BAYBAY CITY, Leyte –Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) has a very important role in delivering excellent extension service to the clientele. Of which, they are also expected to have a good understanding on agricultural biotechnology and how products are regulated to answer issues and concerns. Further, they are expected to learn better about climate change, what biotechnology and organic agriculture can do to slow down its progress, and what biotechnology can do to address its impacts.
To address this, ATI-RTC 8 in coordination with the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines (BOP), conducted a 1-day webinar for the extension workers. Discussions include Classical to Modern Biotechnology Application, Modern Agricultural Biotechnology: Issues & Concerns & its Regulations and Climate Change, Modern Biotechnology & Organic Agriculture.
One of the resource persons was Dr. Saturnina de la Cruz Halos. She is considered one of the pillars of Philippine Biotechnology and helped craft biosafety policies including the first national biosafety policy- Executive Order No. 8 ser 2002, subsequent issuances and Executive Order 514 series of 2006 adapting the National Biosafety Framework. Another resource person was Ms. Merle B. Palacpac, former Chief of the National Plant Quarantine Service Division of the Bureau of Plant Industry at the Department of Agriculture.
A 15-minute open forum, 15-minute quiz, and discussion were implemented was done.
Fifteen agricultural extension workers and municipal agriculturists from various municipalities in the region joined the 1-day activity entitled “Strengthening the Capability of Agricultural Extension System for Agricultural Biotechnology” on August 12, 2020 via Zoom. (With reports from EB Cayago)