The President’s Message on the 50th Annual National Convention

Our government envisions that an enhanced K-12 program will help address Philippine economic challenges brought by current environmental concerns, the growing knowledge economy, and ASEAN integration 2015. Delivery of quality education, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is deemed vital for the Philippines to be economically competitive, and its marginalized citizens to be alleviated from poverty.

Biology education in particular plays an important role in bringing students to deeper understandings of major issues that impact our world today such as health concerns, changing climate, bioresource conservation & sustainability, biodiversity preservation, biotechnology, among others. Through integration of effective teaching approaches, practical research methods, and innovative curricular changes into science courses, we BIOTAns can affirm the biologist’s role as change agents who can help address the impact of the K to 12 curriculum shift. Being open to the new paradigms before us, the challenges brought on by the country’s changing educational landscape can also be rich opportunities for (re)learning in our fields of practice.

In support of the government’s educational goals, and to further uphold BIOTA’s mission-vision of pursuing excellence in biology education and research, this three-day convention aims to provide a venue for the exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences on challenges and opportunities encountered in the implementation of the curriculum. The presentations and activities also hope to allow us BIOTAns to (re)establish and strengthen collaborations that would enrich both our work and role as biology educator-researchers.

My deepest gratitude to my dedicated partners in the BIOTA National Governing Board, and to supportive colleagues from the different BIOTA chapters who helped bring this convention to fruition. Congratulations to one of the newest member of the BIOTA – the Ateneo de Manila University Chapter – for its successful planning and hosting of this convention!

Mabuhay ang BIOTA!

Jessamyn Marie O. Yazon, Ph.D.
President 2011-2015