QUEZON CITY — Dr. Richard Nixon Gomez, a scientist and investor, on Monday categorically said that “By year 2030, if approved by the government, a P40-billion annual income will be generated from medical cannabis alone.”
During the Media Health Forum in Quezon City, hosted by veteran radio broadcasters Rolando “Lakay” Gonzalo and Edwin Jose Eusebio, Dr. Gomez, president/chief executive officer and general manager of Bauertek Corporation, highlighted the capability of the Philippines to do medical cannabis locally even though the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are still pushing for the importation of medical cannabis.
A few days ago a Senate hearing was conducted by Sen. Robinhood “Robin” Padilla, chairman of the Senate Committee on Dangerous Drugs, and vice chairman Sen. Jose Victor “JV” Ejercito on the proposed bill on the legalization of medical cannabis.
“Given all the credentials, all the capabilities of Bauertek, nagulat si Sen. Padilla na hindi pa binibigyan ng license ng DDB ang Bauertek such that they been coordinating with DDB since February this year, but to no avail,” Dr. Gomez noted.
According to Dr. Gomez, some of the points raised during the discussion in the Senate were “Ang Pilipinas daw una walang kakayanan na gumawa ng medical cannabis at dapat imported lamang. Wala raw kakayanan ang Pilipinas at dapat imported lamang.
“Ang Israel ay nagresearch ng 19 years at dapat tayo ay magresearch din ng 19 years,” Dr. Gomez said.
“Proper indoor ang cultivation ng medical cannabis. Patient database na makokontrol ang paggamit ng medical cannabis na dapat daw magpatulong pa sa Israel,” Dr. Gomez added.
Dr. Gomez has been a radio broadcaster for two decades now, a licensed natural path practitioner and has been conducting free consultation for more than 100 patients every day.
The multi-awarded Filipino scientist and inventor has his own pharmaceutical company with license from the Food and Drug Administration to manufacture food, drugs and cosmetic products and with fully-automated manufacturing facility located in Sta. Rita, Guiguinto, Bulacan.
“We have the ability to control the amount of moisture inside the laboratory para hindi masisira ang ating mga gamot. We can also control the amount of pressure – negative or positive pressure. Nakokontrol din ang air purity,” Dr. Gomez stressed.
Dr. Gomez pointed out that Bauertek can extract 10,000 particles per unit which is 10 times better than international standards. Drug manufacturing, food supplements and cosmetic products, all in just three years.
“Bukod sa paggawa ng gamot, kailangan natin ng raw materials. Ang hirap dyan maraming raw materials ang hindi pumapasa sa standards ng Bauertek,” Dr. Gomez said.
Likewise, Dr. Gomez cited that Bauertek had a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing which allocated hectares of land where a processing facility such that the herbal plant will be harvested in Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University in Ilocos Norte in Region I.
“A processing facility is also established in Nueva Ecija in Region III. Hectares of malunggay are planted. Source of planting materials or binhi — 2 feet tall, after 30 days pinuputol at hinaharvest sa loob mismo ng government plant,” Dr. Gomez added.
In Isabela State University in Echague, Isabela, Dr. Gomez said, is where a non-GMO (genetically modified organism) tissue culture with own variety propagated and replanted is located.
“With hybrid luyang dilaw, which is high in corcumine, which weighs from 3 kilos, 5 kilos or 7 kilos are produced in Isabela facility. Corcumine has anti-cancer, anti-tumor properties and can also treat prostate enlargement,” Dr. Gomez added. – Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.