MENU

Mandate of the Department of Science and Technology. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST). as the premiere science and technology body in the country, shall take the lead in ensuring that the best available science is utilized and applied in adopting biosafety policies, measures and guidelines, and in making biosafety decisions.The DOST shall ensure that such policies, measures, guidelines and decisions are made on the basis of scientific information that is of the highest quality, multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed, and consistent with international standards as they evolve. In coordination with other concerned departments and agencies, and consistent with the requirements of transparency and public participation as provided in Sections 6 and 7 of the NBF, it shall exercise such jurisdiction and other powers that it has been conferred with under existing laws. It shall also take the lead in evaluating and monitoring regulated articles intended for contained use.

Mandate of the Department of Agriculture. As the principal agency of the Philippine government responsible for the promotion of agricultural development growth, rural development so as to ensure food security and contribute to poverty alleviation, the Department of Agriculture shall take the lead in addressing biosafety issues related tothe country’s agricultural productivity and food security.In coordination with other concerned departments and agencies, and consistent with the requirements of transparency and public participation as provided in Sections 6 and 7 of the NBF, it shall exercise such jurisdiction and other powers that it has been conferred with under existing laws. It shall also take the lead in evaluating and monitoring plant and plant products derived from the use of modern biotechnology, as provided in Department of Agriculture Administrative Order No. 008, s. 2002.

Mandate of the Department of Environment and Natural ResourcesAs the primary government agency responsible for the conservation, management, development and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) shall ensure that environmental assessments are done and impacts identified in biosafety decisions. It shall also take the lead in evaluating and monitoring regulated articles intended for bioremediation, the improvement of forest genetic resources, and wildlife genetic resources.

Mandate of the Department of HealthThe Department of Health (DOH), as the principal authority on health, shall formulate guidelines in assessing the health impacts posed by modern biotechnology and its applications. The DOH shall also require, review and evaluate results of environmental health impact assessments related to modern biotechnology and its applications. In coordination with other concerned departments and agencies, it shall exercise such jurisdiction and other powers that it has been conferred with under existing laws.It shall also take the lead in evaluating and monitoring processed food derived from or containing genetically modified organisms.

Mandate of Associated Departments and AgenciesIn coordination with other concerned departments and agencies, and consistent with the requirements of transparency and public participation as provided in Sections 6 and 7 of the NBF, all other departments and agencies shall exercise such jurisdiction and other powers that it has been conferred with under existing laws. In particular, the following departments and agencies shall participate in biosafety decision making, where appropriate: the Department of Foreign Affairs in promoting and protecting Philippine interests on biosafety in bilateral, regional and multilateral forums; the Department of Trade and Industry in relation to biosafety decisions which have an impact on trade, intellectual property rights, investments and consumer welfare and protection; the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples in relation to biosafety decisions which have a specific impact on indigenous peoples and communities; and the Department of Interior and Local Government, in relation to biosafety decisions which have an impact on the autonomy of local government units.