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True to its mandate, the Department of Science and Technology-Biosafety Committee (DOST-BC) starts the year 2020 on a high note. The DOST-BC convened for its 127th meeting last 25 January 2020 at the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.

The center of discussion during the meeting was the completed reports on experiments conducted by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Nippon Steel Engineering, the activity report submitted by Syngenta Phil. Inc. and a request for extension of biosafety permit for a project undertaken by the University of the Philippines in Los Baños.

After reviewing the reports and other submitted documents, the new Head Secretariat of the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (NCBP) and DOST-BC were introduced, together with the new members of the DOST-BC Secretariat.

The meeting was chaired by Dr. Dolorez A. Ramirez, and it was attended by Dr. John M. Malabad, Dr. Violeta N. Villegas, Dr. Flerida A. Cariño, Dr. Eizadora T. Yu, Dr. Preciosa Pabroa, Atty. Celeste Cembrano-Mallari, Dr. Leonardo A. Gonzales, Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, Dr. Cesar Quicoy, Dr. Marilyn Q. Lalican, Atty. Allison T. Samonte, Ms. Mayumi Quintos-Natividad and Ms. Abigail O. Retuta. #