June 18, 2024 | Quezon CityThe Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority, spearheaded by the Pesticide Regulations Division, conducted stakeholder consultation on the proposed Memorandum Circular (MC) for the Registration of Plant-Incorporated Protectants (PIP) on June 18, 2024, at Cosmos Hall, 2F, Hive Hotel, 68 Scout Tuazon St., Diliman, Quezon City.

“This initiative of developing our existing policy on PIPs was borne out from the DOST-DA-DENR-DOH-DILG Joint Department Circular No. 01 series of 2021, which governs the use of genetically modified plants and plant products derived from modern biotechnology,” Dir. Lansangan said during her opening remarks. 

“As one of the regulatory agencies tasked in the said Circular, we have the responsibility to develop a sound set of rules that will further strengthen and support our national policy on biosafety and biotechnology,” she added.

Meanwhile, Ms. Querijero, Chief of the Pesticide Regulations Division, highlighted the importance of updating the guidelines.

She said that updating the guidelines on the Registration of Plant-Incorporated Protectants (PIP) is necessary to ensure consistency across regulatory frameworks which leads to a more streamlined and efficient regulatory process for stakeholders.

“PIPs are part of modern agricultural biotechnology aimed at sustainable pest management. Aligning guidelines ensures that regulatory approaches keep pace with scientific advancements and provide a cohesive framework for evaluating new technologies,” Kris Minguez, Chemist IV at the PRD, explained.

31 participants from various organizations, including the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA), CropLife Philippines, and pesticide companies, attended the public consultation.

The feedback collected during the consultation will be reviewed for the revision of the Memorandum Circular, which is expected to be released to the public before the end of 2024. ###

Written by: Pesticide Regulations Division


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