: Why Test and Who Should Test?" Ocampo discussed the different methods of GMO Testing, Strengths and Weaknesses of GMO Testing, and Sampling Techniques.

Atty. Lee Aruelo of the Third World Network, an NGO actively involved in Sustainable Agriculture, lectured on the "Bio-Safety and the Myth of Co-existence". She said she will help in the drafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the provincial ordinance.

Provincial Board Members Adolfo Mangao and Enrique Lacson, chairmen of the Committees of Agriculture and Food Security, respectively, participated in the training as advocates of organic agriculture.

Deputized Inspector Corazon Galon of the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian emphasized that commitment is necessary in this kind of job because the moral standard of the inspectors are at stake. (OPA/PIA/EAD) [top]

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