Science City of Muñoz, Nueva
Ecija, The Philippines
August 2, 2005
By Edgard Hilario,
Manila Bulletin via
The recently launched biotechnology and intellectual property
rights training center will boost agricultural research, as well
as help Filipino scientists realize the financial rewards of
keeping busy with biotech studies.
Thus said Dr. Leocadio Sebastian, PhilRice executive director,
during the inauguration of the Biotech IPR training center in
Nueva Ecija last week.
"Filipino scientists and researchers specializing in
biotechnology can now look forward to reaping more benefits from
their studies as they learn more about intellectual property
rights and its implications on the knowledge or products they
have generated through research."
The training center serves as a venue to train and educate
scientist and researchers on the fundamentals of IPR such as
patent, trademark, technology transfer agreement, and prior art
Based at the PhilRice Central Experiment Station in the Science
City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, the center was funded by the
Biotechnology Program Implementation Office of the Department of
Agriculture and PhilRice.
Equipped with 30 Internet-linked computers, the center was also
built to cater biotechnology-and IPR-related training needs of
research and development institutions, state colleges and
universities, and stakeholders in agriculture and fisheries
sector on biotechnology.
During the country's century-old conduct of research and
development, Sebastian said that only a few scientists and
researchers are aware of IPR and its application on their
"Before, scientists and researchers are contented with
publishing their works and breakthroughs. Now, they also want
their share on financial beneficiaries. Strong gains in biotech
have been occurring in developed countries where intellectual
property rights are well established."
And a well-established and effective IPR and regulatory system,
Sebastian added, provides developed countries with enticing
environment for big investment and rapid development in
Meanwhile, biotechnologist Nelson Garcia said the application of
IPR saves time and energy in conceptualizing researches. By
conducting prior search, he is confident that his research
proposals are not duplications of previous studies.
Biotechnology study leader Gina Babb added that IPR can assure
that research institutes are banking on innovative and
Late July, President Arroyo declared the National Biotechnology
Week to promote the safe and responsible use of modern
biotechnology and its products and to show the importance of
biotechnology for people and development.