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Paving the way towards economic and social benefits using Science and Technology - The Department of Science and Technology Biosafety Committee (DOST-BC) initiated the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG for the development of a guidance document on contained use and importation of Genetically Modified (GM) Fish.

Paving the way towards economic and social benefits using Science and Technology - The Department of Science and Technology Biosafety Committee (DOST-BC) initiated the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG for the development of a guidance document on contained use and importation of Genetically Modified (GM) Fish.

On its meeting last 15 January 2020, the TWG discussed and agreed to hold a special meeting with the technical experts to further revise the draft guidance document initially prepared by the TWG. The technical experts were expected to review the different methods for the decontamination of fish ponds and aquarium facilities, possible sources of materials required for decontamination, and model structures for aquarium and tank facilities. These precautionary measures would ensure containment and safeguard against the possible escape of the GM fish outside of its contained facility.

Furthermore, Ms. Lorelie U. Agbagala, DOST Assistant Scientist and NCBP Head Secretariat informed the group that she met with the Fishbase team at IRRI to solicit additional information relevant to the group’s endeavor.

Another matter that was discussed was the initial review of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources's existing guidelines on the accreditation and importation of fish and other aquatic resources.

The meeting was attended by the DOST, Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and University of the Philippines, Diliman representatives. #