On 4 to 8 June, the regulators from Departments of Health (DOH) and Science and Technology (DOST) participated in the 14th International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (ISBGMO) in Guadalajara, México. For this year, the conference theme was "Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms: past, present and future"
Aside from the Philippines’ participation as a Party to the 8th Conference of Parties serving as Meeting of Parties for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8) in Cancun, Mexico last December 4-17, it also took the lead as one of the main organizers of the Asia BCH Family’s Side Event entitled “For a Successful Asia BCH Family”.
As part of the country’s international obligation to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, it joined the delegates from member countries in the negotiations on the substantial and outstanding issues during the 8th Conference of Parties serving as Meeting of Parties (COP-MOP 8) in Cancun, Mexico from 4 to 17 December 2016. With participants from the Departments of Science and Technology; Environment and Natural Resources; and Health; the Philippines was able to put forward the Philippines’ position on various areas concerning the safe transfer and responsible use of GMOs to international discussion.