A CHANGE FOR A BETTER REGULATORY FRAMEWORK: VIRTUAL CONSULTATIONS ON THE REVIEW AND PROPOSED REVISIONS ON THE DOST-DA-DENR-DOH-DILG JOINT DEPARTMENT CIRCULAR#1 SERIES 2016
A CHANGE FOR A BETTER REGULATORY FRAMEWORK:
Virtual Consultations on the Review and Proposed Revisions on the DOST-DA-DENR-DOH-DILG Joint Department Circular#1 Series 2016
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (NCBP) held three stakeholders’ consultation on the proposed revision on the DOST-DA-DENR-DOH-DILG Joint Department Circular (JDC) No. 1 series of 2016, the Rules and Regulations for the Research and Development, Handling and Use, Transboundary Movement, Release into the Environment, and Management of Genetically Modified Plant and Plant Products Derived from the Use of Modern Biotechnology last August 10, 18, and 24, 2021 via Zoom platform.
An Ad Hoc Technical Working Group (AHTWG) was created in May 2019 for the review of the Joint Department Circular#1 s2016. The AHTWG was composed of representatives from concerned Departments, research and academic institutions, collegial bodies, and stakeholders. They were tasked to identify sections and provisions in the Circular that need revisions to address the concerns in the implementation, and proposed changes that will fit into the Philippines’ regulatory set-up.
“New Plant Breeding Techniques enables us to accelerate the development of crop varieties as compared to conventional breeding, it opens up opportunities to further improve our approach in agriculture. “ -Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña.