Institutional Biorisk Committee (IBC)


Objectives                 Review Workflow                      IBC Manual 
General Functions   Review Fee                                IBC Form 1
IBC Composition     Review Forms                            IBC Form 2

About Us

The Institutional Biorisk Committee (IBC) of Cebu Technological University is responsible for reviewing all research involving valuable biological materials (VBMs). The committee has an overall sight and responsibility for the Biosafety and Biosecurity Program at Cebu Technological University (CTU).


The IBC:

  • ensures that the university research activities and laboratories meet the standard of good biological safety to promote environmental health and security;
  • implements management risks associated with research involving pathogenic microorganisms;
  • and minimizes or prevents exposure from infectious agents to the person handling it in the lab, the lab, the building occupants, the community, and the environment.

General Functions

The IBC  sets and implements formal risk management systems to ensure safety and security measures in the laboratory and research conducted in the institution. To accomplish these tasks, the IBC will;

  • review and approve research involving VBMs that may pose environmental, health, and safety risks;
  • assess containment levels, facilities, procedures, practices, training, and expertise of personnel involved in research  activities and laboratories;
  •  advise researchers to meet the established biosafety and biosecurity standards;
  • implement modern risk management systems and mitigation and performance in food and science laboratory;
  • and investigate any significant research-related accidents or illnesses.

The IBC Composition

Biosafety Clearance

Review Workflow

Review Fees

          Government-funded research (e.g. DOST, PCHRD, CHED) 2,500
          GAA-funded research Free
          Undergraduate student research Free
          Graduate student research 2,500
          Government-funded research (e.g. DOST, PCHRD, CHED) 3,000
          Undergraduate student research 3,500
          Graduate student research  


IBC Manual

IBC Form 1 Risk Asessment for Research Work

IBC Form 2 Risk Asessment for Laboratory Work


Training-Seminar on Concepts on Laboratory Animal and Animal Research and Biosecurity (March 12-14, 2020)

The (Institutional Biorisk Committee (IBC) under the supervision of the University Research Ethics Office (UREO) and the Research and Development of the Cebu Technological University organized a training-seminar on “the concepts of biosafety and biosecurity” on March 14, 2020. This activity which was participated by the different HEIs in the region was held in CTU Main Campus. Dr. Adrian Ybanez, Vice-President for Research and Development and the Chair of IACUC, gave the overview of the training course. The training highlighted the biosecuriry and biosafety, risk assessment, mitigation and control measures. Resource speakers were from the National Training Center for Biosafety and Biosecurity in UP Manila, Dr. Gianne Eduard Ulanday and our Vice- President for Research and Development and a certified Biosafety Officer, Dr. Adrian P. Ybanez.

Dr. Joy dela Pena, one of the participants said, “this was my main takeaway from the 3-day seminar: biosafety awareness and practices have a silent urgency that has implications for the welfare of both individuals and institutions. We need to reinforce key persons and strengthen biosafety programs to ensure this welfare.”-rmmm/ccmr



The Vice-President for Research and Development completed the Advanced Biosafety Training Course 5 (ABOT 5) by National Training Center for Biosafety and Biosecurity

The Cebu Technological University VP Research and Development, Dr. Adrian Ybanez, completed the Advanced Biosafety Officers Training Course (ABOT 5) facilitated by the National Training Center for Biosafety and Biosecurity at the Hotel Jen, Manila City.Dr. Ybanez was one of the two representatives from Region 7. This nationwide training course was represented by most of the regions in the Philippines.

The first semester of the course was held on August 13 – 24, 2018 while the second semester was scheduled on November 12 – 23, 2018.Finally, the third semester was set on January 28, 2019 – February 1, 2019.

Dickman et al. (2015) defined biosafety in their article titled “Biosafety and biosecurity: a relative risk-based framework for safer, more secure, and sustainable laboratory capacity building”. Biosafety refers to “principles, technologies, practices, and measures implemented to prevent the accidental release of or unintentional exposure to pathogenic agents” (Dickman e tal., 2015). –rmmm/ccmr








NTCBB accepts two applicants from CTU for the PRP and Insider Threat Management Course

The National Training Center for Biosafety and Biosecurity (NTCBB) accepted two applicants from the Cebu Technological University to participate in the 2019 Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) and Insider Threat Management Course at EDSA Shangri-la, Manila on December 9 – 13, 2019.

Dr. Adrian Ybanez was one of the accepted applicants and became the only participant of this course from the Cebu Technological University.

On December 9, 2019, Dr.  Raul V. Destura, the Director of NTCBB gave the opening remarks while Dr. Carmencita Padilla, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Manila inspired the participants through her inspirational message together with the message from the partners.

Moreover, Dr. Gianne Eduard Ulanday from NTCBB Training Lead PRP 2019 presented the overview of the training and introduction of the participants. Pre-test and post-test, overview of biosafety and biosecurity principles were also demonstrated including lectures and workshop during the entire management course.



Resource Speaker on Basic Biosafety in Mindanao State University -Main Campus (MSU) (February 18-19, 2019)


 CTU IBC Chair attend the Operationalizing Institutions’ Biosafety Committees

The Cebu Technological University Institutional Biorisk Chair, Ms. Alita S. Labiaga, attended the Operationalizing Institutions at the Cebu Doctors’ University on September 25-27, 2019. This training -workshop was organized by DOST-CVCHRD to orient and inform participants with the systemized and organized set of regulations for biosafety and biosecurity practices for the different research institutions. Specifically, this provides assistance to the institutions in operationalizing an Institutional Biorisk Committee (IBC). This training also discussed the different issues that impact compliance with biosafety regulations. 


The IBC members join the RITM and UP-NIH Visit

The members of the Cebu Technological University Institutional Biorisk Committee (IBC) joined the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health      (UP-NIH) Visit for benchmarking in organizing the ways in setting up and creating the IBC at the home university. Members who joined in the benchmarking were Ms. Alita S. Labiaga, Cecile M. Sadili, Dr. Ruby Destajo, and Dr. Adrian Ybanez on July 16, 2019.

The mission of National Institutes of Health is “to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability ( Concerning the University of the Philippines – National Institute of Health’s mission is to be “a major resource center for health research and capacity-building using the framework “Partnership for Better Health”. ( Hence, these two institutes focus on the health research.

Lastly, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine aims “to protect Filipinos against infectious diseases through the conduct of globally competitive research, training, clinical and diagnostic services and production of biologicals.” ( rmmm/ccmr

CTU IBC Representatives participate in the Course on the Introduction to Biocontainment and Laboratory Design in Clark

CTU Representatives participated in Course on the Introduction to Biocontainment and Laboratory Design at the Clark Marriot Hotel in Clark, Pampanga on July 17, 2019.

Ms. Alita S. Labiaga, Cecile Sadili and Dr. Ruby Destajo represented the Cebu Technological University Institutional Biorisk Committee (IBC).

The lectures and course agenda focused on the principles of biocontainment facilitated by Prof. Angelo DV dela Tonga and biosafety cabinet certification  use presented by Mr. Kenny Chee, Esco Global Technical Support Manager during the morning session.

Furthermore, the lectures on the facility design for biocontainment and the engineering concepts for biocontainment done by Engr. Bianca Mae Adalem and personal protective equipment in biocontainment by Dr. Gianne Ulanday.

This introductory course on biosafety and biosecurity was organized by the National Training Center for Biosafety and Biosecurity, the Philippine Society for Microbiology and ESCO. – rmmm/ccmr

IBC Committee members join the Seminar on  Biorisk Awareness

The Cebu Technological University Institutional Biorisk Committee members joined the Seminar on Biorisk Awareness on December 6 – 7, 2018. The participants involved Ms. Alita S.  Labiaga, Cecile M. Sadili and Dr. Sheilalaine Romulo. Among the resource speakers were Dr. Raul V. Destura, Dr. Adrian P. Ybanez and Dr. Gianne Eduard Ulanday.

“Biorisk (risk is a function of likelihood and consequences) that a particular biological event (in the context of this document: naturally occurring diseases, accidents, unexpected discovery, or deliberate misuse of biological agents and toxins), which may affect adversely the health of human populations may occur….” ( –rmmm/ccmr

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