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Ensuring that the best available science is utilized in assessing the safety of all activities and products brought by modern biotechnology has always been a top priority for the country. Thus, in 1990, Executive Order 430 was issued to establish a system that will ensure the safety of experiments involving genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This was further strengthened with the issuance of Executive Order 514 in 2006, establishing the National Biosafety Framework. This has delineated the responsibilities of government agencies engaged in biosafety assessment of GMOs and preparing for other types of GMOs other than agricultural crops. 

In 2009, Department of Science and Technology Biosafety Committee (DOST-BC) was established. Along with the Biosafety Committees of the Departments of Agriculture; Health; and the Environment and Natural Resources, the NBF was created ‚Äč in order for concerned government departments to better respond to the challenges presented by the rapid advancements in modern biotechnology. 

The DOST-BC is primarily responsible for the conduct of the first level of assessment of all GMO experiments undertaken under contained use and confined tests. Moreover, it oversees the implementation of approved projects by ensuring that the biosafety measures prescribed by the Committee are strictly adhered by the proponents. Enforcement of biosafety measures are done in coordination with the Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs).

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), as the premiere science and technology body in the country, shall take the lead in ensuring that the best available science is utilized and applied in adopting biosafety policies, measures and guidelines, and in making biosafety decisions. The DOST shall ensure that such policies, measures, guidelines and decisions are made on the basis of scientific information that is of the highest quality, multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed, and consistent with international standards as they evolve. In coordination with other concerned departments and agencies, and consistent with the requirements of transparency and public participation as provided in Sections 6 and 7 of the NBF, it shall exercise such jurisdiction and other powers that it has been conferred with under existing laws. It shall also take the lead in evaluating and monitoring regulated articles intended for contained use.

The Committee is composed of thirteen (13) members with representatives coming from the four competent national agencies namely DOST, DA, DENR and DOH. Practicing scientists and Community representatives are also included as members of the Committee to produce well-formed and efficient assessments on the implementation of biosafety guidelines. The DOST BC is assisted by a Secretariat that provides organizational and technical support.

DR. JAIME C. MONTOYA
Chairman 

Executive Director
Philippine Council for Health Research & Development (PCHRD)
3/F DOST Main Bldg., DOST Compound, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City
DOST Trunk Line : (02) 837 2071 to 82 Local 2110
Telephone number/s: (02) 837 2942
Fax number: (02) 837 2924
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DR. DOLORES A. RAMIREZ
Biological Scientist
 

DR. FLERIDA A. CARIÑO
Physical Scientist

MR. JOSE MARIA A. OCHAVE, ESQ.
Legal Expert

DR. PRECIOSA CORAZON PABROA
Environmental Scientist

DR. LEONARDO A. GONZALES
Community Representative
MR. VIVENCIO R. MAMARIL
DA Representative

MS. MA. LORELEI U. AGBAGALA
Official Alternate of Mr. Vivencio R. Mamaril
Post Entry Quarantine Office (PEQS-BPI)

DR. HENRY A. ADORNADO
DENR Representative
MS. VERONICA O. SINOHIN
Official Alternate of Dr. Henry A. Adornado
ASEC AGNETTE P. PERALTA
DOH Representative
MS. PILAR MARILYN P. PAGAYUNAN
Official Alternate of ASEC Agnette P. Peralta
DR. REYNALDO V. EBORA
DOST Representative
MS. JULIETA FE L. ESTACIO
Head Secretariat

 


         

The DOST-BC is responsible for the review and assessment of information related to regulated articles intended for:

·Contained Experiments of GMOs – Laboratory, Screenhouse, Greenhouse, Glasshouse

·Confined Experiments of GMOs - Confined Tests (CT)