The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will lead this year’s National Biotechnology Week celebrations, happening from November 13 to 17 at the World Trade Center in Pasig City.

DOST will partner up with various national government agencies, non-government organizations, and academic institutions in celebrating the 2018 National Biotechnology Week (NBW). This year’s NBW carries the theme “Pambansang Hamon, Pambansang Solusyon,” and will showcase how biotechnology could help address the challenges the Philippines faces today.

Teaser for the 14th National Biotechnology Week

Come and join us as we celebrate the 14th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) from 13 to 17 November 2018 at the Hall D of the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Please visit the exhibits of different Biotechnology researches, products, and services that offer solutions to country’s pressing problems. For more information, please follow this Facebook page or contact us at 837-2071 to 82 locals 7534 and 2146. See you there! #PinoyBiotech2018

Posted by National Biotechnology Week on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

A celebration of science

In a statement issued to the press, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña said:

“In recent years, our scientists and different R&D (research and development) institutions have managed to discover new knowledge, products, and services on how different applications of biotechnology could help in various sectors such as agriculture, healthcare services, disaster preparedness management, and environmental conservation.”

According to de la Peña, NBW will provide a venue for promoting effective collaboration among universities, the private sector, other government agencies, and the public in terms of harnessing biotechnology for long-term national progress.

The five-day celebration will be free and open to the public. Participating agencies and organizations will mount interactive exhibits that will feature different biotechnology research projects and innovations.

There will also be numerous biotechnology-themed competitions, workshops, and talks for the public at the event.

Biotechnology for the people

As decreed by Presidential Proclamation No. 1414, NBW is an annual event celebrated every third week of November. It highlights the many contributions of biotechnology to agriculture and food security, health care services, education, industrial and economic development, and environmental sustainability.

For more information and updates, visit and follow the hashtag #PinoyBiotech2018.


  • Official press release from DOST

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