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The 5 “Ks”: 13th National Biotechnology Week

13th NBW at Fisher Mall Expo Hall

The 13th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) kicked off last November 20, 2017, at the Fisher Mall Expo Hall, in Quezon City.

Different national agencies headed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will both lead the celebration and other participating agencies include the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

The theme of the 13th NBW is  “Bioteknolohiya para sa Kalikasan, Kalusugan, Kagandahan, Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran: Lamang ang Masa at Magsasaka sa Limang “K” ng Bioteknolohiya,”

Dr. Segfredo Serrano, DA’s undersecretary for Policy & Planning said the weeklong celebration will highlight the beneficial application of biotechnology in food and agriculture, health and wellness, and environmental conservation through technology exhibits, trade fair, seminars and for a for teachers, students, farmers and consumers

The DOST will spearhead the activities with regards to “Food Evolution” health topics, a biotechnology forum, an agriculture forum and even film showings in UP Diliman.

Most of the DOST activities will be held at the Brentwood Suites. This aims to disseminate DOST’s role in biotechnology and innovation.

There is also a Luzon Farmers’ Congress, Risk Assessment and Food Safety and consultations with DA Officials, for a for teachers and students and the annual Jonas Burgos Jr. Awards for Biotechnology Journalism.

The Keynote Speaker for the 13th NBW is Deputy House Speaker Rep. Sharon Garin that emphasized the importance of Biotechnology in national food security.

The 13th NBW will be from Nov. 20 – 24, 2017.

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