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ERDB participates in the 1st Philippine Symposium on Freshwater Biodiversity and Ecosystem

The University of Santo Thomas (UST) in cooperation with the International Society of Limnology (SIL) hosted the 1st Philippine Symposium on Freshwater Biodiversity and Ecosystems (PSFBE) last June 7-10 2016 at the Buenaventura Garcia, Paredes, OP Building, UST, Manila. Participants were a mix of young professionals, academicians and researchers from government and non-government institutions that deal with freshwater biodiversity and ecosystems research. The ERDB represented by Ms. Cynthia C. Marquez and Ms. Yves Christian Cabillon of the Coastal Zone and Freshwater Ecosystems Research Division (CZFERD) also took part in the symposium by presenting a poster titled “Phytoplankton as indicators of water quality of three river systems in NCR and Southern Luzon, Philippines.”

The course was composed of lectures in the plenary and parallel sessions, round table discussions, graduate student oral competition and poster viewing, and also covered diverse topics including Conservation Management and Policy, Philippine Freshwater Ecosystems, Freshwater Ecosystems of Tropical Asia/Taxonomy and Systematics and Biodiversity in Taal Volcano Protected Landscape.

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ERDB Research Centers’ capabilities on IPM strengthened

In line with the proposed implementation of the Integrated Pest Management development in forest nurseries and plantations, the ERDB spearheaded the conduct of a 4-day training on “Standardization of IPM activities and deliverables” on June 11-16, 2016 at the ERDB Auditorium.

ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado who graced the opening program along with other key officials of the Research Bureau stated that the training is imperative considering the country’s problem on pest infestations because of monoculture forest plantations like that of the Benguet pine in Baguio City.

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BCWERC conducts GIS-based resource inventory, vulnerability assessment and impacts of climate change in Malalison Island, Culasi, Antique

Small islands were of high risks on the effects brought by climate change. Sea level rise, coastal erosion and extreme climatic events such as tsunamis and typhoons are the most prevalent in small islands and coastal areas. The Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) of the ERDB is geared towards enhancing resilience of wetlands and coastal areas to support biodiversity conservation and ecotourism development in the Visayas Region. The Center is implementing a program entitled “GIS-Based Resource Inventory, Vulnerability Assessment and Impacts of Climate Change to Small Islands with Ecotourism Potentials in the Visayas Region”.

For this year, the BCWERC in Region 6, identified Malalison Island in Culasi, Antique as its project site. Malalison Island has been a destination for family outings mostly by the locals due to its blue-pristine water and spectacular sceneries of sea and mountain views. However, it is now making its name as a prime tourist destination in the Western Visayas Region, it was after some media-men, bloggers and volunteers discovered the alluring view of the island during relief operations after typhoon Haiyan devastated the area. Aside from the rewarding view, the Island is a sanctuary for different flora and fauna endemic in the area such as, wild ferns, tropical sundews, wild pineapple and pitcher plants. Truly, Malalison Island has great potential to be the next sought-after ecotourism destination.

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Osmeña Reforestation Project at Camp 7, Minglanilla, Cebu celebrates 100 Years

Top officials from Cebu and Los Baños, Laguna converged at Camp 7, Minglanilla, Cebu last June 1, 2016 to mark the centennial celebration of the Osmeña Reforestation Project (ORP). Gracing the event were Cebu’s top government officials led by Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III; Cebu City mayor-elect, Tomas R. Osmeña; and Minglanilla Mayor, Elanito Peña.

The Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) hosted the said event in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 7. DENR 7 Regional Director, Isabelo Montejo and BCWERC Center Head, Dr. Alicia L. Lustica with the support of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB). Assistant Director, Dr. Antonio M. Daño, led the celebration which was participated in by more than 150 participants comprising of DENR 7, EMB, MGB, BCWERC staff, business partners, stakeholders, and representatives from various government agencies, NGOs, and People’s Organizations (POs).

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BCWERC conducts underwater assessment in Gigantes Island

The study “Biodiversity Profiling and Carrying Capacity Determination of Priority Ecotourism Areas in Visayas Region”, conducted an underwater assessment of Gigantes Island, Carles, Iloilo on April 20-29, 2016. The assessment aims to establish baseline information of the marine ecosystem or underwater resources of the designated areas after the occurrence of typhoon “Yolanda” and detect changes in its condition.

Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, BCWERC Center Head and Project Leader of the abovementioned project, directed the BCWERC Region 7 licensed divers namely, Ms. Hanna Lou Castillo, For. Celeste Rallos, For. Gerry Saludo III, and Mr. Jon Alfonso Horvidalla to conduct the assessment. With the technical supervision of Mr. Excalibur Seterra also a licensed diver and at the same time an aquaculturist of the Iloilo Provincial Agriculture Office spearheaded the assessment together with the assistance of Ms. Lovejoy Tejido of BCWERC 6, Mr. Larry Joie Alag of Philippine Life Saving and Mr. Julieto Manggasang, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer of Carles.

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ERDB, PSAU ink MOA for GIP’s Application of Protocol Study

Director Henry A. Adornado of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) and President Honorio M. Soriano of the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the joint implementation of the study entitled “Application of Propagation Protocols Developed in the Growth and Survival of Superior Indigenous Forest Tree Species” under the ERDB’s Genetic improvement Project last April 22, 2016 at Abe’s Farm and Resort in Magalang, Pampanga.

The ERDB delegation was composed of Dr. Carlos S. Arida, Sr, Center Head of the Water and Watershed Resources Research Center (WWRRC); Forester Kristine Marie S. Amatus, the Study Leader; Forester Romana A. Mauricio and Mrs. Fe Cortiguerra. For PSAU, the MOA signing was witnessed by Dr. Darwin E. Totaan, the Project Coordinator for the study, Auditor Melvic T. Parel and Accountant Maria Pia D. Dinio.

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UTHRC conducts Symposium on RA 6969

As the DENR rationalization plan was fully implemented, the revised functions of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau and its newly created centers put the bureau into direct dealings with its clients. A one-day Symposium on RA 6969 otherwise known as the “Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990 and other related information is an effective activity to have a deeper understanding of the salient features of the said law. Notably, RA 6969 is the main focus of the newly created Urban, Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes Research Center (UTHRC). Hence, an IEC activity was conducted last May 19, 2016.

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MDARRC, PSTC-Davao del Norte hold Training-Workshop for PWDs

The Mining and Degraded Areas Rehabilitation Research Center (MDARRC) in cooperation with the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC)- Davao del Norte of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Region XI conducted a training-workshop on Nursery Management and Tree Propagation for the members of Davao del Norte Person with Disability Association (DAVNOR PWD Association) on April 11-14, 2016 at MDARRC Research Station 1, Amas, Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

There were thirty (30) participants from DAVNOR PWD Association who attended the training-workshop. They were accompanied by the staff of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) of Davao del Norte.

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ERDB starts rehabilitation of diseased trees

Trees provide great benefits to people that is the reason why health assessment and rehabilitation are important to extend tree life to bring back its beauty and form. Thus, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) team composed of Forester Cecille Quiambao-Marquez, Mr. Jose Aniciete, Mr. Jay Senson, Mr. Gilbert Buenaobra and Mr. Jester Ralph Mangilin of the Laboratory and Experimental Services Division conducted an initial tree risk assessment and rehabilitation to record the health and condition of eight trees from February 22 to March 10, 2016 within the ERDB premises.

Based on ocular inspection, 62.5% of the target trees have normal overall health status; while 37.5% of the target trees have low overall health status. Presence of ants, termites, scorpion, earthworms, beetles, and epiphytes were also observed.

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UTHRC holds Focus Group Discussion

As a strategy to generate an updated database on the implementation of solid waste management being undertaken both by government and private sectors in resettlement areas in Metro Manila, a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) was undertaken. The Urban, Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes Research Center (UTHRC) held the said activity on March 18, 2016 in Disciplina Village, Brgy. Ugong, Valenzuela City. Thirty-six residents consisting of 12 males and 24 females from the relocation area actively participated in the discussion. Ecological Solid Waste Management Practices within the area have been discussed as part of the IEC campaign on RA 9003. Salient features of RA 9003 form part of the agenda in the FGD. Engineer Teresa S. Salanguit presented the said topic.

In the end, observation during the discussion clearly defined the strength and weaknesses, opportunities and threats with regard to the implementation of the solid waste management project in the area. Hence, results are vital inputs in the establishment of a baseline information for the study entitled “Settlement Processes and Determination of ESWM Schemes in Selected Resettlement Areas in NCR” which is currently being implemented by the UTHRC. UTHRC

 

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Manila City librarians visit ERDB for lakbay aral

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Twelve librarians and administrative staff from the Manila City Library and its branches visited the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) on April 14, 2016. The visit was conducted as a part of the Bureau’s ongoing activity, “Lakbay Aral sa ERDB”.

            Technology Transfer Division (TTD) Chief Ms. Veronica Sinohin welcomed the participants upon their arrival. She also briefed them on the Bureau’s structure, functions, and activities. Likewise, ERDB Librarian Ms. Maricel Villaruel presented her lecture titled “ERDB Library: Moving Forward to the World of Research” that discussed the organization and management of the ERDB Special Library, as well as its services and publications.

            The participants also toured around the ERDB facilities such as the Library, Circulation Unit, Bamboo and Rattan Gallery, and the Research and Development Demonstration Zone (RDZ) for Clonal Propagation and Charcoal Briquetting Technology. They also visited the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Main Library upon prior coordination.

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ERDB Multi-Purpose Cooperative conducts Pre-membership Seminar for UTHRC personnel

On March 16, 2016, the personnel from UTHRC (Urban, Toxic and Hazardous Waste Research Center) and other DENR offices such as DENR-NCR, FMB attended a one-day ERDB Multipurpose Cooperative pre-membership seminar at the UTHRC Office located at the DENR-NCR Compound, North Avenue, Quezon City.

The seminar aimed to orient and encourage employees of the Research Center to join and enjoy the benefits of being a cooperative member. Seventeen UTHRC staff attended the orientation-seminar. Ms. Alyn Altoveros, Cooperative Manager, Ms. Bienvenida Sanchez, Chairman of the Board and Board of Directors, Ms. Alice Calderon and Mr. Manolito Sy, of the said cooperative conducted the seminar.

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TPPU-UTHRC facilitates hands-on-training on CBT

In line with the IEC campaign of the Urban, Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes Research Center (UTHRC), hands-on training is being used as one of the strategies for technology promotion. In response to the request of the members of the Metro Agri Community Association (MACA), Quezon City, Technology Packaging and Promotion Unit (TPPU - UTHRC) facilitated a Hands-on Training on Charcoal Briquetting Technology (CBT) at the SAMAKAT CBT Project, Taguig City on April 2, 2016. The Samahan ng May Kapansanan (SAMAKAT) sa Taguig continues to adopt the Charcoal Briquetting Technology (CBT) project in Brgy. Bagong Kalsada, Taguig City. Hence, it is now being used as the demo area for the said project.

A total of 11 members of the Metro Agri Community Association were given an actual training on the said technology. Mr. Mario Galvez, President of the SAMAKAT gave a short lecture before the actual demo of the process. On the other hand, Ms. Salvacion Samson, a UTHRC staff showed the necessary equipment that is used in the production of briquettes as well as the proper setting up of the equipment. After the actual demonstration, Ms. Diana Gernandiso, President of the MACA pledged her support to the CBT project. Accordingly, she believes that CBT is an outstanding practice to support the recycling process under the solid waste management. UTHRC

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UTHRC conducts Forum on ENR Technologies

As part of the IEC campaign for technology promotion, the Technology Transfer and Packaging Unit of the Urban, Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes Research Center (TTPU-UTHRC) conducted a Forum on ENR Technologies on March 10, 2016 at the Cocoon Boutique Hotel, Quezon City.

A total of 43 representatives from the 13 cities in Metro Manila attended the occasion. Five (5) ENR technologies were presented on Charcoal Briquetting, Recycling, Composting, Nursery Establishment, Clonal Propagation Technique and Vertical Planting. Several considerations on technology adoption were discussed in the open forum. Queries include the technical aspects like maintenance in the establishment of a vertical planting within the LRT-MRT areas specifically on water consumption.

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WWRRC employees plant seedlings for NGP

Spearheaded by Dr. Carlos S. Arida, WWRRC Center Head, employees plant seedlings every Friday to meet the 43,000 cloned seedlings target by the center under the National Greening Program (NGP). It is estimated that each person can pot an average of 500 seedlings a day. With this, the target seedlings are expected to be ready for delivery within the third quarter.

Each employee carries pots to the seedling beds, prepares the planting materials, waters the seedlings, removes the weeds, and helps in other nursery activities. These weekly nursery activities created opportunities for work relationships to be built and developed as everyone is mobilized towards a common goal.

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WWRRC joins the RMTU exhibit

WWRRC participated in the three-day exhibit of Ramon Magsaysay Technological University (RMTU) Botolan Campus at RMTU Main Campus in Iba, Zambales on February 10-12. This is in celebration of the RMTU’s 18th Founding Anniversary with the theme “#RMTU@18: Embracing Changes, Transcending Challenges, Pursuing Greatness”.

The WWRRC exhibited the projects of ERDB-DENR and Natural Resources Development Corporation (NRDC) on Clonal Nursery and Mycorrhiza. Different information, education, and communication (EC) materials produced and packaged by WWRRC were also displayed and distributed to students and teachers. This is to increase the awareness on caring for our environment and importance of our natural resources. A total of 700 IEC materials were distributed during the 3-day exhibit. Among the IEC materials were foldable fans, flyers on bamboo, climate change, nipa, Seed Production Area (SPA), waste management and vulnerability assessment.

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ERDB conducts seminar for ERDB’s newly-appointed and contractual employees

A seminar was conducted on April 1, 2016 for the ERDB’s newly appointed and contractual employees. Mrs. Veronica O. Sinohin, Chief of the Technology transfer Division (TTD) gave a brief introduction of ERDB including its brief history, functions, ERDB organizational structure, functions of the ERDB main office and the regional centers.

ERDB Director Dr. Henry A. Adornado, gave the opening message during the seminar while Mr. Angelito A. Exconde, Chief of the Administration, Finance and Management Division (AFMD) introduced the speaker.

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Learning event held to discuss BCWERC RDE operations and management

Technical and support staff of the Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) have recently convened to review the status of all Research, Development and Extension (RDE) projects including updates on financial status and administrative operations last March 17-19, 2016 at the Samar Island Natural Park (SINP), Paranas, Samar. The activity called as “1st Quarter BCWERC Learning Event on RDE Operations and Management for 2016” was primarily organized to re-evaluate the center’s various RDE activities and to harmonize strategies and approaches utilized in project implementation.

The event highlighted the presentation of RDE reports, which focused on the 1st quarter updates, issues, and concerns. OIC, Center Head of BCWERC, Dr. Alicia L. Lustica emphasized the need to provide researchers an avenue to share, discuss, obtain additional inputs, and evaluate research methodologies based on the initial status of RDE project implementation for the 1st Quarter of 2016.

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BCWERC monitors mangrove condition in oil-spill affected lava island in Cordova, Cebu

Eight (8) BCWERC technical staff from the project “Benchmarking and Impact Assessment of Mangrove and Beach Forest Rehabilitation in Disaster-Affected Areas” revisited the benchmarked site in Lava Island, Barangay Day-as, Cordova last March 8-9, 2016 to monitor any significant improvement from last year’s findings as well as to gather additional data on the condition of the mangrove ecosystem.

Three transect lines were established during the assessment having seaward, middle-ward and landward plots where six (6) mangrove species were identified such as: bakauan bato (Rhizophora stylosa), bakauan lalaki (Rhizophora apiculata), bungalon (Avicennia marina), pagatpat (Sonneratia alba), tabigi (Xylocarpus granatum), and malatangal (Ceriops decandra). Among the six species, R. stylosa was found to be dominant in each transect and also has a greater stem diameter than all other mangrove species in the area. In general, the mangrove forest is healthy as there are only few occurrences of individual trees with pest and disease. Macrobenthic organisms dwelling below the water column which are visible to the naked eye were also collected and mostly composed of gastropods (snails).

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ERDB and partner SUCs all set for CY 2016 and beyond

Girded for CY 2016 and beyond, ERDB and partner State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) convened for the 2016 1st SUC Discussion on NGP on 14-17 March 2016 at the Visayas State University (VSU), Baybay City, Leyte.

ERDB-NGP Operations Center (NGP OpCen) and 22 of 27 partner SUCs attended the said event. The previous year’s accomplishments, issues, and concerns, the CY 2016 action plans, and the CY 2017 – 2028 forward plans and criteria for SUCs involvement in the expanded NGP were discussed.

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ERDB joins workshop on Traditional Forest Knowledge

ERDB researchers, Ms. Karen Rae M. Fortus and Ms. Donnabel A. Elpedes, participated and presented a technical paper on “Documentation of Folk Culture of Selected Indigenous Communities in the Philippines: An Initial Assessment” during the workshop on Traditional Knowledge for Ecosystems Services in ASEAN Countries on March 2-4, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

With the greater goal for sustainable forest management (SFM), researchers from the academe and government offices from Korea, Peninsular Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Sabah exchanged research outputs and experiences by presenting their papers on folk culture related to ecosystems services. They believe that traditional knowledge is a valuable input to improve and strengthen existing SFM strategies and policies in Asia.

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ERDB joins World Water Day celebration

ERDB participated in the exhibit, sungka tournament, and fun run as part of the celebration of the World Water Day. The celebration aims to promote the importance of freshwater and sustainable management of freshwater resources with the theme “Water and Jobs”.

ERDB featured its study on climate change vulnerability assessment of coastal and marine areas in priority watersheds at the exhibit in Trinoma, Quezon City on March 22. On the same day, Ms. Florita E. Siapno and Marie L. Joy Zuraek joined the Sungka tournament. Thirty- one ERDB personnel participated in the fun run in Marikina Sports Complex on March 20. Mr. Paul Baguhin and Mr. Almiro Oltiveros won the first and third place, respectively in the 3,000-kilometer run.

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ERDB participates in SIPAG FIESTA exhibit

ERDB joined the SIPAG FIESTA exhibit on March 2-4 at PCAARRD Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna. Forest tree macropropagation techniques, HI-Q VAM 1 application, and production of DENR charcoal briquettes were featured at the exhibit.

Visitors of the exhibit were informed about the ERDB technologies. All queries were answered by the ERDB exhibitors. Most of the visitors were interested with HI-Q VAM 1 and bought kilos and sacks of the products of the said technology.

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ERDB conducts 1st Management Conference for CY 2016

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), through the Planning and Management Services Unit spearheaded the 1st Management Conference on March 8-11, 2016 at Camp John Hay, Baguio City. This activity has given the research sector the leeway to convene regularly to address attendant issues and concerns in the implementation of the ENR RDE Framework as well as its commitment and deliverables. It also serves as a venue to further discuss and agree on the direction of the research agenda to fulfill the Bureau’s vision of improving the quality of lives of the Filipino people.

This conference aimed to: (1) present the updates on the agreement made in the 4th Management Conference; 2) discuss the performance-based and monitoring of mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project and National Greening Program-Production of Quality Planning Materials (NGP-POPM) concerns (SPAs, IPTs, Clonal Facilities and SUC Partnership) and Strategic Plan for CY 2016; 3) discuss the minimum standards for Individual Performance Commitment and Review (IPCR); 5) present the RDE Roadmap of MDARC, UTHRC and BCWERC; 6) present and discuss the final RDE Framework 2017-2022 and; 7) provide other information through the Director’s Hour.

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Oplan Bambusa strengthened through BPPM training

The ERDB in partnership with the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, Philippine Army steered a three-day training on Bamboo Propagation, Plantation Establishment and Management (BPPM) to further reinforce the DENR-DND Bamboo Plantation Project in the Fort Ramon Magsaysay Military Reservation (FRMMR) dubbed as Oplan Bambusa in military term.

This year’s training on BPPM is the fourth training since its launching in 2014. It was held at Kaugnay Officers Clubhouse, Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija on March 1-3. Fourty-seven participants attended the training—military personnel from Special Forces Regiment (Airborne), Headquarters, Special Operation Commands (SOCOM), Real Estate Program and Economic Welfare Center (REPEWC), Headquarters and Headquarters Service Battalion (HHSBn), 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and ten (10) civilians. It equipped the implementers with different bamboo propagation techniques, particularly proper selection and cutting of planting materials as well as step-by-step procedures on plantation establishment and management. Ground application of HI-Q VAM 1 technology developed by the ERDB was also discussed.

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ERDB celebrates Grandparent’s Week

A tribute was given to ERDB senior citizens during the flag ceremony as part of the celebration of Grandparents’ Week on March 14. They were serenaded by the ERDB employees led by Ms. Marilou C. Arcillas. This is the first time that the Bureau celebrated the said event in compliance to RA 7432.

Seminar on Proper Ways to Keep our Kidneys Healthy was also held for the senior citizens on March 22 at the ERDB Auditorium. Dr. Lafayette R. Ang-Santo, a urologist, discussed the prostate, urinary tract infection and kidneys. Queries of the attendees were answered by Dr. Ang-Santo. Some of the senior citizens also had a personal consultation with the doctor after the seminar.

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ERDB and Baguio City ink MOA on water harvesting advocacy

In a special Kapihan on Watersheds and Water Resources, recently conducted at the Le Monet Hotel, Camp John Hay, Baguio City, Dr. Henry Adornado, Director of Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan signed a Memorandum of Agreement March 10, 2016 signaling the start of partnership on Water Harvesting Technologies (WHT). This MOA spells out the participatory extension of ENR technologies through the Pro-Active Response Towards Environmental Relations Based on Needs and Demand (PARTNER-BOND) program of ERDB to the City of Baguio.

Under the MOA, the ERDB’s Client-based Technology Transfer and Extension Services shall impart ENR technologies through trainings, technology forum, and technology exhibits to the City. In turn, the City will showcase water harvesting technologies to encourage visitors and LGUs to adopt these technologies. It is hoped that the partnership will promote and facilitate the application of WHT in ecological parks and in water deficient areas.

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ERDB GAD holds kick-off program for Women’s Month Celebration 2016

In line with the celebration of the Women’s Month 2016, the ERDB GAD Focal Point System conducted the kick-off program on March 8, 2016 at the ERDB grounds. This year’s theme is “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Adyenda”. Ms. Veronica O. Sinohin, Chief of the Technology Transfer Division led the opening prayer.

ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado gave the opening message. He said, “The Philippines is very privileged because 5% of the budget of government offices is allotted to women.” He welcomed and thanked everyone for participating in the event.

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ERDB GAD starts off in ERDB

The ERDB GAD (Gender and Development) Focal Point System prepared different activities in connection with the celebration of the 2016 Women’s Month. This year’s theme is “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Adyenda”. The activities started with the uploading of the GAD logo in the ERDB website. Likewise, the GAD tarpaulin was hanged at the ERDB poster area. In addition, Ms. Nida Reyes and Esperanza Talero participated in the women courses offered by the TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) at the DENR Social Hall.

The ERDB GAD focal point system members hosted the flag ceremony on March 7, 2016. The group also gave away raffle prizes during the ceremony.

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ERDB Director visits crocodile farm in Teresa, Rizal

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), as a member of the Philippine CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Scientific Authority (CSA), was represented by the Bureau Director, Dr. Henry A. Adornado, in paying a visit to the crocodile farm in Teresa, Rizal last February 26, 2016. The visit was part of the evaluation for the Coral Agri-venture Farm, Inc. (CAVFI)’s application for CITES Registration for the breeding operations of Saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus).

Before the tour around the farm, Director Adornado, along with Dr. Simplicia A. Pasicolan (Chief Science Research Specialist) and Ms. Girlie H. Rueda (Science Research Analyst) had an initial meeting with the CAVFI Biologist, Mr. Rainier Manalo and Farm Manager, Mr. Brian Sibongga. During the meeting, the Director inquired about the CAVFI’s farming permit, sources of parental breeding stocks, individual identification of crocodiles, storage for the processed meat and export of crocodile products, among others.

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ERDB hosts meeting cum workshop on PREXC

The meeting cum workshop on Program Expenditure Classification (PREXC) Organization Outcome 3: Adaptive Capacities of Human Communities and Natural System Improved hosted by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) was held at Training Center, Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), Quezon City on February 3, 2016. The activity aimed to identify the activities and indicators under the Program Expenditure Classification (PREXC) Organization Outcome 3: Adaptive Capacities of Human Communities and Natural System Improved.

The ERDB team was composed of Assistant Director Antonio M. Daño, Dr. Aurora S. Jose, Mr. Juan B. Ebora, Ms. Mylene O. Aparente, Ms Marie Abbie Gail L. Dela Cueva and Mr. Jonathan Alexander Galang who attended the said activity. The agencies who participated-in were the DENR bureaus and its attached agencies (RBCO, FASPO, LLDA, WB, PPD, NASMRIA, FMB, EMB, LMB), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and focal persons on the concerned projects: PHIL-WAVES, B+WISER and PROFOR. There were more than 60 participants in the said activity.

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BCWERC joins the Open Water SCUBA Diving Course

Three (3) staff from the Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands, and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) participated in the training, ‘Open Water SCUBA Diving Course’ held at the SCUBA Diving Institute-Subiza Resort, Olongapo City, Zambales last February 15-21, 2016.

The training which was organized by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), primarily aims to capacitate technical personnel for the underwater survey of marine ecosystems in line with the Coastal Zone and Freshwater Ecosystems Research Division’s (CZFERD) implementation of the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Coastal and Marine Areas Study.

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ERDB senior citizens plan for 2016

For the first time in ERDB, senior citizen employees gathered to discuss their programs and activities at ERDB Conference Room on February 12. Ms. Veronica O. Sinohin, Technology Transfer Division Chief presided the meeting.

“It is good that we are gathered by the Bureau, for us to be aware of our rights and benefits as senior citizens,” said Ms. Sinohin. The highlight of the meeting was the celebration of the grandparents’ week on March 11-18 in pursuant to Proclamation No. 757 series of 1996. The proclamation states that each year, a special week should be devoted to the senior citizens to honor and recognize their importance in the society.

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BCWERC Region 8 station head orients Japanese students on mangrove ecosystems and MBFDP

Forester Emma M. Germano, station head of the BCWERC- Babatngon, Leyte was the resource person during the orientation on ‘Eco-tourism and Mangrove Plantation Program in Eastern Visayas’ last February 2, 2016 held at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 8 Conference Hall in Tacloban City. The said activitywas in coordination with the Department of Tourism (DOT) in the region, the Visayas Response Team (VRT), and Barangay LGU 83 Paraiso in San Jose, Tacloban City. Said orientation was for the benefit of visiting students of Kansei Gakuin University, Osaka, Japan and the IC-NET Limited Program.

Forester Germano discussed the salient facts of the mangroves ecosystems, its importance, and role in protecting coastal communities from natural disasters and other calamities. She also provided an overview of the Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project (MBFDP) implementation under the National Greening Program in Eastern Visayas. Supervising Tourism Operations Officer Trina Dacuycuy of DOT also presented the Eastern Visayas Tourism Situationer while Forester Josephine Agustin of DENR Region 8 briefed visiting students on the National Greening Program implementation in the region.

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DENR Region 7 wins 1st place in the MFDP Regional Presentations of Post-project Assessment Report

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 7 was adjudged as 1st place winner during the Regional Presentations of Post-project Assessment Report of the Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project (MBFDP) held at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel, Ermita, Manila last February 4-5, 2016.

Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) as the national coordinator of MBFDP, organized the event participated in by some senior officials of DENR Central Office, DENR Regional Directors as presenters, Research Center Heads, MBFDP Coordinators, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs), and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs). Ms. Emma E. Melana, MBFDP Region 7 Coordinator presented the report in lieu of DENR 7 Regional Director Isabelo R. Montejo. Included in the report presentation is Region 7’s contribution of about 10% of the MBFDP national target of 50,000 hectares. DENR 7 has planted 4,947.41 ha out of its 4,728 ha target or a 105% accomplishment.

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BCWERC participates in the ERDB-GAD Focal Point series of GAD capability building activities

The Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) became the first of the six (6) research centers to benefit in the series of capacity building initiatives conducted by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau - Gender and Development Focal Point System (ERDB-GADFPS). The 2-day event dubbed “Gender Sensitivity and Gender Responsive Training for Research Centers and Workshop on the Application of Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) in Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Research Programs and Projects,” was held at the Conference Room of DENR Region 7, Cebu City last February 10-11, 2016. ERDB-GADFPS officers Ms. Rowena Payuan, Ms. Salvacion Orobia, and Ms. Gliceria de Guzman served as resource persons in the said event.

In lieu of BCWERC Center Head Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, Supervising Science Research Specialist Reynaldo L. Lanuza, in his capacity as OIC of the Office, expressed high hopes in GAD as a significant dimension in the design and implementation of RDE projects. He encouraged participants to take advantage of the learning event to improve research and technology transfer activities of BCWERC.

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Beetle “Poecilips fallax Eggers” infests Bakauan plantation in Hinoba-an, Negros Island Region

The team of CENRO Rene G. Abordo of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Kabankalan, Negros Island Region assessed the 10-hectare NGP site of mangrove plantation where approximately 200 sq. m. was infested by Poecilips fallax Eggers last February 1, 2016 in Barauga I Poblacion, Hinoba-an, Negros Island Region. The team was composed of CENRO Rene G. Abordo, For. Ascension Santocildes, FEO Ricky Lademora, FEO George Tolentino, Marine Biologist David Dehaan, MENRO Joseph Benedict Velasco, Forest Ranger Antonio Caspillo and Jessie Talaban.

The infestation was discovered on January 20, 2016 which caused the mortality of the saplings of Bakauan lalaki and babae or Rhizophora apiculata and Rhizophora mucronata. It was observed that the stem of the one year old propagules of the said species was the most affected part and its leaves totally fell off. Tunnels were discovered inside the stems created by a tiny beetle pest called Poecilips fallax Eggers.

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Director Henry A. Adornado presents ERDB NGP PQPM and MBFDP Accomplishment Report for 2015

Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Director, Dr. Henry A. Adornado attended the ‘Visayas Cluster Regional Strategic Planning Workshop for CY 2016 Implementation of the National Greening and Forest Protection Program’ held last January 20-23, 2016 at the Cebu Grand Hotel, Escario St., Cebu City. The 3-day activity participated in by officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the National Greening Program (NGP) focal persons and coordinators discussed the NGP implementation for CY 2016, implications of the budget cut and measures to accomplish the NGP target, and the Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project (MBFDP).

Director Adornado reported on the Status of MBFDP Implementation in the Visayas Region. Highlights of his report also include the 2015 Accomplishments of the NGP implementation, particularly on the activity ‘Production of Quality Planting Materials’ (PQPM) on seed collection, plantation development, and the seedling produced by the Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands, and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) and its counterpart, the State, Universities, and Colleges (SUCs) in the Visayas regions.

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Senator Villar joins World Wetlands Day in ERDB

Senator Cynthia A. Villar, who is known as Mrs. Hanepbuhay served as keynote speaker in the celebration of the World Wetlands Day on February 2 at the ERDB Auditorium. The event was titled “A Forum on Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods.” 

In her speech, Senator Villar shared her advocacy, “Do not give a man a fish but teach him how to fish.” According to the Senator, the projects of the government should be sustainable and would support the livelihood of the community. This is to assure that the people would be encouraged to join government projects especially the environment-related ones.

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Mangroves survive the attack of Tide Watching Mangrove Moth

The approximately 2-hectare mangrove area infested by the larva of ‘tide watching mangrove moth’ was monitored by the team of Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center–Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region VI (BCWERC-DENR 6) last January 22, 2016. The worms of ‘tide watching mangrove moth’, Aucha velans were found responsible for the drying out and turning brown of mangrove trees that was detected and assessed on November 12, 2015. The area was later verified to be part of Brgy. Ingore, La Paz, Iloilo City.

After almost two months, the mangroves particularly the Avicennia species were observed by the BCWERC team to have recovered from the damages brought by the infestation. Mangrove trees were green and lush again. Some of them were still recovering especially those in the inner part of the mangrove area. No interventions were applied, they survived on their own.

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Estimation of Carbon Sequestration project wins in FORESPI Poster Contest

ERDB’s project on “Estimation of Carbon Sequestration Rates and Carbon Density of Forest Plantation Species in Mindanao won in the “Best Poster” contest during the 12th Symposium and General Assembly of the Forests and Natural Resources Research Society of the Philippines, Incorporated (FORESPI). Forester Manolito U. Sy and Mr. Nelson Levi M. Lantican who authored the study received P2,000 as cash prize. The awarding ceremony was held on December 16, 2015 at the Nicholas P. Lansigan Auditorium, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna.

During the symposium, nine (9) papers from the different research agencies were presented while for the poster presentation, five (5) presenters confirmed their participation.

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LAUFTeRC holds Year-End Assessment & Forward Planning Workshop and HR Intervention for Rank-and-file Personnel

 

The Land Management, Agroforestry and Upland Farming Technology Research Center(LAUFTeRC) held its first-ever Year End Assessment and Forward Planning Workshop last December 9-13, 2015. Simultaneously, it also held a Human Resource Intervention for Rank-and-file Personnel from December 9-12.

The Forward Planning Workshop was first undertaken on December 10, with the following agenda: refinement of Project/Program Operational Plans (POP) for the coming year; presentation of the Work and Financial Plans of each Research Station; the designation of study leaders and co-workers; DPCR workshop for the periods July-December 2015 and January-June 2016; drafting of initial IPCRs for the periods July-December 2015 and January-June 2016, and refinement of the LAUFTeRC organizational structure.

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BCWERC center head pays courtesy visit to DENR Negros Island Region Regional Director

In an effort to ensure smooth connection and facilitate a dynamic Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Research, Development, and Extension (RDE) functions of the newly established DENR Negros Island Region (NIR), Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, OIC Center Head of the Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands, and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) paid a courtesy visit to DENR NIR office last January 15, 2016. NIR is the 18th region in the Visayas Island composed of the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, which includes the highly urbanized City of Bacolod. NIR RDE functions will now be directly under the BCWERC, which comprises Regions, 6, 7, and 8, respectively.

Dr. Lustica met with the newly installed Regional Director of DENR NIR, Al O. Orolfo to discuss the potential RDE respective structure, functions, and logistics for the full implementation of the newly established region. Discussion focused on how BCWERC will be providing technical assistance on the RDE needs of NIR, known as the pioneering region in terms of “One Island – One Diversity.”

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MDARRC holds regional technology forum

Mining and Degraded Areas Rehabilitation Research Center (MDARRC) conducted a one-day Regional Technology Forum on ENR Technologies on December 8, 2015 at JC Leisure and Business Place, Lanao, Kidapawan City. The forum aimed to disseminate and promote ENR technologies regarding the mining and degraded areas rehabilitation generated by the research sector.

Forty-six participants from different local government units in Cotabato Province and South Cotabato, other government line agencies and academe attended the said forum. MDARRC Center Head Dr. Bighani M. Manipula welcomed the participants and assured them to provide science-based information and technologies to rehabilitate mined-out and degraded areas through the forum.

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FERD researchers and personnel prepare for CY 2016 and beyond

The Forest Ecosystem Research Division (FERD) of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) conducted the 2015 Year-End Assessment of its R & D Program on Forest Ecosystems Resiliency and Sustainability last January 8, 2016 at the ERDB Auditorium.

Looking back and looking forward — For. Florita E. Siapno, OIC-Division Chief, led the activity by presenting the overview of the program as well as the 2017-2022 road map of the Division. Then, study leaders and staff presented the highlights of CY 2015 accomplishments and CY 2016 targets. An open forum followed to help identify and address major issues and concerns of the studies.

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ERDB team conducts IECs on peatland conservation in Lopez, Quezon and Talacogon, Agusan del Sur

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Team headed by the Urban Ecosystem Research Division (UERD) Chief, Dr. Simplicia A. Pasicolan had successfully conducted two separate (2) events of Information Education and Communication (IEC) regarding the conservation of peatland in Lalaguna Marsh in Lopez, Quezon and Agusan Marsh in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur on October 28 and December 3, 2015 respectively. Various offices both from the public and private sectors in the said areas were represented to participate in these activities.

In Lopez, the program was officially started by For. Joselito Barros of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) who welcomed the guest speakers and participants, as well as the ERDB Team. Afterwards, a brief introduction regarding the importance of supporting the peatland conservation efforts was given by the Tourism Officer and Deputy Administrator of Technologicalcal University of the Philippines, Mr. Jever Ladines. According to Mr. Ladines, protecting the Lalaguna Marsh is globally significant as it is one of the followed routes of the protected migratory waterbirds.

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BCWERC conducts 2015 Year-End Assessment of RDE Projects and Programs

The Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau – DENR conducted the Year-End Assessment of BCWERC RDE Projects and Programs last December 20-23, 2015 at the Bohol Plaza Resort and Restaurant, Mayacabag, Dauis, Bohol. The event was an offshoot of the BCWERC’s 3rd Quarter Assessment held last October, 26-29, 2015 in Iloilo City.

BCWERC OIC-Center Head, Dr. Alicia L. Lustica emphasized that assessing the operational systems, reviewing existing staffing patterns, and creating specific tasks that include administrative and finance functions are crucial to fully operationalize a solid set-up at the center and institute a coherent regulatory system. Dr. Lustica shared some updates, issues, and concerns recently discussed during the 4th Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) RDE Management Conference held at Tagaytay City last December 15-16, 2015. She likewise introduced the research bureau’s implementation of the Individual Development Plan (IDP), a scheme to identify learning based on the competency of each personnel. Measuring employees’ competencies through job knowledge tests, interviews, cognitive abilities, social skills and so on is very important to assess if employees are competent enough to do certain jobs in the field, Dr. Lustica said.

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ERDB held general assembly and oath taking of the newly promoted employees

Director Henry A. Adornado led the 32 newly appointed employees who took an oath of office which was followed by the general assembly of ERDB employees on January 4 at the ERDB Auditorium.

Division Chiefs Dr. Marilyn Q. Landicho, Dr. Carmelita I. Villamor, Dr. Simplicia A. Pasicolan, Dr. Aurora S. Jose, Ms. Florita E. Siapno, Ms. Veronica O. Sinohin and Mr. Angelito B. Exconde gave messages for the event. They all inspired the ERDB employees especially those who were promoted to work hard and aim for excellence in 2016.

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ERDB, RCs hold 2015 year-end employees’ assembly

In time for the holiday season, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) held its year-end employees’ assembly on December 18, 2015 at the ERDB building. All the ERDB division chiefs, staff, and personnel as well as representatives from ERDB’s six Research Centers (RCs) attended the event.

The Director Henry Adornado, with the members of ERDB’s Executive Committee and RC heads, spearheaded the opening of the exhibit at the ERDB lobby to officially start the event. The exhibit featured all the ERDB divisions and centers, focusing on their roles and functions. In his opening message, Dr. Adornado said that he hopes that through its activities and programs, ERDB would be more recognized as a part of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). He also commended the Technology Transfer Division (TTD), headed by Ms. Veronica Sinohin, for the successful launching of the exhibit.

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WWRRC inaugurates its CVERS Building

The newly renovated research station building of the Watershed and Water Resources Research Center’s (WWRRC) research station in Region 2, the Cagayan Valley Ecosystems Research Station (WWRRC-CVERS) at Lower Magat, Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya was inaugurated on December 22, 2015.

The program of the inauguration started with the opening remarks from Center Director, Dr. Carlos S. Arida, Sr. and was immediately followed by the welcome remarks from CVERS Station Head, Mr. Noel S. Soriano. Former Regional Technical Directors (RTDs) and the foundation of Research, For. Henry Patricio, For. Wilfredo Malvar, and Ms. Lilia dL. Abel shared their memorable experiences and stories during their stay in the said research station.

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BCWERC Region 6 and 7 biodiversity profiling and CarCap Team conducts vegetation and faunal survey in Gigantes Island

The Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC), Region 6, tasked with the implementation of “Biodiversity Profiling and Carrying Capacity Determination of Priority Ecotourism Areas” project, conducted a vegetation and faunal survey in Gigantes Island, Carles Iloilo. The survey aims to identify vulnerable and threatened species/resources in the area.

Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, BCWERC Center Head/Project Leader requested the BCWERC Region 7 Biodiversity Profiling and CarCap Team, headed by Chona M. Tura and the project staff For. Ancelmo Aurestila, For. Bernardo Redoblado, and Ms. Hanna Lou Castillo to lead and supervise the said activity. The team conducted the survey which focused on mangroves, timberland, birds and bats together with the assistance of the BCWERC R6 staff, Ms. Lovejoy Tejido and Ms. Jenny Lacorte, support of CENRO Normandy K. Lebelo of Sara, Iloilo and Barangay Captains of Gigantes Island. Transect and quadrat methods were utilized to quantify the relative abundance of mangroves and timberland in the area. For the identification of bird and bat species, mist nets were established near their habitats.

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Gumaca, Quezon residents visit ERDB for Lakbay Aral

Twenty-three (23) residents of Gumaca, Quezon visited the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) and its facilities on December 9, 2015 as a part of their lakbay aral in Los Baños, Laguna.

Quezon province’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) coordinated the said study tour as part of its Bottom-Up Budgeting scheme. The activity aimed to provide environment-friendly and sustainable livelihood options to the residents that are feasible to adopt in their municipalities.

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BCWERC Center Head and ERDB researcher attend East Asian Seas Congress 2015 at Da Nang City, Vietnam

 

Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, OIC Center Head of the Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands, and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) and Dr. Maria Lourdes Quiatchon-Moreno, Science Research Specialist of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau participated in the East Asian Seas Congress 2015 and Fifth Ministerial Forum held at Da Nang City, Vietnam last November 17-21, 2015. They were among the more than 500 coastal and economic managers, national and local government officials, policymakers, and scientists who attended this triennial event.

The theme of this year’s congress, "Global Targets, Local Benefits: Setting the Sustainable Agenda for the Seas of East Asia,” primarily aimed to provide a dynamic platform for knowledge sharing, collaborative action, partnership building, and a forum to advance commitment and cooperation in achieving the shared vision of a sustainable East Asian Seas.

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Partner Bond Project holds Capacity Building on Bamboo Propagation in Liliw, Laguna

The Pro-Active Response Towards Nurturing Environmental Relations: A Barangay Outreach project based on community Needs and Demands Partner-Bond) project conducted the Capacity Building on Bamboo Propagation on November 24, 2015 at the Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMC) building in Liliw, Laguna.

Hon. Mayor Ericson J. Sulibit of Liliw, Laguna gave the welcome remarks during the training. Ms. Marla V. Cambay, Project leader of the Partner Bond project was the emcee and gave the rationale, objectives, mechanics and expected output of the project. Ms. Leah Domasig introduced the participants of the training.

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ERDB showcases Hi-Q VAM 1 in NBW 2015

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) featured its mycorrhizal technology, Hi-Q VAM 1, in the 11th National Biotechnology Week (NBW). The NBW was held on November 23-28 at SM City Dasmariñas, Cavite with the theme “Bioteknolohiya: Kaagapay ng Mamamayan sa Pambansang Kaunlaran”.

Plant samples were displayed in the exhibit to highlight the difference between plants with and without Hi-Q VAM 1. This mycorrhizal technology aids plants in coping with various environmental stresses, and thus, shows promise in rehabilitation of degraded and marginal lands. In addition, sample Hi-Q VAM 1, several publications, IEC materials, and other freebies were also given to those who visited the booth.

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ERDB holds Technology Forum on Environment and Biotechnology for the 11th NBW celebration

A total of 266 attendees participated in the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau’s (ERDB) Technology Forum on Environment and Biotechnology held at SM Dasmariñas Event Center on Nov. 25, 2015. The activity was conducted as a part of the weeklong celebration of the 11th National Biotechnology Week.

ERDB Director Dr. Henry A. Adornado welcomed the participants to the forum which are mainly composed of high school and college students, teachers, instructors and professors, local government unit (LGU) members, and other government and non-government employees. Some ERDB staff and officials were also in attendance for the forum.

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BCWERC Region 6 garners 2nd and 3rd place on the presentations of the Transfer and Adoption of ENR Technologies

The Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) Region 6 brought home awards and prizes in paper and poster presentations from the Symposium on the Transfer and Adoption of ENR Technologies held last November 5, 2015 held at the ERDB Auditorium, Los Baňos, Laguna. The entry of BCWERC Region 6 which is entitled, “Talaba Culture in the Midst of Mangrove Forestation: The Balaring Experience,” won 2nd place in the paper presentation with a cash prize of P20,000. It was presented by the Balaring Mangrove Planters Association’s (BAMPA) representative Ms. Nombria Dooma.

The Talaba-inspired entry in poster presentation got the 3rd place with a cash prize of P5,000. A total of nine (9) entries coming from different ERDB Satellite Offices participated in the event namely: regions 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 and the National Capital Region (NCR). The four (4) panellists who judged the contest were Prof. Rommel A. Daya, professor at the College of Development Communication in UPLB; Dr. Aleli M. Luna, former Chief of the Upland Farms Ecosystems Research Division (UFERD); Mr. Eliseo M. Baltazar, former Chief of the Technology Transfer Division (TTD) and For. Celso P. Diaz, former ERDB Director.

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Tide watching mangrove moth strikes again

The team from the Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center–Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region VI (BCWERC-DENR 6) assessed the approximately 2 - hectare mangrove area which was detected to be infested by the larva of ‘tide watching mangrove moth’ last November 12, 2015 in Brgy. Loboc, La Paz, Iloilo City.

As observed, the worms were feeding on the Avicennia species’ leaves causing a considerable number of mangrove trees to dry up and turn brown. The pupa of ‘tide watching mangrove moth,’ Aucha velans were found on dried wrinkled leaves of the mangroves, particularly the Avicennia species.

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DENR and DND to host National Convergence Initiative meeting

Preparing for 2015 National Convergence Initiative (NCI) meeting. DENR and Department of National Defense representatives, headed by Dr. Antonio M. Daňo of ERDB (left) and Major General Angelito M. de Leon of 7th Infantry Division, met on November 5 at Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija to review the agenda for the upcoming NCI meeting. The meeting scheduled in late November will convene the heads of departments of environment and natural resources, national defense, agrarian reform, agriculture, and interior and local government. It will focus on the accomplishments and important issues on the collaborative implementation of the National Greening Program projects: the 3000-hectare bamboo plantation in Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation and 500-hectare coffee plantation at Camp Kibaritan in Bukidnon. (Photo and Text by Media Group, NGP-PQPM)

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WWRRC-Region 2 wins in paper and poster presentations on ENR technology transfer

WWRRC (Watershed and Water Resources Research Center) - Region 2 in Tuguegarao, Cagayan bagged 2 awards during the "Symposium on the Transfer and Adoption of ENR Technologies" which was held on November 5, 2015 at the ERDB Auditorium.

The winning entry was the Seedling Production and Clonal Propagation Technologies of the CELYO Rizal Kooperatiba, a Rizalista sect of Barangay Buntun, Tuguegarao, City, Cagayan which was assisted by WWRRC- Region 2. They won the 1st place in both paper (P30,000) and poster (P10,000) presentations.

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LGUs from Plaridel, Padre Burgos and Sampaloc, Quezon join the Lakbay Aral

Forty (40) participants from the towns of Plaridel, Padre Burgos and Sampaloc, Quezon joined the Lakbay Aral on October 28, 2015 at the ERDB.

The participants were composed of the Municipal Agricultural Officers (MAOs) of Sampaloc, Plaridel and members of the Association of OFW of Padre Burgos, Quezon. Mayor Emmanuel Jesus S. Torres of Sampaloc, Quezon also joined the tour.

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ERDB capacitates ESPs on bamboo

In an effort to capacitate Extension Service Providers (ESPs) about bamboo, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), through the Technology Transfer Division (TTD), organized the Capacity Building of ESPs on Bamboo Utilization on October 12-15, 2015.

The learning event conducted at Maria Paz Royale Garden Resort, San Pablo City was developed to equip extension workers with technical knowledge on bamboo propagation from ERDB and its research centers, namely, Watershed and Water Resources Research Center (WWRRC), Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC), Land Management, Agroforestry and Upland Farms Technology Research Center (LMAUFTRC), Mining and Degraded Areas Rehabilitation Research Center (MDARRC), and Forest and Timber Resources Research Center (FTRRC).

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ERDB conducts exhibit at Philippine Army's Oktoberfest 2015

ERDB shared its knowledge on bamboo through exhibit at Oktoberfest 2015 in Camp Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal on October 23-25. The said event was hosted by the 2nd Infantry Division (2ID), Philippine Army with the theme, "Winning Partners for Peace and Development."

Three bamboo species such as Bolo, Kawayang tinik, Buho, and Giant Bamboo were featured at the exhibit. Soldiers and civilians who visited were informed on the ecological and economical benefits of bamboo. Information, education and communication (IEC) materials were also displayed and given away.

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ERDB trains 4H club members in Sta. Cruz, Laguna

The ERDB through the Pro-Active Response Towards Nurturing Environmental Relations: A Barangay Outreach project based on Community Needs and Demands. (Partner Bond) conducted the capacity building on DENR Charcoal Briquetting, Bamboo and Forest Tree Propagation at the Field Agricultural Extension Services (FAES) of the Department of Agriculture on Oct. 20, 2015 in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Fifty six (56) participants comprising of 4H club members, coordinators and LGU members attended the training. They came from Magdalena, Sta. Maria, Cavinti, Nagcarlan Calamba, Pakil, San Pablo, Liliw, Kalayaan, Pangil, Siniloan, Pagsanjan and Lumban towns in Laguna.

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ERDB participates on 1st National Conference on Food and Nutrition Security

ERDB joined the 1st National Conference on Food and Nutrition Security in Crimson Hotel, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa on October 12-13. The conference aims to present the current status of food production, trade, food security information, nutrition security, RDE, and governance policies on food security in the Philippines.

Atty. Jonas R. Leones, Undersecretary for Environment and International Environmental Affairs delivered thekeynote message in behalf of DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje. He reminded the participants for being fortunate to have breakfast while others cannot remember their last meal. He also stated the problem of environmental degradation and having more mouths to feed. With this, he emphasized the importance of research to develop technology that will help to address the problem of food security and be shared to the public.

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ERDB celebrates National Statistical Month

In pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 647 declaring the month of October of every year as the National Statistical Month (NSM) enjoining all government agencies to participate in the celebration of the 26th National Statistics Month in October 2015 with the theme "Pagyamanin at Gamitin ang Estadistika, Kalusugan para sa Lahat ay Abot-Kamay Na". This year's host is the Department of Health (DOH).

In line with this celebration, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau spearheaded by the Planning and Management Information Unit Services-Office of the Director (PMISU-OD) conducted a lecture on "Mga Halamang Gamot" on October 8, 2015 at Sto. Nino Elementary School, Marikina City. The resource speaker was Forester Monnete Mauricio of the Forest Ecosystem Research Division.

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ERDB joins 97th UPLB Loyalty Day Celebration 2015

In line with the celebration of the 97th UPLB Alumni Loyalty Day on October 10, 2015, 88 ERDB personnel headed by the Acting Director, Dr. Henry A. Adornado participated in the foot parade from the Oblation Park to the D. L. Umali Hall.

This activity was attended and participated in by the different institutions, agencies and other members of the UPLB Los Baños community. It was also attended by the UPLB alumni and jubilarians (classes ending in 0 and 5).

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ERDB and LAUFTeRC conduct Capacity Building in Gloria, Oriental Mindoro

The Ecosystems and Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) and Land Management, Agroforestry and Upland Farming Technology Research Center (LAUFTeRC) conducted a Stakeholders' Capacity Building on "Bamboo Propagation and Plantation Establishment" on September 24-25, 2015 at the Municipal Conference Hall, Gloria, Oriental Mindoro. The activity is part of ERDB-LAUFTeRC technology transfer to support the Local Government Unit (LGU), augment livelihood options and resources conservation.

The capacity building aims to: a) provide participants with updates and trigger their interest on bamboo industry; b) enhance knowledge of stakeholders' on the importance and versatility of bamboo to environment and various industries; c) capacitate the participants on improved technologies on bamboo propagation; and d) develop/improve skills of participants on bamboo plantation establishment and maintenance.

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41 Newly promoted ERDB main office and regional offices personnel take oath

As part of the implementation of the DENR Rationalization Plan, ERDB Acting Director Henry A. Adornado administered the oath taking ceremony for the 41 newly promoted ERDB main office and regional offices personnel with Salary Grades 18 to 24 on August 7, 2015 at the ERDB Auditorium.

Dr. Henry A. Adornado assured everyone that the ERDB Promotion and Selection Board is doing its best to consider everyone for appointment and promotion as long as they are qualified for the positions.

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ERDB conducts 3rd Management Conference in Davao City

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) spearheaded the 3rd ERDB Management Conference for CY 2015 on September 28 - 29, 2015 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City. This activity was participated in by the six Research Center Directors together with their planning and technical staff, ERDB Acting Director Dr. Henry A. Adornado, OIC-Asst. Director Dr. Antonio M. Daño and his Executive Committee and senior technical staff, guests from the DENR Undersecretary for Planning, Policy and Foreign Assisted Project, Assistant Secretary for Field Operations, Director for Administration and Information System and Director for Finance Services, OIC-Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division, and Regional Director of DENR XI, and representatives from the Budget and Finance Services Unit.

This conference aimed to: (1) present and discuss updates on the status of targets and deliverables of Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Program (MBFDP), NGP-PQPM, ENR Technologies, DAO and other MOAs/MOUs of ERDB's Operation and Management and Administrative and Finance concerns; (2) discuss the outputs of the Research Centers' In-House Review; (3) discuss the Proposed Program Expenditure Classification (PREXC); (4) present and discuss the Integrated Roadmap on the RDE Framework for 2017-2022; and (5) present the Guidelines on Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS).

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ERDB conducts in-house review

To assess and evaluate the progress and status of implementation of the different research and development programs/projects/studies of the entire ERDB vis-à-vis the submitted work and financial plans, the ERDB conducted an annual in-house review for all on-going and completed researches implemented for CY 2014-2015 on Sept. 21-22, 2015 at the ERDB Auditorium.

The activity aimed to: (a) assess and evaluate the RDE programs and other priority projects in terms of status of implementation, activities undertaken and the attainment of objectives, targets, deliverables and outcomes of the projects and studies; (b) identify problems met during the project implementation and recommend specific courses of action such as continuation, extension, modification of planned activities and methodology, suspension, and termination in accordance with the recommendations of the panel of evaluators; (c) identify technologies generated requiring field testing, verification and piloting; and (d) identify mature technologies and/or significant results ready for packaging, dissemination, as well as formulation of policy, guidelines, bulletin and as inputs to development/action planning.

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ERDB holds biosafety training on GMOs

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) held a two-day training on Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on September 14 to 15, 2015 at the SEARCA Residence Hall.

In partnership with the Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS) Philippines, a program based at the BIOTECH in the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), around 25 staff and personnel from ERDB and its six research centers, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), and the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) participated in the training.

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BUCAF’s students tour at LMAUFTRC

BS Forestry students from Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF) conducted educational tour at the Land Management, Agroforestry and Upland Farms Technology Research Center (LMAUFTRC) on August 18. The 65 second year and third year students, led by Prof. Alberto B. Gonzales, visited the LMAUFTRC as part of their learning activities and laboratory exercises in Taxonomy, Morphology, Dendrology, and Nursery Establishment and Management.

LMAUFTRC OIC-Center Head Lucena U. Mercado welcomed the BUCAF's BS Forestry students and Ms. Ruby M. Macasinag gave a brief orientation about the office and surveyed about learning in an alternative venue.

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Assistant Director Antonio Daño Delivered Keynote Speech for “CFES 40th Anniversary Celebration”

Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), Assistant Director Antonio M. Daño in lieu of Director Henry A. Adornado delivered the keynote address to students and alumni during the recently held symposium organized for the "40th Anniversary Celebration of the College of Forestry and Environmental Science (CFES)" on September 17 at the Visayas State University (VSU) Convention Center, Baybay, Leyte. Director Daño discussed the topic, 'Research, Development and Extension (RDE) Direction in Response to the Challenges in Forestry and Environment Sector.' The event was participated by VSU alumni, students, professors, and other invited officials.

This years' CFES anniversary theme, "Facing the challenges in forestry and environmental management forty years of existence and beyond," brought together alumni and students in the symposium to provide opportunities for exchange of views and plans on possible collaboration on various researches and development undertakings. The symposium likewise sought to facilitate career development among students and networking across the field of forestry and environmental science. Director Daño in his speech assured to support and to continuously collaborate with VSU in their RDE efforts. He however posed a challenge to professors to constantly guide students to aspire more and be of service to their colleagues and make possible adjustments in the curriculum to catch up with the needs of the present times. "With the Yolanda experience, we need to fortify our efforts and work double time to accomplish our targets," Director Daño said.

OIC-Center Head for the Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research (BCWERC), Dr. Alicia L. Lustica likewise informed the group that both ERDB and BCWERC will offer supplemental information through the distribution of information, education and communication (IEC) materials to support the VSU not just in technology generation but also in facilitating access to science-based information and knowledge. "It was a great opportunity for all of us here to be greatly aware of our respective roles and we look forward to continuously collaborate with you in several future RDE undertakings," Dr. Lustica said.

The College of Forestry and Environmental Science at the VSU, a center of excellence in forestry and similar fields in Visayas, has been generating appropriate technologies for forest resources and environmental management and conservation through relevant research undertakings for years. Ann F. Jumawan, BCWERC

 

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ERDB joins 14th Bañamos Festival celebration

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) took part in the week-long celebration of the 14th Bañamos Festival and commemoration of the 400th founding anniversary of the municipality of Los Baños last September 17, 2015.

Around 45 staff and personnel represented by all the divisions of ERDB joined the thousands of individuals in lining up for the parade at 5:30 in the morning, stretching from Olivares Mall to the former municipal hall of Los Baños in Barangay Anos. More than a hundred of organizations and institutions in Los Baños including the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) participated in the parade.

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ERDB operates under new rationalized organizational structure

The ERDB has started operating under the new organizational structure . The new organizational structure is composed of the ERDB main office (ERD-MO) and six Research Centers (RCs).

The ERDB-MO is composed of five research divisions, namely: Forest Ecosystems Research Division (FERD), Coastal Zone and Freshwater Ecosystems Research Division (CZFERD); Urban Ecosystem Research Division (UERD), Technology Transfer Division (TTD), and Laboratory and Experimental Services Division (LESD). In addition to these, two non-technical divisions are: Planning and Management Information Services Unit (PMISU) and the Administrative, Finance and Management Division (AFMD).

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PARTNER BOND Project conducts Capacity Building on Bamboo and Forest Tree Propagations in Dolores, Quezon

The Capacity Building on Bamboo and Forest Tree Propagation was held on September 3, 2015 in Dolores, Quezon through the ERDB's Pro-Active Response Towards Nurturing Environmental Relations: a Barangay Outreach project based on Community Needs and Demands (PARTNER-BOND )Project. The program started with the invocation and singing of the national anthem.

Dolores Vice Mayor Mario Milan, Jr. delivered the opening remarks, followed by the PARTNER-BOND Project Leader, Ms. Marla V. Cambay's explanation of the training rationale.

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ERDB undertakes bamboo planting in General Nakar, Quezon

The Pro-Active Response Towards Nurturing Environmental Relations: a Barangay Outreach project based on Community Needs and Demands (PARTNER-BOND) Project of ERDB conducted a bamboo planting activity on August. 28, 2015 in Barangay Batangan, General Nakar, Quezon along the Sierra Madre Mountain.

The ERDB through the project donated 200 seedlings of kawayan tinik and giant bamboo. The group was met by Mr. Rolly Velasco, President of the Peoples Organization Batangan General Nakar Fish Farmers' Association Inc. (BGNFFAI) and its members. The site is located at the Abaca creek which is being managed by PO with 90 members. The area has been declared as an Alienable and Disposable Land of the Municipal Government of Gen. Nakar. The planting area is more than 100 hectares. Aside from the 200 seedlings of bamboo, the group also gave eight seedlings of different ornamental bamboos for their bambusetum near the dumpsite.

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ERDB and SUCs tackle post-National Greening Program plans

ERDB Acting Director Henry A. Adornado (left) and Caraga State University President Anthony M. Penaso in the National Greening Program confab held on August 4-8 at Grande Royale, Kalibo, Aklan. Also in the confab were representatives of 23 state universities and colleges (SUCs), including presidents of Aklan State University, Bohol Island State University, Capiz State University, Southern Luzon State University, and University of Antique. Personnel from ERDB headquarters and Research Centers were also there. Recent accomplishments and challenges in producing quality planting materials for the NGP, and plans to sustain the operations of SUC clonal nurseries after 2016 were tackled in the activity. (Photo and Text by Media Group, NGP-PQPM)

 

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LGUs from Lian, Batangas join Lakbay Aral at LBES

Twenty-one Local Government Unit (LGU) members from Lian, Batangas participated in Lakbay Aral in Los Baños Experimental Station (LBES) and other ERDB facilities last August 06, 2015.

The participants, headed by Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO) Alvin Jonson, were welcomed by Ms. Veronica Sinohin, OIC-Chief of ERDB's Technology Transfer Division, upon their arrival at the ERDB office. To orient the participants, Ms. Sinohin briefly discussed ERDB's history and its functions. She also explained the objectives and mechanics of the Lakbay Aral.

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MDARRC Visits a Mining Company

Mining and Degraded Areas Rehabilitation Research Center (MDARRC) went on field for a four-day Educational/Observation Tour cum Capability Building at Carmen Copper Corporation (CCC) Toledo City, Cebu on July 28-31. A total of 24 staff led by its Center Head, Dr. Bighani M. Manipula visited the company's mining sites.

CCC is one of the country's largest copper mine companies, making it a principal producer and exporter of copper concentrate in the country. Though new to its rehabilitation undertakings, the company continues to exert efforts in rehabilitating its mined-out areas as part of its commitment to bring back of what was lost during the course of mining operations.

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ERDB Participates in SyenSaya 2015

ERDB joined SyenSaya 2015 which opened on August 12 at Copeland Hall, University of the Philippines Los Baños. Twenty-three science and technology institutions and organizations participated in the event with the theme "SyenSaya at Kabataan: #WOWTLG."

ERDB exhibited the four economically important bamboo species in the Philippines, Bolo, Kawayang tinik, Buho, and Giant Bamboo. Ecological and economical benefits from bamboo were presented to the visitors with different information, education and communication (IEC) materials.

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BCWERC, Best Booth at VSU Anniversary Celebration

Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) participated in the celebration of Visayas State University (VSU) Founding Anniversary on August 5-11 and won the Best Booth award received by Center Head Alicia L. Lustica. The celebration's theme was "Reinvigorating Agriculture for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development" held at the VSU Oval Grounds, Visca, Baybay City, Leyte.

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International Forestry Students visit ERDB

Forestry students from 24 countries who are members of International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA) were at the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) on August 4 for a tour in ERDB facilities.

IFSA in collaboration with ERDB aims to inform the students of current issues in environment and natural resources in local and international perspective and explore and gain knowledge about the Philippine forest, environment and society.

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ERDB and 7ID, Philippine Army plant trees in Nueva Ecija

ERDB in partnership with 7th Infantry Division (7ID), Philippine Army spearheaded the planting of indigenous forest tree seedlings on July 18. Non-government and private organizations, policemen and students joined the planting of 2,000 seedlings at the selected 670-hectare planting site in Brgy. Caballero, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija. The said activity is also a part of celebration of 27th year anniversary of the 7ID.

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LMAUFTRC holds Q2 Senior Staff Meeting/Workshop

LEGAZPI CITY-The Land Management, Agroforestry and Upland Farms Technology Research Center (LMAUFTRC) held its Second Quarter Technical Meeting and Workshop last July 13-15, 2015 at the Center's main office here.

During the activity, the participants crafted the 2nd Quarter Division Performance Commitment Rating (DPCR) as a guide for determining its performance achievement and setting the target schedule for the In-House Review. A pre In-House Review has also been set on August 10-15 at Pagbilao, Quezon.

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Kids of MDARRC-Satellite Office RXII employees join the tree planting

To add deeper meaning to the celebration of Labor Day, the kids of the employees of the Mining and Degraded Areas Rehabilitation Center (MDARRC) Satellite Office No 12 in Amas, Kidapawan City joined the tree planting activity inside the 100-hectare Experimental Forest last May 1, 2015. With the theme: "Tulungan ang Kalikasan, Magtanim ng Puno Para sa Kinabukasan", the May 1 "first of its kind" tree planting activity was participated in by 35 MDARRC-Satellite Office employees together with their kids and representatives from the Special Action Force (SAF) and Cotabato Provincial Public Safety Forces (CPPSF) in the Province of Cotabato.

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ERDB Director inaugurates new MDARRC facilities in Region XII

 

ERDB Acting Director Henry A. Adornado, Ph.D. led the inauguration of the P5 million worth of buildings initiated by the then Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS) now Mining and Degraded Areas Rehabilitation Research Center (MDARRC) Satellite Office XII on January 28, 2015.

Built out of the funds to support the National Greening Program of the government, the four new buildings include the Seed Laboratory, Tissue Culture Laboratory, 40-head capacity Dormitory and a 50-head capacity Training Hall.

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ERDB reveals result of bamboo study at 2015 NSTW

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau participates in the celebration of the 2015 National Science and Technology Week spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology. With the theme, "Philippines: A Science Nation Innovating for Global Competitiveness", over 100 exhibitors composed of different government agencies, State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), private entities, were present during the event. The exhibit officially opened last July 24, 2015 at SMX Mall of Asia and will last until July 28, 2015.

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Newly-appointed and promoted ERDB employees take their oath of office

Thirty-eight (38) ERDB employees who were appointed and promoted took their oath of office on July 13, 2015 at the ERDB Auditorium. The appointees belong to salary grades 17 and below.

ERDB OIC Assistant Director Antonio M. Daño congratulated the new ERDB regular employees and assured them that the people that they have chosen are the ones that they know will contribute to the achievement of goals and objectives of the bureau.

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ERDB joins the 28th DENR Anniversary

The ERDB participated in the celebration of the 28th DENR Anniversary on June 10, 2015. The event was participated in by the different DENR offices, bureaus, attached agencies and regional offices. The program started at 7 AM in front of the DENR Main Building followed by the thanksgiving mass. Afterwards, the connecting road of the DENR Central Office to the MGB Office, North Avenue, Quezon City was inaugurated.

DENR Secretary Ramon JP. Paje expressed his deepest appreciation and thanks to all the DENR employees for working hard to execute the plans, programs, projects and activities of the Department. He acknowledged all the staff of the departments from the rank and file employees to the officials who contributed to the success of the DENR's 28th Anniversary Celebration.

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ERDB conducts 2nd Management Conference

The 2nd ERDB Management Conference was conducted at the Mansion Garden Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport, Subic, Zambales on June 23-26, 2015. This activity was participated in by the six Research Centers Directors together with their planning and technical staff, ERDB Acting Director, Dr. Henry A. Adornado, OIC-Asst. Director, Dr. Antonio M. Dano and his Executive Committee and senior technical staff. Some representatives from the Planning and Policy Service Office and guests from the DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations, Directors from Administration and Finance, and Administration and Information System and General Service and Regional Director of Region 3 and CENRO Olongapo were also present in the conference.

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ERDB Partner Bond Project holds training in General Nakar, Quezon

 

The ERDB Partner Bond Project of the Technology Transfer Division (TTD) conducted the "Training-Workshop Cum Hands-On Demo on DENR Charcoal Briquetting and Bamboo Propagation" held on June16-17,2015 at the Department of Agriculture Demo Farm in General Nakar, Quezon as part of its technology transfer activities.

There were 30 participants in the training composed of 25 males and six females. They were farmers and fisherfolks from the different barangays who are members of the four cooperatives. The cooperatives were the: Conservation Farming Village, Batangan General Nakar Fish Farmers Association Inc., Fisherfolks Association and BLET Group.

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21 Schools join the 2015 Earth Day Youth Camp

"Earth Day Everyday Everywhere for Everyone"- this was the theme of the 2015 Earth Day celebration. The event was highlighted with a youth camp participated by 21 schools from the National Capital Region (NCR). The activity was held on April 21-23, 2015 at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC).

One hundred thirty-six participants (99 grade 9 students and 37 teachers) joined the camp. Of the 21 participating schools, the Carmona National High School in Cavite represented the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) (6 students and 2 teacher -interpreters), while the Bicol University through Holcim Cement sent their five on-the-job training (OJT) students.

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ERDB upgrades its internet connection

The Management Information Section of the Planning and Management Information Services Unit (MIS_PMISU) of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) facilitated the upgrading of the Bureau's internet connection to cater to the growing demand in internet access and to speed up its network utility.

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Forester Santos lectures on charcoal briquetting technology at the DENR-ENR Forum

For. Gregorio Santos, Jr. served as one of the resource persons at the Environment and Natural Resources Technologies cum Stakeholders' Training Needs Assessment (TNA) on May 19, 2015 at the DENR Bldg., Ecology Center, Diliman, Quezon City. The forum, which is coordinated by ERDS-NCR, served as an avenue for the stakeholders to learn about the application of different Environment and Natural Resource (ENR) technologies and for them to have a basis of the technologies they prefer to adopt in their communities.

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DENR-ERDB conducts Capacity Building to Boost Wood Carving Industry

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) conducted the Capacity Building on Batikuling Nursery and Plantation Establishment on December 5, 2014 at Paete, Laguna in close coordination with the local government unit of Paete. The whole-day event was graced by Paete Mayor Rojilyn Q. Bagabaldo and Vice Mayor Aurelio P. Paraiso.

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GAD conducts Gising Diwa in Cavinti, Laguna

The GAD-IEC (Gender and Development - Information and Education and Communication) team conducted the Gising Diwa on Nov. 20, 2014 in Bukal National High School, Brgy. Bukal, Cavinti, Laguna. The activity was conducted in partnership with the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR).The lecturers in ERDB were composed of For. Romana A. Mauricio, Salvacion T. Orobia, and Marla V. Cambay. The other ERDB staff were Ms. Janice Cabuscabus and Mr. Richard Villarin who assisted in the conduct of the activity. The two staff from Napocor in Lumban, Laguna were For. Jesse Carlo P. Fajardo and For.Divina Lachica.
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10th NBW opening ceremony held at CHED

In order to create public consciousness on the role of biotechnology in food production, food security, and hunger alleviation, the 10th National Biotechnology Week had its opening ceremony on November 24, 2014 at the Commission on Higher Education in Diliman, Quezon City. The annual weeklong celebration had the theme, "Edukasyon sa Bioteknolohiya Pagyamanin para sa Kinabukasan Natin".

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ERDB assists Bulacan Agricultural State College on clonal propagation

The DENR, through its Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), and Bulacan Agricultural State College (BASC) further reinforced their clonal facility project with a training on macro-somatic clonal propagation held in BASC, San Ildefonso, Bulacan on November 18-19, 2014.

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Talim island fisherfolks visit ERDB’s demo areas and gallery

Twenty-four fishermen from Barangay Ginoong Sanay and Pinagdilawan conducted a cross-visit at the ERDB's bamboo and rattan demonstration areas on October 3, 2014. The fishermen are cooperators of ERDB's Partner-Bond Project which is being implemented in Talim island. The project is headed by Vienna O. Austria with Marla V. Cambay and Ma. Theresa M. Valencia as co-activity leader and project staff, respectively. The cooperators represent the 2 POs, Samahang Mangingisda ng Barangay Ginoong Sanay and Samahang Mangingisda ng Barangay Pinagdilawan.

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ERDB joins 399th Foundation Day of Los Baños

In celebration of the 399th Foundation Day of the Municipality of Los Baños, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) joined the 140 delegates in the civic parade held on Sept. 17, 2014. The delegates came from government offices, NGOs and private individuals.

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ERDB’s bamboo and rattan gallery

In an effort to promote the importance of bamboo and rattan in the Philippines, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) established the bamboo and rattan gallery. The gallery serves as a repository of relevant research outputs, literatures and information including photos of various species and products of bamboos in the Philippines and neighboring countries.

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LBSC holds Techno Forum: Handa KNB sa Oras ng Kalamidad?

The Los Baños Science Community (LBSC) hosted the Techno forum: Handa KNB sa Oras ng Kalamidad? on Sept. 11, 2014 at the NCAS (New College of Arts and Science) Auditorium, UPLB.

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ERDB and SUCs revisit agreement on National Greening Program’s quality seedlings

The DENR's Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), Forest Management Bureau, and 21 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) gathered in a midyear discussion at Kimberly Hotel, Manila on August 10-11 to fortify their quality seedling commitment for the National Greening Program (NGP).

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Bamboo technical assistance extended to Dinalupihan

Dinalupihan, Bataan, a town which specializes in the manufacture of "sawali" or bamboo mats, was the venue of bamboo training assisted by the DENR's Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) on August 5-6.

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First Division Youth for Environment Summit in Basco, Batanes

The DENR Youth Desk Training Team spearheaded the First Division Youth for Environment Summit (YES) in Basco, Batanes on May 15-17, 2014. The team was composed of the youth coordinators from DENR SCO, ERDB, MGB, LMB, NAMRIA, Regions 2 & 4A. The summit was held at the Batanes National Science High School, Basco, Batanes for the secondary level and at the Batanes Central School for the elementary level.

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Sylvatrop Journal: Standing anew

Striving to produce more relevant and timely issues of Sylvatrop, the Sylvatrop Editorial Board, the governing body on Sylvatrop, convened last July 3-4, 2014 at Lewis Grand Hotel in Angeles City, Pampanga to thresh out its issues and concerns.

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"Island Biodiversity", this year's theme on the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD)

The 2014 Celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity was held on May 22-23, 2014 at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) in Quezon City. The celebration was highlighted with a youth summer camp with the theme "Island Biodiversity".

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ERDB trained SUCs on macro-somatic clonal propagation and nursery establishment

A four-day training on clonal propagation, nursery establishment, seed technology and mycorrhizal application was recently conducted by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Los Baños Laguna in collaboration with the Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 6 among State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the region.

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DepEd-NCR visits ERDB to adopt its technology

The Department of Education-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR) visited the Ecosystems Research Development Bureau's (ERDB's) research facilities for clonal nursery propagation and charcoal briquettes production last April 11, 2014. It is a kick-off activity to the 3-day strategic planning workshop spearheaded by DepEd-NCR in partnership with the Technology and Livelihood Education-Edukasyong Pantahanan and Pangkabuhayan Supervisors and Coordinators Association, Inc. (TLEEPPSCAI).

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San Antonio, Nueva Ecija gets bamboo technical assistance

"Nueva Ecija intends to intercrop vetiver and napier in bamboo plantations", Governor Aurelio M. Umali said during the bamboo training held in this town on March 20-21.

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ERDB joins 2014 World Water Day

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) joined the Kick-off of the 2014 World Water Day held on March 17, 2014 at Angat Watershed in Norzagaray, Bulacan. As part of the kick-off program, ERDB showcased its first Interactive Exhibit featuring five vulnerable watersheds in the Philippines. Veering away from conventional forms of exhibits, ERDB took a light turn in making the topic more understandable and interesting to its viewers. Entitled "Watershedelikado: Building Resilient Communities through R&D", the vulnerabilities of Aringay Watershed in Benguet and La Union, Baco in Oriental Mindoro, Buhi in Camarines Sur, Gian in Sarangani and Davao Del Sur and Mt. Makiling in Laguna and Batangas were unveiled.

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Gising Diwa held in Sta. Rosa III Central School

The ERDB GAD-IEC (Gender and Development - Information, Education and Communication) headed by For. Romana A. Mauricio successfully conducted the Gising Diwa on March 7, 2014 in Sta. Rosa Central III Elementary School. The participants were composed of selected Grade V students.

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Limay, Bataan gets technical assistance on bamboo

"What if I skip the nursery and plant bamboo cuttings directly into my two-hectare land?" asked Estrella B. Aucena, 49, a farmer, in the recent bamboo training assisted by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-ERDB).

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Largest Human Woman Symbol for Guinness?

More than 10,000 "Juanas" and "Juans" from various government and private sectors convened at the Quirino Grandstand as early as 5:00 A.M. on March 8, 2014 (International Day of Women) to join the formation of woman human symbol. This is in line with the celebration of Women's Month for 2014 with the theme "Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong".

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TDD conducts training on writing for ERDB researchers

Recognizing the importance of writing media release as a means to promote ERDB as a research institution, the Technology Development Division (TDD) conducted the "Training on Writing Articles for Media Releases" on March 12-13, 2014 at the BP International Jamboree, Los Banos, Laguna.

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ERDB joins “Walk for a Cause” in Los Baños

In line with the Women's Month Celebration with the theme "Juana ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong", the ERDB joined the"Walk for A Cause" held on March 8, 2014 in Los Baños, Laguna. The local theme was "Tulong Sagip Buhay sa mga Biktima ng Kanser".

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ERDB Women’s Month 2014, a tribute to the strong and resilient “Juanas”

The month of March signals the opening of Women's Month celebration at ERDB. This year's theme is "Juana, Ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong". It gives special recognition to the strong and resilient "Juanas" who inspired everyone all over the country and across the globe. It also recognizes the role of women who untiringly volunteered themselves in time of disaster, conflict, and calamity and their overall contributions to progress.

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ERDB and Philippine Army’s 7ID ink new agreement

More bamboo to grow at Fort Magsaysay. Acting Director Henry A. Adornado of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (right) and Major General Glorioso V. Miranda of the Philippine Army's 7th Infantry Division inked a memorandum of agreement on March 31 to jointly develop a 670-hectare plantation of bamboo and indigenous trees within Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation, Brgy. Caballero, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija. It is the second tie up of the two parties under the National Greening Program. The first agreement was signed in June 2013 in which both parties agreed to establish a huge 3,000-hectare plantation of pure bamboo in the reservation until 2016. (Text by Media Group, NGP-PQPM/Photo by Enrico Barbosa). ©pangetgawavillaspin

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Laguna 4H Club joins “Lakbay Aral” at LBES

As part of its continuous effort in promoting its technologies, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), 27 members of the 4H club from different cities and municipalities in Laguna and four municipal and provincial coordinators from Department of Agriculture were invited to visit the Los Baños Experimental Station (LBES) and the ERDB premises for Lakbay Aral on May 08, 2015.

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ERDB staff attend Seminar on SMEs of Bamboo Industry

More and more countries are now becoming interested in acquiring knowledge about bamboo and how this resource will be used in improving the quality of life of the people in the rural community. To cater to the needs of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) member countries including those who have interest in bamboo, a capacity building titled, Seminar on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) of Bamboo Industry was held on April 9-23, 2015 at Beijing, China. The International Center for Bamboo and Rattan (ICBR) and INBAR organized the seminar which was sponsored by the State Forestry Administration (SFA) of the People's Republic of China.

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Korea Forest Service reps visit ERDB

Korea Forest Service (KFS) representatives were at the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) on April 21 for a consultation meeting on the proposed Department of Environment and Natural Resources-KFS cooperation project.

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ERDB prepares for Women’s Month Celebration 2014

Various activities are scheduled for the celebration of the Women's Month 2014 at ERDB. This year's theme is "Juana, Ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong." The celebration pays tribute to the strong and resilient "Juanas" who brought inspiring changes here in the country and across the globe. It also recognizes the role of women who untiringly volunteered themselves in time of disaster, conflict, and calamity and their overall contributions to progress.

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LGUs from General Nakar, Quezon visit LBES for Lakbay Aral

Nine members of the Local Government Unit of General Nakar, Quezon visited the Los Baños Experimental Station (LBES) and other facilities in Los Baños Laguna for a two-day Lakbay Aral as part of the ENR technology promotion through demonstration areas activity by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) on April 23 to 24 2015.

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ERDB trains DENR researchers to publish in Sylvatrop

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) spearheaded the conduct of the 2015 Sylvatrop Writeshop last April 21-23, 2015 at Lohas Hotel, Clarkfield Zone, Clark, Pampanga.

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Technical assistance on bamboo extended to Aliaga, Nueva Ecija

"Bamboo as carbon sequestrator" was among the ideas pitched by DENR-ERDB to the participants of the bamboo training held in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija on January 29-30, 2014.

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ERDB GAD Focal Point holds 1st meeting for 2014

The ERDB GAD Focal Point System held its 1st regular meeting for 2014 on January 10, 2014 at the ERDB Conference Room. The meeting was held to discuss the reconstitution of the members of the focal point system.

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Why experimental design is important

Why experimental design is important. Dr. Leuvina M. Tandug, former DENR's Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Director, talked on experimental design and data analysis in a seminar organized by ERDB for its junior researchers on April 14. "Biological research without experimental design would be a waste of government fund and cannot be considered a scientific work. Results are inconclusive and will not be accepted for publication as technical papers," said Dr. Tandug, a seasoned biometrician/statistician who has written 22 technical publications in her field of specialization. She advises researchers to consult a statistician when drafting research proposals, particularly on biological type of investigation (Photo and text by Media Group, NGP-PQPM). 

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ERDB General Assembly Meeting held

The 1st ERDB General Assembly Meeting for CY 2014 was held on January 8. 2014 at the ERDB Auditorium, College, Laguna. A total of 338 employees attended the assembly of ERDB employees.

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ERDB staff attend “TWEEST” Forum and Trade Fair at PCAARD

Five employees from the ERDB namely: Ms. Ma. Theresa Valencia, Ms. Lea Domasig, Ms. Marita Briz, Ms. Emma Paunlagui and Mr. Alexander Borja attended the "Testimonials on Women Economic Empowerment through Science and Technology" (TWEEST) Forum and Trade Fair on March 30. 2015 at the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARD), Los Banos, Laguna.

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Brgy. Tumana, Marikina City LGUs and ERDB-NCR visit LBES for Lakbay Aral

As part of Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau's (ERDB) technology promotion of ENR Ecosystems through demonstration areas activity, 29 participants consisting nine staff from the ERDB-NCR, 19 officials and staff from Brgy. Tumana, Marikina, City and a representative from Brgy. Holy Spirit Quezon City participated in the Lakbay Aral at the Los Baños Experiment Station (LBES) and other facilities in Los Baños, Laguna on April 15, 2015.

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Southern Luzon State University Clonal Forestry Complex inaugurated

Many consider Friday the 13th as a day that brings bad luck. However, for the constituents of Southern Luzon State University (SLSU), December 13, 2013 was an auspicious day which held a lot of promise; for on a Friday the 13th, the DENR-NGP Clonal Forestry Complex of SLSU was inaugurated and blessed by the parish priest of Lucban, Quezon. Present during the event were faculty, officials, and students of SLSU; DENR representatives also graced the well-attended affair despite the morning drizzle.

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Women as partners on disaster preparedness

Climate change has caused a great effect on the occurrence of natural disasters. It is on this context why the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Gender and Development Focal Point System (GAD-FPS) is constantly concerned with helping the vulnerable sector of society particularly women. To attend to this, another seminar on disaster preparedness was conducted on March 17, 2015. This was attended by 55 female participants, mostly housewives who are residents of Los Baños, Laguna.

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National Greening Program adopts baselining protocol

The baselining protocol for the National Greening Program (NGP) was unveiled in a national training held on February 23-27, 2015 at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' ERDB.

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On the Spot Painting Contest held on Women’s Month Celebration 2015

In line with the celebration of Women's Month 2015, the ERDB GAD Focal Point System conducted the "On the Spot Painting Contest" on March 10, 2015 at the ERDB Auditorium. The contest is part of the gender advocacy program of the ERDB which aims to uncover the students' perception of the environment and determine their level of awareness and knowledge of gender roles in water conservation.

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ERDB starts celebration of Women’s Month 2015

The ERDB through the Gender and Development Focal Point System (GADFPS) joined the nation in celebrating the Women's Month 2015. This year's theme is "Juana, Ang Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na" which pays tribute to all women leaders who passionately advance women's advocacies in leadership, power and decision making.

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ERDB staff joins “Walk for A Cause” in Los Baños

 

In line with the National Women's Month Celebration with the theme "Juana Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na", the ERDB joined the "Walk For A Cause" held on March 8, 2015 in Los Baños. The local theme was "Sama Ka! Ibangon at Tulungan ang mga Kababaihan Biktima ng Kanser" and "Los Baños is Rising -One Billion Rising through Strike/Dance/Rise" campaign program.

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ERDB plans for National Greening Program’s 5th year

To come up with action plans for the National Greening Program (NGP) in 2015, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) held a planning workshop in Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas from February 9-11, 2015.

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AD Daño and staff attend workshop on traditional knowledge

The workshop on "Traditional Forest Knowledge for Ecosystem Services in ASEAN Countries" was held at the Crystal Crown Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on February 2 - 4, 2015. The said workshop was attended by Dr. Antonio M. Daño, ERDB OIC Assistant Director; Dr. Aurora S. Jose, Planning Officer and Ms. Karen Rose M. Fortus, project staff. The workshop aimed to share information and data for a better understanding on traditional forest knowledge in the context of ecosystem services.

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Project implementers bid goodbye to project cooperators in Talim Island

Every project needs to end and project implementers need to ensure that all stakeholders are satisfied with what they have done and to deliver what they have promised. After one year of implementation, project implementers of the PARTNER-BOND (Pro-active Response towards Nurturing Environmental Relations: A Barangay Outreach Project based on Community Needs and Demands) Project conducted their last field visit in Talim island on January 21-23, 2015. The team was led by the activity leader, Ms. Vienna O. Austria together with Ms. Marla V. Cambay (co-activity leader) and Ms. Theresa M. Valencia (project staff).

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DENR-ERDB Welcomes New Director

LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA - It is indeed a happy new year for the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) as it welcomes Dr. Henry A. Adornado as the new Director.

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IEC and Barangay Ordinance on Bamboo launched

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  ERDB conducted Information Education and Communication (IEC) on bamboo in relation to the rehabilitation project. The IEC was held at Brgy. Burgos, Rodriguez, Rizal on April 25, 2014 which was spearheaded by Dr. Lynlei L. Pintor. Fifty-two participants attended the IEC consisting of barangay officials, neighborhood associations, civic and youth organizations, and residents.

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ERDB Partner Bond Project conducts training in Talim Island

 

Alarmed by the dwindling source of bamboo in Talim Island due to environmental degradation, over cutting, and land conversion the ERDB through the PARTNER-BOND Project (Pro-Active Response Towards Nurturing Environmental Relations: A Barangay Outreach Project Based on Community Needs and Demands) conducted the Training on Bamboo Production Technology in Talim Island, Binangonan, Rizal on May 28-29, 2014.

The training aimed to orient and demonstrate to the participants the ERDB developed technology on "propagule production of kawayan tinik".

There were 30 participants in the training composed of the fishermen PO members of the 2 barangays (Samahang Mangingisda ng Brgy. Pinagdilawan and Barangay Ginoong Sanay).

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ERDB Researchers win Best Paper Awards

The Philippine Society for the Study of Nature, Inc. held its 14th conference at the Benguet State University on May 21 - 23, 2014. The theme of the conference is "Private-Public Partnership: Creating Possibilities for a Responsible Resource Use". The sub-themes in the conference include environmental governance and people's participation, green technology and economy, environmental education and advocacy, partnership for the environment, and environmental research and methods.

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ERDB partners with B+WISER to harmonize guidelines on mangrove and beach forests development and management

 

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) together with the Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER), a project designed and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), spearheaded the conduct of the National Workshop: Harmonizing the Guidelines on Mangrove and Beach Forests Development and Management held on June 26-27, 2014 at the Century Park Hotel, Manila.

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DENR inaugurates facility to produce biofertilizers

 

Los Baños, Laguna - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) inaugurated a facility that will enhance performance of seedlings planted in degraded areas like mining sites, eroded and denuded lands and dry areas in the Philippines. The event was held on April 28, 2014 at the Science and Technology Park, UPLB, College, Laguna.

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