Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Insect Resistance Management (IRM) Policy Review Workshop

Participants of the two (2) days workshop on IRM policy review at SEARCA Residence Hotel, SEARCA, College, Laguna, Philippines last 22-23 June 2011
Laguna, Philippines - The Department of Agriculture -Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) joined in conducting an IRM Policy Review Workshop at SEARCA Residence Hotel, SEARCA, College Laguna last 22-23 June 2011.

To update the participants on the current technical issues about IRM for Bt corn, discuss important issues relevant to IRM implementation, review the DA-Memorandum Circulars on IRM implementation, and recommend new policies regarding IRM implantation in the Philippines are the objectives of the workshop.

The participants for the workshop were technology developers, regulators, scientists, researchers, DA agency representatives, and other interested stakeholders.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Kenya NBA Board Learns the Philippine Biotechnology Regulations

Kenya National Biosafety Authority Board Delegates together with Program Biosafety Systems Team and Bureau of Plant Industry-Biotechnology Regulators at DA-BPI, Malate, Manila, Philippines
Manila, Philippines – The Kenyan National Biosafety Authority (NBA) Board visited the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) in Malate, Manila to learn the biotechnology regulations in the Philippines last 16 May 2011.  The Kenya NBA delegates were composed by Dr. Miriam Kinyua (Chair, Kenya NBA Board), Dr. Moses Limo (Board Member), Mr. Otula Owuor (Board Member), Dr. Roy Mugiira (Acting CEO), and Ms. Cecilia Nzau (Secretariat and BCH Focal Person).

Dr. Henry T. Carpiso welcomed the Kenyan delegates, and provided brief information about the DA-BPI mandated roles in the biotechnology regulations in the Philippines.  Ms. Merle Palacpac presented a topic on Philippine procedures for ensuring containment.  Ms. Malou Agbagala discussed the Philippine procedures for assessing the suitability of the test sites. Mr. Santiago Palizada   shared the experiences on the post commercial approval monitoring of Genetically Modified (GM) corn in the Philippines.

Kenyan National Biosafety Authority Board Delegates together with Mr. Carlos Guevarra (GM Corn Farmer), Santiago Palizada (BPI-BCT Member) and Pioneer Philippines. Inc. Team
On the next day, the group visited the GM corn farm of Mr. Carlos Guevarra in Pampanga. Mr. Guevarra shared his experiences in planting GM corn since 2003. He started planting Bt corn to stacked trait corn of Pioneer Philippines, Inc. In the selected parcels of Mr. Guevarra’s 25 hectares of GM corn, he toured the group to the different corn growth stages (seedling, tasseling, physiological maturity), and provided insights about the GM corn management practices. At the end of the tour, Dr. Kinyua conveyed her warmest thanks to Mr. Guevarra in opening his farm to the group, and sharing valuable experiences in planting GM corn in the Philippines.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Planting of Transgenic Corn after Rice in the Philippines

Demonstration of transgenic corn (MON810 x NK603) in rice-rice-corn cropping systems at Janiuay, Iloilo

Iloilo, Philippines - Transgenic corn plantings in the Philippines is increasing. Planting of transgenic corn after rice is popular in Pangasinan, Tarclac, Pampanga and Neuva Ecija. The technology is something new in Iloilo using zero-tillage technology after rice. In this respect, technology developers like Monsanto Philippines Inc. establishes technology demonstration of transgenic corn (MON810 x NK603) after rice planting in several municipalities of Iloilo including Janiuay. Currently, the corn plants at Janiuay demonstration site are at the reproductive stages, and expected to be harvested sometimes in the second week of May. Indeed, several potential farmers are interested to plant transgenic corn in the rice-rice-corn cropping system in Panay Island.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Increase Plantings of Genetically Modified Corn in the Philippines

Cauayan, Isabela, Philippines - Plantings of Genetically Modified (GM) corn increased from 10,769 ha of Bt corn in 2003 to 455,391 ha (94% stacked trait events, 4% Bt corn and 2% glyphosate tolerant corn) in 2010. Cagayan Valley is the major corn growing regions with 251,925 ha planted to GM corn in 2010. Specific details on GM corn adoption in the Philippines is posted at www.biotech.da.gov.ph.

Mr. Santiago Palizada, Ms. Lilian Teano and Mr. Edwin Miana who are members of the DA-Bureau of Plant Industry Biotechnology Core Team (BPI-BCT) conducted a post commercial approval monitoring last 1-11 February 2011 in Cagayan Valley (Isabela), SOCCSKSARGEN (Sultan Kudarat) and Northern Mindanao (Bukidnon) together with DA-Regional Crop Protection Center Team of Monitors and Technology Developers (Monsanto Philippines, Inc., Syngenta Philippines, Inc. and BioSeed Research Philippines, Inc.)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

MON89034 approved for commercial planting in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines - The Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Plant Industry has issued a permit for the commercial propagation of MON89034 in the Philippines last 19 November 2010. MON89034 is a Monsanto product that contains the Cry1A.105 and Cry2Ab2 genes from Bacillus thuringiensis that are active against lepidopteran pests, most particularly the Asian corn borer (Ostrinia furnacalis), common cutworm (Spodoptera litura), and earworm (Helicoverpa armigera). Small corn farm holders can now check Monsanto Philippines Inc. dealers and seed outlets for the seeds starting this corn cropping season.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Philippine Biotech Week 2010

Hon. Proceso Alcala, Secretary of Agriculture was one of the distinguished guests of honor during the opening of the 6th National Biotechnology last 22 November 2010 Week at IMAX and Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

The week long event is organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Education (DepED), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED). This is in partnership with several government agencies, private and non-governmental organizations. To mention a few, Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), PhilRice, Biotech for Life, Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines (BCP), ISAAA, SEARCA, and IRRI.

CropLife, DA-High Value Commercial Crops Program, Monsanto, Pioneer and SM Mall of Asia are the major sponsors of the event.

Dr. Segfredo Serrano, Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, Program Development, Research and Regulation, and Chair of the Biotech Program Steering Committee is the DA National Biotech Week (NBW) Focal Person. Dr. Candida Adalla is the 2010 NBW Overall Coordinator. Ms. Thelma Soriano and Mr. Santiago Palizada of the DA-Bureau of Plant Industry are members of the organizing team.

Dr. Clarito Barron, Director of the DA-Bureau of Plant Industry presented a paper on the Biotechnology and the Corn Industry during the first day forum on "Modern  Agricultural Biotechnology: Philippine Experiences and Opportunities".

Hon. Sec. Alcala with organizers during the opening program

Dr. Serrano with guests cut the ribbon at the exhibit area
Mr. Palizada at the Brgy. Biotek exhibit area

USDA Agricultural Counselor Philip Schul and Dr. Espino
Mr. Palizada and Ms. Sumage of Monsanto eating Bt corn
Bt corn is one of the transgenic crop featured in the exhibit

Friday, November 19, 2010

Asian Corn Borer - Target insect pest of MON810 and Bt11

One of the most economically important insect pest of corn in the Philippines is Asian corn borer, (Ostrinia furcunalis). It is commonly known as "Dalipog", "Gitagit", "Tuhod", "Amasok", "Tipgoy" and "Ulad".  The details of its biology are as follows: egg - 4 to 5 days; larva - 14 to 41 days; pupa - 5 to 58 days; adult- 27 to 58 days; and the female adult lays 15 to 65 eggs per mass. This is a target insect pest of commercially propagated genetically modified corn MON810 and Bt11 in the Philippines.
The damage on the plants includes: (a) 'pinholes' on leaves at whorl stage; (b) poring on stalks, base of tassel or ear shank; (c) granular excreta or frass on perforations; (d) brocken stalks and tassels; (e) clumping of tassels; (f) partial destruction of cobs; and (g) dropping of ears.