Monday, November 19, 2018 08:04 AM    Views : 223by:Jenny Leigh A. Daquioag

This year's theme for the celebration of the 2018 National Biotechnology Week, "Pambansang Hamon, Pambansang Solusyon", befitted the two presentations in the forum sponsored by the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) – Communicating Basic Research Results to the People held last November 15, 2018, at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Members of the NRCP Division of Biological Sciences, Dr. Nelly S. Aggangan, UPLB Biotech Scientist and Dr. Doralyn Dalisay, DOST Balik Scientist, presented the results of their research projects, respectively, Greening Mined-out Areas and Marine Sediment-Derived Actinobacteria: New Vista for Natural Products Discovery in the Philippines.

Dr. Aggangan presented the immediate impact of her project on the environment and in particular to the people and the community as well. She said that the results give a world-class solution to the long-time problem on rehabilitating mined-out areas.

Scientist Aggangan project has able to re-green the brown and barren mine tailing area which are rendered barren with infertile soil due to the toxic effects of heavy metals. She showed her concern to the nearby mined-out communities as she pulls more attention to rehabilitate the mined-out areas.


Dr. Dalisay, for her part, shared her research journey with the members of her team in the discovery of marine actinobacteria from 27 islands across the Philippine archipelago. She said that the development of antibiotics that will counter multi-drug resistant bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas is very promising and the actinobacteria compounds from marine sediments will soon change medical practice and the antibiotics landscape.

"It's about time that DOST consider funding more basic research as there are still too many to explore," Dr. Dalisay emphasized.

In opening message, Dr. Arvin C. Diesmos, NRCP Governing Board and Division V Chair, said that the research-based information generated by the researchers will be useful and stir new or even further research. While Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay, in her closing remarks, reiterated the importance of basic research in generating new knowledge for crafting science-based policies and applied researches.

The forum was participated by more than 100 from Ecosystems Research and Development, ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, Forest Products Research and Development Institute, University of Batangas, BIOTECH UPLB, Pamantasan Lungsod ng Maynila, Laguna Lake Development Authority, School of Environmental Science and Management, Philippine Council for Industry Energy and Emerging and Research and Development, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Cavite State University, Metro Agri-Community Association, House of Representatives Quezon City, and Committee on Agrarian Reform.

The NBW is a weeklong celebration of the Department of Science and Technology virtue of Proclamation No. 1414 signed by Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on 9 November 2007


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