Date Posted October 2016
TO INFORM THE public on the content of the proposed guidelines and to seek their inputs on the subject to improve the efficiency, transparency and public involvement in this new policy, the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) held a “Stakeholder Consultation on the Proposed Guidelines for the Registration of Plant-Incorporated Protectants (PIPs) in Pest-Protected Plants (PPPs) Derived from Modern Biotechnology” on September 14, 2016 at the Board Room, 4th Floor, FPA Building, BAI Compound,Diliman, Quezon City.
The promulgation of the aforesaid guidelines is in compliance with the DOST-DA- DENR-DOH-DILG Joint Department Circular (JDC) No. 1, Series of 2016, titled “Rules and Regulations for the Research and Development, Handling and Use of Genetically-Modified Plant and Plan Products Derived from the Use of Modern Biotechnology.” Various stakeholders from fellow government agencies, private industry sectors, academe, and non-government organizations (NGOs) have attended the said public consultation. FPA Executive Director Norlito R. Gicana officially commenced the program with an opening remarks, followed by Ms. Jerolet C. Sahagun, Chief of the FPA-Laboratory Services Division (LSD), who discussed the historical background on how the FPA was able to come up with the PIP guidelines. Then, Ms. Sharmaine D. Tecson, Chemist III of the FPA-LSD, presented the details of the proposed guidelines for PIP registration and Ms. Sheena Thea A. Alcantara, Chemist II of the FPA-LSD, facilitated the open forum. During the open forum, there were several issues and concerns raised by various stakeholders which include: a) applicability of the proposed guidelines if the plant is not grown in the country and only the edible by-products is brought in the country; b) criteria or basis for approval and disapproval of PIP registration aside from compliance to the documentary requirements; c) criteria or basis for granting full or conditional PIP registration; d) coverage of the proposed guidelines to include “pesticidal substances” derived from the use of modern biotechnology that are not plant- incorporated to cover future innovations in biotechnology; e) alignment of the validity of PIP registration to that of Biosafety Permit being issued by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) which is five (5) years; f) allowing data of PIP testing generated from abroad in the absence of local data; g) creation of Biotechnology Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (BPTAC); and h) timeline for the approval and issuance of this PIP guidelines. Dir. Gicana and Ms. Sahagun answered and clarified all of these issues and concerns raised by the stakeholders. After the open forum, Dir. Gicana gave thanks to all the participants for attending and actively participating in the discussion. He hoped that all participants were enlightened on the Agency’s responses relative to the various issues tackled during the open forum. He assured the participants that all their concerns will be addressed and included in the proposed guidelines. He also informed the group that after the stakeholder consultation, the guidelines will be subjected to final review of the Policy and Technical Advisory Team wherein their recommendations will be presented to the FPA Board for approval.