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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
100162
Status
Published
Date of creation
2008-11-13 05:29 UTC (estaciojulietafe@gmail.com)
Date of last update
2015-05-29 08:25 UTC (estaciojulietafe@gmail.com)
Date of publication
2015-05-29 14:17 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Philippines
Profile of the Expert
Saturnina C. Halos has more than 10 years experience in biosafety systems development and implementation. She participated in drafting the first biosafety policy of the Philippines of 1990. Since 1999, she provided technical advice to the Department of Agriculture in formulating biosafety policies that include 2 administrative orders and 15 memo circulars. She participated in the final discussions of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, served as technical consultant in the drafting of the National Biosafety Framework of the Philippines and participated in the national consultations on CPB ratification and COP-MOP issues discussions. She designed and helped implement capacity-building strategies such training courses, workshops and seminars on risk assessment, LMO detection and post-approval monitoring for the Department of Agriculture in implementing biosafety policies.
Personal Information
Coordinates
Dr. Saturnina Halos
2027 Pleasant Village
College, Laguna
Philippines, 4031
Phone:+63 49 536 3224
Fax:+63 49 536 3224
Email:ninachalos@yahoo.com,halos@mozcom.com
Gender
  • Female
Nationalities
  • Filipino
Date of birth
1947
Place of birth
Philippines
Current employment
Employer / Organization
Department of Agriculture
Acronym
DA-BAT
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Department / Division / Unit
Biotechnology Advisory Team
Start date
2002
Main responsibilities
Provide technical advice and assist in the Office of the Undersecretary for Policy and Planning, Department of Agriculture, Government of the Philippines in formulating and implementing biotechnology policies and programs.
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Philippines
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications
Acronym
ISAAA
Start date
2005
Ending date
2012
Type of organization
  • Non-governmental organization (NGO)
Main areas of responsibility
Provide technical advice and assist in the Office of the Undersecretary for Policy and Planning, Department of Agriculture, Government of the Philippines in formulating and implementing biotechnology policies and programs.
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Department of Agriculture
Acronym
DA-BPI
Start date
2004
Ending date
2012
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Main areas of responsibility
Oversee the conduct by the Bureau of Plant Industry of risk assessment reviews of each application for permit for regulated articles consisting of transformation events of GM crops; design specific training programs for the BPI Biotechnology Core Team; and spearheaded reviews of the management and implementation of AO 8 by the Bureau of Plant Industy.
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Department of Agriculture
Acronym
DA-BAR
Start date
1999
Ending date
2003
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Main areas of responsibility
I was a member of the Secretary's Technical Advisory Group and tasked with providing advice on biotechnology and biosafety to the Secretary, Department of Agriculture (DA).
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Magna Cum laude)
Name of academic institution
University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
Start date
1963
Ending date
1967
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
n/a
Name of academic institution
n/a
Start date
1967
Ending date
1969
Formal education
Third Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: Ph.D. in Microbiology
Ph.D. in Genetics
Name of academic institution
University of California, Berkeley, California, USA
Ending date
1975
Other professional qualifications
List of other relevant professional qualifications
Participant, DA-AGILE US Study tour on biotechnology regulation Sept-Oct. 2002
Participant, DA-ISAA Training Workshop on Safety Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops and Food July 1-3, 2002 Manila Philippines
Participant, Asia Subregional Workshops on Risk Assessment & Management and Public Awareness and Participation, UNEP-GEF Project on National Biosafety Frameworks, Jan 21-24, 2003, Malaysia
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Biosafety systems development and implementation expertise
  • Biosafety policy
  • Biotechnology policy
  • Risk assessment and risk management
Publications
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
Halos, SC. 2008. The Abaca (Includes a section on the consensus document on the biology of the abaca). Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines. Diliman, Quezon City. 188 pp.
Halos, SC. 2005. Addressing the environmental risks of modern biotech products in : Science-Based Reviews: Issues and Concerns of Modern Biotechnology Tecson-Mendoza EM ed. National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines, Manila pp 3-136
Halos, S. AG La Viña, MS Lim & Mj Caleda eds. 2004. Developing the Nationak Biosafety Framework for the Philippines. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources-Protected areas and Wildlife Bureau. Quezon City, Philippines
List of other publications
Halos, SC, Padolina WG 2000 HArnessaing the Tools of Agri-Biotechnology PIDS DRN 2000 Vol. XVIII No.3
Halos, SC. 2000 Agricultural Biotechnology Research and Development in the Philippines: The Need for Strategic Approach PIDS DP 2000-17
Halos, SC. Definig the Agricultural Biotechnology Policy of the Philippines PIDS PN 2000-06
Davis, CC, Halos, SC., Ponce, ER., Lamug, CB. 1999 Philippine National Agricultural and Natural Resources Research System: Resource Allocation Issues and Directions for Reforms PIDS DP 1999-33
Halos, SC. 1999 Agriculture Technology Acquisition, Development and Dissemination in the Private Sector PIDS DP 1999-18
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
USDA FAS Cochran Fellow, US Study Tour on Biotechnology and Biosafety Sept.-Oct. 2001
Salzburg Seminar Fellow, Salzburg Seminar Session 392 Biotechnology: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Oct 14-21, 2001, Salzburg, Austria
Recipient, Eusebio Y. Garcia Award in Molecular Biology, National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), Manila, Philippines
Professional memberships
National Research Council of the Philippines
Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science
Crop Science Society of the Philippines
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
Biotechnology Advisory Team, Department of Agriculture- I Served as Chair of the Team from 2002-date. As Chair, I receive specific instructions from the Undersecretary for Policy and Planning to convene the Team to discuss specific biosafety policy issues and help formulate biosafety policies.
Secretary's Technical Advisory Group, Department of Agriculture, I served as member from 1998-2003. I provided directly to the Secretary of the Department advice on biotechnology and biosafety policies. I wrote policy papers and issuance's on biotechnology development for the Secretary. I provided technical advice in the formulation of Administrative Order No.8 Series of 2002, the basic biosafety policy of the Department and helped finalize the policy statement on the safe and responsible use of modern biotechnology signed by President GM Arroyo July 16, 2001. During this period I formulated and got approval for the current national biotechnology program being implemented by the Biotechnology Program Implementation Unit of the Department.
Technical Committee on Applied Biotechnology Researcg, DA-PL480 Biotechnology Program. Dept. of Agriculture, I served as Chair 2001-date. The Technical Committee on Applied Biotechnology Research is responsible for evaluating and recommending for funding and support and for monitoring the implementation of specific biotechnology projects deemed relevant to the program of the Department. I sign for all the official documents prepared by the Committee.
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • English
  • Ilocano/Filipino
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
  • Filipino
/A
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
  • Filipino
/A
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
  • Filipino
/A
References
References
Hon. Proceso J. Alcala
Secretary
Department of Agriculture (DA)
Elliptical Circle, Diliman
Quezon City
Philippines, 1100
Phone:+632 928-8762 to 65 loc. 2210/2214/2254; +632 920-4369
Fax:+632 920-3986
Email:spja_osec@da.gov.ph
Url:DA
Key Professional References
Dr. Segredo Serrano, Undersecretary for Policy and Planning, Department of Agriculture, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, Tel.No. +63 2 920 4084; +63 2 928 8741-46 (LOCAL 2317/2319) Mobile: +63 919 861 9224 Fax No.: +63 2 928 0590 Email: llanera72@gmail.com, llanera72@yahoo.com
Dr. Ernelea Cao, Director, Natral Sciences REsearch Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines Tel. No. +63 2 925 2964; Mobile No. +63 917 752 0964; Email ernelea.cao@up.edu.ph
Additional Information
Additional Information
Having been closely associated with the efforts of the Department of Agriculture in developing its regulatory system for GM crops, I believe I have a lot of experiences from which other developing countries would learn. Management of public participation is one such experience. Our experience of being able to draw participation of various sectors in policy formulation without loss of over-all policy direction is one. Also, my experience at assessing gaps in biosafety implementation and designing appropriate capacity-building programs and tools would most likely help other developing countries. Our capacity to implement a fairly strict biosafety regime at minimal expense is also worth learning about.