The Biology Teachers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (BIOTA-Phils., Inc.), in cooperation with the University of Makati and Commission on Higher Education, held its 44th annual BIOTA National Convention and Scientific Sessions last April 2 – 4, 2009 at the University of Makati in West Rembo, Makati City.

Guided by the theme, “Biologists in Biosource Exploration and Conservation”, the national convention aims to affirm the biologist’s vital role as agent of change in the exploration and conservation of the Earth’s bioresources. Furthermore, it aims to identify effective ways by which contemporary teaching approaches and practical research methods can be integrated into the Biology course at different education levels. The convention also stressed the responsibility of biology teachers and researches in promoting interest, understanding, and appreciation of biological science. The convention provided a venue for teachers to share their experiences and to enhance their knowledge on research works, teaching innovations, and other creative activities that may help improve and promote Biology education in the country.

The event was attended by biology teachers and researchers from all levels of public and private schools and educational institutions nationwide. Major activities during the event included plenary sessions, seminars, workshops, demonstrations, hands-on activities, poster exhibits/discussions, and commercial exhibits.

Aside from the formal convention, a fellowship night and testimonial dinner was staged at the University of Makati food court. Also, a field trip of the whole length of Pasig River was arranged, sponsored by the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission. Complimentary tickets to the Manila Ocean Park were given to all members of BIOTA where the delegates enjoyed a night of fun filled adventures.