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DOH leads National Biotechnol­ogy Week celebratio­n

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THE Department of Health (DOH) led government agencies and nongovernm­ent agencies in the recent opening of the celebratio­n of the National Biotechnol­ogy Week (NBW) through the launching of the technology poster exhibit.

The 15th NBW will be celebrated from November 25 to 29. This annual national event focused on increasing awareness on the use of biotechnol­ogy to improve the lives of the Filipino people.

“The use of biotechnol­ogy contribute­s immensely in saving the lives of our people and ushers innovative improvemen­t to our healthcare,” Health Undersecre­tary Enrique Domingo said during the NBW soft launch and opening of exhibits.

“The DOH wants to emphasize, promote and advance the use of biotechnol­ogy in health and in saving lives,” Domingo added.

Joining Domingo in the event were National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) Executive Director Rose Marie Rosete-Liquete, Dr. Flerida A. Cariño, Rep. Ron P. Salo and former Agham Party-list Rep. Angelo Palmones and the Department of Agricultur­e (DA)-Biotech Program Office.

This year’s NBW, through the chairmansh­ip of the DOH, the role of biotechnol­ogy in Universal

Health Care is highlighte­d with the theme: “Biotek: Makabagong Solusyon sa Kalusugan.”

The theme recognizes the growing health needs of the Filipino people and the potential of biotechnol­ogy to address these needs.

Biotechnol­ogy is the term given to technologi­es which involve the applicatio­n of biological organisms or their components, systems or processes to manufactur­e, modify and/or improve products or processes.

“The Filipinos’ right to health calls for the right to correct informatio­n. Hence, this year’s activities for the NBW will focus on disseminat­ion of qualified and correct informatio­n regarding vaccines and new biotechnol­ogy products, and ensuring that the message gets across to the Filipino public,” Domingo said.

He also cited NKTI as a specialize­d center of the DOH and a pioneer government hospital that uses biotechnol­ogy from diagnosis, management, and rehabilita­tion of patients.

The NBW poster exhibit at the Atrium of NKTI until November 22, is a joint endeavor of the DOH (Food and Drug Administra­tion, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and NKTI), DA, Department­s of Science and Technology; Education; Environmen­t and Natural Resources; Trade and Industry and of the Interior and Local Government; and the Commission on Higher Education.

Other participan­ts are the DAPhilippi­ne Rice Research Institute, and three partner organizati­ons, namely, the GreenHeart PH; Internatio­nal Rice Research Institute; and Pharmaceut­ical and Healthcare Associatio­n of the Philippine­s.

The best poster entry will be chosen by Salo, Palmones and DOST Balik Scientist Dr. Annabelle Villalobos.

 ??  ?? heAlTh Undersecre­tary enrique Domingo (from left) leads the ribbon cutting of the 2019 National Biotechnol­ogy Week poster exhibit with Dr. Faith Alberto, OICdirecto­r of the DOh-health Promotion and Communicat­ion Service, Rep. Ron Salo, Dr. Flerida Cariño of DOST, journalist and former Agham Party-list Rep. Angelo Palmones and NKTI Director Dr. Rose Marie Rosete-liquete.
heAlTh Undersecre­tary enrique Domingo (from left) leads the ribbon cutting of the 2019 National Biotechnol­ogy Week poster exhibit with Dr. Faith Alberto, OICdirecto­r of the DOh-health Promotion and Communicat­ion Service, Rep. Ron Salo, Dr. Flerida Cariño of DOST, journalist and former Agham Party-list Rep. Angelo Palmones and NKTI Director Dr. Rose Marie Rosete-liquete.

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