Founded in February 1966, the Biology Teachers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (BIOTA) is a SEC-registered non-stock, non-profit organization that aims to promote the science of Biology in all its branches. It began when a group of biology teachers and biologists met to discuss ways of improving introductory college courses. At present, BIOTA is one of the largest professional organizations, with regional and active members all over the Philippines. It prides itself with the vision of advancing Biology as a science and pursuing excellence in biology education in the country, through activities, programs and events that enhance working relations and cooperation among educators, researchers, organizations, and agencies involved in biology education, as well as inspire and encourage students to opt for a career in biological sciences. A major event hosted by BIOTA is a national convention held annually, with varying themes responsive to current and relevant issues, highlighting how biologists can contribute as well as the corresponding challenges and opportunities for biology teaching and research. BIOTA spearheads activities to foster unity, fellowship, and exchange of ideas among members, and to uphold biology as an integral field of academics and research.