Philippines - The government is set to launch the Philippine Genome
Center (PGC) at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) on
Nov. 28 as part of its efforts to boost the country’s agriculture
PGC executive director Carmen Padilla said the PGC, the first of its
kind in the country, will work on basic research that has strong
applications on Philippine commodities, including traditional crops and
biotechnology products, pharmaceuticals, forensics and other issues of
social and economic impact.
“The core of the PGC will be plant genetics and breeding laboratories
and facilities at the Institute of Plant Breeding of UPLB,” Padilla
said in a statement.
The UPLB Genetics Society, also known as GeneSoc, is a duly recognized academic organization in UPLB that was established in 1983. Through the years, the organization strives to promote and create awareness about the science of Genetics in the Philippines.