Batac City, Ilocos Norte – The agriculture sector in the country still finds opportunities in the rapidly changing food markets in Asia and the fast urbanization and transformation of the supply chain, agricultural economist Dr. Arsenio M. Balisacan said during the 48th Convention of the Philippine Agricultural Economics and Development (PAEDA) held in this city.

The convention hosted by the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) gathered agricultural economic experts and development practitioners from all over the Philippines to discuss the challenges of enhancing the competitiveness of Philippine agriculture. 


Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario G. Montejo, in his address during the launching of the Philippine Genomics Center in Shangri-la Hotel Makati City, last November 28, 2011, said that DOST will focus its genomics program on health, agriculture, livestock, fisheries and biodiversity.

Genomics, a flagship program of DOST, can be a “game-changing tool that could offer enormous rewards to our people,” according to Secretary Montejo.


Researchers in the country can now program their research activities in emerging science with the setting up of the sector’s research and development roadmaps.Led by the Department of Science and Technology’s  Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology (DOST-PCIEERD) last October, the crafting of the R&D roadmaps involved stakeholders in the fields of genomics and nanotechnology.