The Philippines may hold regional Biological Weapons Convention

The Philippines may hold a regional Biological Weapons Convention later this year following the Seventh Review Conference of the BWC held in Geneva in December.

The Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations actively participated in the review conference and the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs recently expressed interest in holding the regional meeting, according to

"The United Nations and other participants expressed strong interest in convening a second regional BWC Conference in the Philippines later in 2012, and in supporting the Philippines' efforts in Southeast Asia in synergizing implementation activities for the BWC and other Weapons of Mass Destruction Conventions," the DFA said, reporta.

During the BWC review conference, the Philippines was lauded for its work putting together the BWC Conference Week held in Makati City in June. The DFA and the Philippines Anti-Terrorism Council organized the event with cooperation from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the European Union and the UN.

The Philippine delegation to the BWC review conference included Ambassador Evan Garcia, Minister Jesus Domingo and attache Hossana dela Cruz. Defense and Armed Forces attache Colonel Inincencio Mayangao and Department of Justice State Council Attorney Paulito De Jesus also attended.

The Philippines was elected as vice president during the conference and Minister Domingo was selected to act as a facilitator for discussions related to assistance and cooperation.