DENR to host celebration of National Biotechnology Week 2011

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is hosting this year’s celebration of the National Biotechnology Week (NBW) at its head office in Quezon City from November 21-26, 2011.

DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said the week-long celebration is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1414 issued in 2007 to promote the safe and responsible use of modern biotechnology and its products to achieve food security, equitable access to health service, sustainable and safe environment and industry development.

Anchored on the theme: "Bioteknolohiya para sa Kalikasan, Kalusugan, Kagandahan, Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran. Ok ang 5K sa Biotech: Suportahan at Tangkilikin Natin!”  Paje said the event will put together some of the country’s best minds and undertakings  in biotechnology with the end in view of making biotechnology available and understandable to the general public.

“The whole event will provide an opportunity for the public to learn first-hand that biotechnology can be as much a part of the average Filipino’s daily life as it is in medical care, crop production and businesses,” Paje said.  

He also said that biotechnology can greatly help reduce stresses on the country’s natural environment as it can also harness nature to make the environmental safer, stronger and more productive.  

“Already, biotechnologists have identified organisms that feed on toxic algae, chlorinated solvents, and heavy metals, making them valuable for pollution control,” Paje said.

The first day of the 6-day celebration (Monday, Nov. 21) will be highlighted by the following activities:  The DENR chief will give the opening remarks, to be followed by the keynote speech of guest speaker, Senator Edgardo Angara, chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology.  

Also expected to grace the occasion are heads of other member-agencies of NBW Committee to include the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Department of Health (DOH).  Together, the agency heads will join DENR Secretary Paje in officially declaring the opening of the 2011 NBW Week Celebration, as well as in opening the NBW Photo Exhibit to the public.

The afternoon of Nov. 21 is slated for the conduct of the poster presentation contest to be handled by the DA.

Activities lined up for Nov. 22 (Tuesday) include scientific seminars and forums highlighting biotechnology research, development and applications on topics such as “Tools and Techniques in Genomics Research,” “Checking Water Quality using Microarray Technology,” “Screening Genetic Defects in Livestock using Molecular Method,” “Pharma from the Seas:  Anti-pain, Anti-cancer Substances,” “Getting Rid of Heavy Metals,” Bio-ozonation for Recycling Water and Combating Harmful Algal Blooms.

On Nov. 23 (Wednesday), the DOH is expected to lead in the day’s public forum on Healthcare Biotechnology, Food Safety, Dengue Control and Management, Biolarvicidal Product against Dengue Mosquito, Development of GM Mosquito and Development of Tetravalent Dengue Vaccine.

On Nov. 24 (Thursday), a seminar on golden rice and a scientific forum on biotechnology for communicators will be handled by Biotechnology for Life Media and Advocacy Resource Center, while DA will tackle how to bring innovations from laboratories to market.  The presentation of the Jose G. Burgos Awards for Biotech Journalism is also slated on this day to give due recognition to media for their outstanding contribution in pushing the frontiers of scientific inquiry through their writings.

Friday (Nov. 25) will be highlighted by a business forum to be handled by the DTI, to be followed by a scientific forum on environment and natural resources by the DENR.  Also set for discussion during the day are topics on phytoremediation for a greener and cleaner environment, the application of biotechnology in solid waste and of bioremediation in polluted rivers.  A national biotechnology education conference for teachers shall simultaneously be conducted during the day at the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority Convention Hall, also located along Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. 

The closing and awarding ceremonies will be held at 1 o’clock in the afternoon of Nov. 26 (Saturday).  Prior to this, representatives of the eight member-agencies of NBW Committee will conduct a review of Presidential Proclamation No. 1414.

 




Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje rallied last week his field officials to ensure the success of the National Greening Program, saying the program has full support of the President.

    “There is no reason to fail considering that President Aquino has amply given all the support this program (NGP) needs to succeed,” Paje told the regional executive directors (REDs),  regional technical directors, and the provincial and community environment and natural resources officers (PENROs, CENROs) attending the 2-day National Convention of Field Officers held May 31-June 1, 2011 at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.

    Paje also challenged the field officials “to give their best shot” as their performance in implementing the NGP will be “highly taken into consideration’ in the evaluation of officials for promotions.
 
“Those who will be performing will be rewarded. Wala pong biro yan,” Paje said, stressing that the field officers will be evaluated fairly based on a purely-merit system “without regard for personal ties or past associations” he has made through over 20 years at the DENR where he started his career as a casual forester.

Paje said the NGP-driven performance-based incentive scheme will first zero in on the PENRO and CENRO positions, with an instruction to DENR Assistant Secretary for Management and Finance Corazon Davis to reserve the vacant PENRO and CENRO posts as rewards for NGP’s top performers especially those that are on an acting capacity. 

“If you are a CENRO, you will automatically become a PENRO.  Those who are not yet full-pledged CENRO (with temporary appointment), we will make you full-pledged CENROs. Performance lamang, wala nang iba,”  Paje stressed. 

Of the 168 CENRO plantilla positions, 47 have yet to be filled;  while 25 remain vacant in the 73 PENRO  plantilla posts.

The incentive scheme forms part of Paje’s overall program to strengthen DENR’s performance-based promotion system to beef up the national leadership’s efforts in professionalizing the  Philippine bureaucracy.

But Paje was quick to clarify that the quality of their performance will be determined by the survival of the seedling declared in their performance and not merely on the number of seedling planted.

“Remember, the NGP is a national priority program of President Aquino, and this is not for show but for grow. Gone are the days when tree planting activities were just to set world records or just for photo opportunities,” Paje noted.

At the same time, Paje asked “doubting Thomases” to be forthcoming this early with their hesitation to go all out to meet their targets to allow for management to act appropriately in their particular case.

“We will make sure that everybody performs. Kung sino sa inyo ang tingin ay hindi kayang ipatupad ang programang ito, sabihin na ninyo ngayon,” Paje said.

The performance-based incentive will be based on the field officials’ scorecard in the  yearly targets given them and will be validated with the use of state-of-the art technology such as satellite mapping and internet-based technology through NGP’s website at the www.ngp.denr.gov.ph

Paje salutes Filipinos for PPUR’s election as one of New 7 Wonders of Nature

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje today expressed gratitude for the Filipino people all over the world for the successful election of the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

“The Almighty wrought this masterpiece of nature, but we thank our people for its election as one of the seven best among the many wonders that nature has scattered all over our planet,” Paje said.

He added:  “By taking the time and making the effort to vote for the PPUR through text messages and through the Internet, our people, both at home and abroad – as well as our many friends among the international community – we were able to amass the number of votes necessary to catapult the PPUR from a local to a global jewel.  This is definitely a victory for the Filipino people.”

Paje described PPUR’s victory as a “collective accomplishment of Filipinos all over the world,” saying that the campaign embarked on by the government and the private sector for PPUR, which he said was encouraged and supported by President Benigno Aquino III, was one that “we can all be proud of, and which we hope to nurture as a mass base of support for environmental causes.”

Paje, who served as the national campaign manager for the PPUR, expressed gratitude to President Aquino for his total support, for issuing Presidential Proclamation 182 creating a task force comprising of government agencies and the private sector to “ensure there is oneness in goal.” 

He also gave thanks to major government agencies involved in the campaign, particularly the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Tourism (DOT), which served as chair and co-chair of the task force, respectively, and the private sector led by businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn, marketing strategist Tony Abaya and all others who  tirelessly worked during the campaign.

“Once again, it has been shown that environment can indeed be a unifying factor for the country; and that if we all unite, there is no reason to fail,” he stressed.

Paje said that despite the many problems besetting the country, the Filipinos remain a “lucky race” for having been endowed not only with rich natural resources, majority of which that could not be found anywhere else in the world, but also of citizens with great talents and beauty of heart.  He particularly mentioned boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, who has since been a source of national pride. 

“Definitely, we will not run out of great talents in this country who, somehow put the country in the world map,” he said, citing Ms. World first runner up Gwendolyn Ruais and Ms. Universe 3rd runner up Shamcey Supsup as the latest to have brought not only honors to the country but also inspiration to the Filipino people.




Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje rallied last week his field officials to ensure the success of the National Greening Program, saying the program has full support of the President.

    “There is no reason to fail considering that President Aquino has amply given all the support this program (NGP) needs to succeed,” Paje told the regional executive directors (REDs),  regional technical directors, and the provincial and community environment and natural resources officers (PENROs, CENROs) attending the 2-day National Convention of Field Officers held May 31-June 1, 2011 at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.

    Paje also challenged the field officials “to give their best shot” as their performance in implementing the NGP will be “highly taken into consideration’ in the evaluation of officials for promotions.
 
“Those who will be performing will be rewarded. Wala pong biro yan,” Paje said, stressing that the field officers will be evaluated fairly based on a purely-merit system “without regard for personal ties or past associations” he has made through over 20 years at the DENR where he started his career as a casual forester.

Paje said the NGP-driven performance-based incentive scheme will first zero in on the PENRO and CENRO positions, with an instruction to DENR Assistant Secretary for Management and Finance Corazon Davis to reserve the vacant PENRO and CENRO posts as rewards for NGP’s top performers especially those that are on an acting capacity. 

“If you are a CENRO, you will automatically become a PENRO.  Those who are not yet full-pledged CENRO (with temporary appointment), we will make you full-pledged CENROs. Performance lamang, wala nang iba,”  Paje stressed. 

Of the 168 CENRO plantilla positions, 47 have yet to be filled;  while 25 remain vacant in the 73 PENRO  plantilla posts.

The incentive scheme forms part of Paje’s overall program to strengthen DENR’s performance-based promotion system to beef up the national leadership’s efforts in professionalizing the  Philippine bureaucracy.

But Paje was quick to clarify that the quality of their performance will be determined by the survival of the seedling declared in their performance and not merely on the number of seedling planted.

“Remember, the NGP is a national priority program of President Aquino, and this is not for show but for grow. Gone are the days when tree planting activities were just to set world records or just for photo opportunities,” Paje noted.

At the same time, Paje asked “doubting Thomases” to be forthcoming this early with their hesitation to go all out to meet their targets to allow for management to act appropriately in their particular case.

“We will make sure that everybody performs. Kung sino sa inyo ang tingin ay hindi kayang ipatupad ang programang ito, sabihin na ninyo ngayon,” Paje said.

The performance-based incentive will be based on the field officials’ scorecard in the  yearly targets given them and will be validated with the use of state-of-the art technology such as satellite mapping and internet-based technology through NGP’s website at the www.ngp.denr.gov.ph

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