The Biology Teachers Association of the Philippines (BIOTA-Phils.) launched last May 12, 2020 the BIOTA CoQ Webinar Series which is intended as a “continuing professional education for biology teachers under community quarantine”. In the inaugural webinar, Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante from the University of the Philippines Los Banos, delivered a lecture entitled “COVID-19: How to move forward when epidemiological models disagree?” Dr. Rabajante, an expert on the modelling of biological networks and the spread of diseases, shared some of his current studies on the epidemiological modeling of COVID-19. The webinar was attended by more that 260 participants inside the webinar room using Blackboard Collaborate and was also broadcasted live via Facebook Live with more than 4200 views. Dr. John Donnie A. Ramos, BIOTA President delivered the opening remarks, while Dr. Marie Christine Obusan, provided the webinar synthesis and closing remarks.
The Biology Teachers Association of the Philippines (BIOTA-Phils.) Central Visayas Chapter was reorganized through a Biology Education and Research Symposium-Workshop and election of officers last January 25, 2020, at the University of San Jose-Recoletos main campus in Cebu City, Philippines. Dr. John Donnie A. Ramos, BIOTA President, delivered a lecture entitled “Allergy and Microbiome Dysbiosis” and conducted a workshop on “Problem-Based Explorations (ProBE): An Inquiry Approach for Molecular Biology”. Prof. Maricar S. Prudente, BIOTA Auditor, engaged the participants through a lecture on “Action Research for Innovation and Continuous Improvement of Professional Practice” which was followed by a workshop on “Using Action Research to Evaluate Innovative Pedagogies”. The activity was attended by more than 80 participants from various educational institutions across the Central Visayas region. The activity was highlighted by the election of a new set of officers of the chapter. Dr. Julius Dequillo of the University of San Jose-Recoletos was elected president. The newly elected officers and the new BIOTA members were inducted by the BIOTA president, Dr. John Donnie A. Ramos. The symposium-workshop was co-organized with the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of San Jose-Recoletos, headed by its dean, Dr. Glenn Pajares.
The Biology Teachers Association of the Philippines – Ilocos Region Chapter, in cooperation with Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), hosted a Symposium on Biological Sciences last October 27, 2019, held at Mariano Marcos State University, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. Four lecture sessions and two workshops were delivered & conducted by the Biology Teachers Association of the Philippines (BIOTAPh) national officers and board members. The attendees of the symposium were biology teachers in basic education and tertiary education, undergraduate and graduate students from the Ilocos Region.
Dr. Dino T. Tordisillas from the University of Santo Tomas delivered the first lecture on 4Is: Inadvertent, introduction, inescapable, and intruders. Dr. Benilda Z. Narcelles from the University of Baguio delivered the second lecture on Climate change: a challenge to biodiversity. Dr. Marilyn G. Rimando from the University of Santo Tomas delivered the third lecture on Selected natural products in the prevention of diabetes and osteoporosis. Assistant Prof. Jason A. Orozco from the Philippines Normal University, Manila, delivered the fourth lecture on the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers and Continuing Professional Development of Biology Teachers.
Dr. Maricar W. Ching from Centro Escolar University, Manila, conducted the first workshop on Design Thinking in Biology, and Dr. John A. Donnie Ramos from the University of Santo Tomas conducted the second workshop on Inquiry-based learning in Molecular Biology.
Dr. Virgilio Julius Manzano Jr., Dean, MMSU Graduate School, gave the opening remarks, and Dr. Shirley C. Agrupis, University President, MMSU, gave the closing remarks. Mr. Rod G. Pingao from Crispina Marcos-Valdez National High School San Mateo, City of Batac, was elected as Ilocos Region Chapter President.
The Biology Teacher’s Associations of the Philippines Caraga Chapter hosted its 12th Annual Regional Convention and Scientific Sessions with the theme “ Biology-based Innovation and Transformation for Sustainability and Resiliency” on September 27-29, 2019 at Saint Pater College Seminary, Km. 6 Ampayon, Butuan City. The convention was participated in by faculty and students of Elementary, Secondary and Tertiary Level both in public and private learning institutions in Caraga Region.
The National Governing Board of the BIOTA Phils. Inc. headed by the President, Dr. John Donnie A. Ramos from the University of Santo Tomas graced the occasion. Exhilarating activities and enlightening discussions from the resource speakers coming from the different Universities in the country highlighted the event.
The activity is in collaboration and endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education Regional Office and the Department of Education Regional Office.
The 54th Annual National BIOTA Convention and Scientific Sessions was held at De La Salle University last April 25-27, 2019. The convention’s theme was ‘Biology-based innovation an transformation for sustainability and resiliency.’ It was designed to provide a venue for the exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences on challenges and opportunities encountered in the implementation of curricular reforms. It was also intended to enable sharing of current researches, projects and best practices on continuing professional development to enhance the capabilities of biology teachers in achieving excellence in Biology education and research in the country and lastly, to stress the responsibility of biology teachers and researchers in promoting
interest and understanding of Biology and its interrelations to other fields.
The convention was attended by around 300 guests and participants coming from all over the Philippines with at least 80 posters presented. Participants were welcomed by the BIOTA Philippines President Dr. Edna A. Amparado who also introduced the Keynote Speaker Acad. Rhodora V. Azanza, the President of the National Academy of Science and Technology. Acad, Azanza talked about biology teaching and learning and sustainable development goals.
Renowned plenary speakers shared their views and expertise through their talks. Acad. Glenn B. Gregorio, Professor at the Institute of Crop Sciences at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and the Director of SEARCA talked about the recent trends in agricultural biotechnology. Dr. Ramon A. Razal, the President of the National Research Council of the Philippines and Professor at Wood Science and Technology, College of Forestry and Natural Resources at UPLB talked about the roles of NRCP and the promotion of biology education and research in the Philippines. The first day ended with a fellowship night filled with fun and laughter.
The second day was also packed with very informative talks. Dr. Ahmad Reza Mazahery from the Institute of Biology, University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) discussed the therapeutic and research applications of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived hepatic cells while Acad. Mudjekeewis D. Santos from the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute talked about the monitoring of aquatic wildlife trafficking in the Philippines through DNA barcoding. Addressing the topic of biodiversity and climate resilience was Dr. Laura T. David from the Marine Science Institute, UPD. Dr. Marie Christine M. Obusan from the Institute of Biology, UPD, discussed the roles of cetaceans in the Philippines as sentinels of antimicrobial resistance in the marine environment. Prof. Ma. Luisa Enriquez from the College of Science, De La Salle University (DLSU) shared her talk on the innovations in microscopy and its impact on education and research. Participants ended the second day with a visit to the National Museum of the Philippines.
In the morning session of the third day, Prof. Maricar Prudente from the Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education, DLSU, gave a lecture on the next generation of blended learning and innovations in biology education while Dr. Sheryl Lyn Monterola, from University of the Philippines College of Education, talked on ‘problem- or project-based learning.’ Lastly, Prof. Maria Genaleen Diaz from the Institute of Biological Sciences, UPLB, enlightened many of the participants on the current situation of genetic engineering with her talk on CRISPR/Cas9.
Participants also enjoyed the afternoon sessions which were loaded with 28 concurrent lecture-seminars and 14 workshops.
The convention ended with awarding of winners from the presenters of posters, lecture-seminars, and workshops as well as oath-taking of the new members. Prof. Maricar Prudente, the Convention Chair, concluded the convention with her closing remarks.