Friday, April 20, 2012

FILCOLS @ 42nd CSSP Scientific Conference, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

FILCOLS’ Alvin Buenaventura delivered a talk entitled Protecting Crops, Protecting Copyright last 17 April 2012 at the A & A Plaza Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. The event, 42nd Crop Science Society of the Philippines Scientific Conference with the theme “Linking Crop Science Technology and Farmers Toward Sustainable Agricultural Productivity” started last April 16 and lasted until April 21. It was attended by around 300 writers, researchers and scientists from the academe, corporations and research institutions based in Abra, Agusan del Norte, Aklan, Batangas, Benguet, Bukidnon, Bulacan, Cotabato, Davao City, Davao del Norte, General Santos, Ifugao, Iloilo City, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Kalinga, Laguna, Leyte, Manila, Makati, Marikina, Misamis Oriental, Nueva Ecija, Pagadian City, Palawan and Zamboanga City.

In his talk, Buenaventura said protecting crops is also about protecting the future of the people because most of our food come from the crops. He then showed the relationship between crops and copyright by discussing the importance of research on crop science. Through research, farming and crop science evolve more rapidly to become more appropriate and responsive to the needs of the current generation. This eventually leads to the researches and their creators being given enough protection. If the researches and their creators are protected through copyright and patent (for inventions), more authors/scientists/researchers will be able to focus on what they do best. They will have more time to do more research, and more confidence to execute ground-breaking experiments. More importantly, more individuals will follow this path. The result is more people working towards the protection of the future. After his talk, Buenaventura invited everyone to join FILCOLS. He also announced the upcoming activities of FILCOLS that will be held in different parts of the country. Around 300 membership forms were distributed by the FILCOLS team.

The national conference featured a number of plenary sessions (one of these is the talk delivered by FILCOLS’ Executive Director Buenaventura), a technical writing workshop, viewing of posters and exhibits, forum and techno clinic for the agri-entrepreneurs, CSSP business meeting, competition for the best paper, awarding and recognition ceremony, induction of new members and officers of CSSP, fellowship night and eco-tour for the participants.

The event was organized by The CSSP, Inc. headed by Dr. Leoncia L. Tandang, CSSP president, in cooperation with Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research, Philippine Rice Research Institute, Monsanto Phils., Puerto Princesa City, Palawan Provincial Government, Western Philippines University and Palawan State University.

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