The creation of the National Training Center for Biosafety and Biosecurity (NTCBB) under the National Institutes of Health was approved by the UP Board of Regents on February 22, 2018. The NTCBB becomes the 11th component institute of the NIH, along with three centers and more than 40 study groups. With the approval of the Center, the BOR also approved the creation of the National Biosafety Framework that covers aspects of both biosafety and biosecurity.
The birth of the NTCBB emphasizes the importance of multi-sectoral engagement and support, with the Center’s programs aligned with the programs of biosafety and biosecurity of various departments in both local and national government and private institutions.
To create a national training center for training and practice of the principles of biosafety and biosecurity among research, academic and healthcare institutions in the Philippines and the region; and to promote a culture of safety and security in all laboratories working on biological hazards in the Philippines and the region.
Specifically, the Center envisions to be a source of relevant information and expertise related to the practice of biosafety and biosecurity in the Philippines, to provide the capacity for training for biosafety and biosecurity practitioners in the Philippines, and to be the focal training center in the country that will link with counterpart organization globally.
In 2006, the US Bioengagement Program (BEP) conducted a series of laboratory biosafety and biosecurity training and capacity building activities in the Philippines.
In 2010, BEP has partnered with University of the Philippines Manila Institutional Biosafety Committee (UPM-IBC) chaired by Dr. Raul Destura to develop a 1-year staggered certificate program, the Advanced Biorisk Officer Training Program (ABOT).
On February 22, 2018, the National Training Center for Biosafety and Biosecurity (NTCBB), under National Institutes of Health was approved by the UP Board of Regents.
On April 16, 2018, the National Training Center for Biosafety and Biosecurity (NTCBB) was officially launched at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria with the UP-NIH Chancellor Dr. Carmencita Padilla, Vice Chancellor for Research Dr. Eva Cutiongco – De La Paz, NTCBB Director Dr. Raul Destura, PPSC President PDDG Ricardo De Leon, ABOT graduates and special guests. It was also during this time at the 1st Consultative Conference on the Establishment of the Biosafety and Biosecurity Framework that the Center’s mandate, goals and flagship programs were presented.