Please be informed that NEW COMMON FORMATS for submission of Proposals and/or Reports to the DOST Biosafety Committee (DOST-BC) are now available. It is highly recommended that all proposals/reports to be submitted to the DOST-BC conform to the new common formats. Please submit your proposal(s) at least 60 days in advance of the proposed date of the project implementation.

The day the Special 13th Division of the Court of Appeals ordered to permanently stop all field experiments on the Bt eggplant or Bt ‘talong’ variety is a pitiful day for Filipino consumers and farmers, a huge setback to the struggling science community, and a serious curtailment of the academic freedom of the University of the Philippines. The CA order was a perverse application of the Writ of Kalikasan which intent is to assure the Filipino people of balanced and healthful ecology because this was precisely what the Bt talong research was trying to accomplish.

“Biosafety and the Law Training Course”, a three-day training organized by the Program for Biosafety Systems, in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Science and Technology Biosafety Committee and the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of the Philippines Los Banos was held from 21-23 July 2014.

Pyeongchang / Montreal, 29 September 2014. The seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on 
Biosafety (or COP-MOP 7) opened today at the Alpensia Convention Center in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. Delegates, including representatives from Government, civil society and industry, attended the 
opening session. The meeting is the first of three major biodiversity meetings being held in Pyeongchang.

In preparation of the upcoming Seventh Conference of Parties serving as meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 7), the Philippines conducted a series of consultations to acquire and capture the ideas and concerns of the Filipino community on biosafety issues and the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol.

The consultation served also as a venue to update major stakeholders on the progress and developments on the decisions made during the COP/MOP 6 in 2012 and discuss with them the draft country position on the outstanding and substantive issues in the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol. The results of the consultations shall form part of the country position that will be negotiated by the Philippine Delegation in the COP/MOP 7 scheduled on 29 September to 03 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.