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WMSU, WMBA host National Training on Bio-Threat Reduction for LGUs

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The Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), through the Western Mindanao Biosafety and Biosecurity Association (WMBA), and in partnership with the United States Department of Defense- Defense Threat Reduction Agency, successfully conducted the 8th WMBA National Training Conference held on November 16-18, 2017 at the Grand Astoria Hotel, this city.

Over a hundred delegates from the academe, including elementary and secondary science and research teachers and students; health sector; defense sector; local government units from different parts of the region; laboratory industries, and the barangay council convened for the training.

The conference focused on bio-threat reduction for the local government units (LGU) by integrating biosafety and biosecurity in the curricula via teaching module for the K-12 program, and developing contingency plans and incorporating bio-threats and its management in the disaster risk reduction initiatives in the LGUs. The training also aimed to identify cases and sustain action for emergency responders in the barangays. It also intended to publish research articles in an accredited journal of biosafety.

A series of plenary sessions were set that were aimed at achieving the objectives of the symposium. Notable speakers from different departments discussed the following subjects; “The Enculturation of Biosecurity Norms: Beyond the Sciences” and the “Curriculum Development for Biosecurity Education in HEIs” by Prof. Joy P. Calayo, RMT, faculty of the University of Sto. Tomas and President of the Philippine Biosafety and Biosecurity Association (PhBBA); “Risk Management during Emergency and Disasters” by Dr. Edith SanggalangTria, Medical Specialist, St. Luke Hospital Ministry of Health; “Leadership, Training and Culture Development” by Dr. Marilou C. Elago, Coordinating Dean of the WMSU Graduate Studies and concurrent president of WMBA; “BioRisk Contingency Management in Local Governance: Zamboanga City Approach” by Dr. Eduardo M. Bisquera, Jr., Assistant Department Head, Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR); and, “Creative Writing: Effectively Communicating Bio-Threats in the Workplace and the Community” by Dr. Lea E. Usman, WMSU Public Affairs Office Director, among others.

A Memorandum of Agreement has also been signed between WMBA and the Black and Veatch Special Projects Corporation represented by Mr. William M. Johnson, Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) Deputy Project Manager and other partner agencies in support of the Western Mindanao Contingency on Biorisk Management and the WMBA Extension Programs for alternative learners. (Liezel M. Parreño, WMSU-PAO)




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