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. #
With the implementation of ISO 9001:2015 quality assurance standards in the DOST Biosafety Committee (DOST-BC), the process for approval of applications for contained use of GMOs is streamlined to facilitate the decision-making process.
In June 2018, the Department of Science and Technology – Central Office (DOST-CO) has been awarded ISO certification. The processing of application for the conduct of research involving GMOs under contained use of the DOST-BC is one of the frontline services of the DOST included in the DOST-CO’s scope for ISO certification. The DOST-BC set a Quality Objective to ensure that 100% of the received proposals are reviewed, evaluated, and results are released within 60 working days.
- Name of Institution
University of the Philippines-Los Banos (UPLB)
- Date of Approval
Aug. 20, 2016
OVCRE Main Office, 3F UPLB Main Library, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna
- Telephone Number
- Fax Number
- Email Address
Dr. Marian P. De Leon Member and BSO