Director Sofio B. Quintana of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) graced the inauguration of the Soil and Plant Tissue Laboratory of the Mining and Degraded Areas Rehabilitation Research Center (MDARRC) on September 20, 2018 at Nabunturan Station, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley. He challenged the MDARRC technical personnel to make full use of the facility in doing research and to cater the testing needs of the clients from different parts of the region and nearby provinces such as chemical composition analysis and contamination detection. “Whenever there will be a need for the analysis of soil and plant tissue, we will be needing the services of Nabunturan Soil and Plant Tissue Laboratory. I believe MDARRC can respond fully to the challenge,” Director Quintana said.
In her welcome message, MDARRC Center Head Alma S. Uddin acknowledged the ERDB for the realization of the Center’s desire to have a state-of-the-art analytical laboratory that will be used for its R&D efforts especially in the rehabilitation and improvement of mined-out and degraded areas.
MDARRC uses data on soil and plant tissue analyses for its research studies. These are relevant to come up with
technologies to rehabilitate and improve soil condition since lateritic soils found in mined-out areas are devoid of macronutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium which are needed for plant survival.
The laboratory will primarily conduct contamination analysis in soil and determine the accumulation of toxic mineral elements to plants which may post risks to human health or the environment. It has rooms for general laboratory work such as preparation of media and for aseptic and analytical works. Soon, it will be equipped with state-of-the-art analytical equipment and instruments.
“We foresee this as a relevant and a leading government facility in this part of the region in the years to come…We project to greatly help the rehabilitation and improvement of mining areas and degraded farm lands not only in Compostela Valley Province, but in the neighboring provinces and regions as well, in the coming years,” Supervising SRS Eva C. Bautista, Head of MDARRC Research Station 2, said in her closing message.
The Local Government Units (LGU) Officials attended the inauguration and witnessed the ribbon cutting led by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer of LGU-Compostela Valley Forester Eugene Alaba, who represented the Provicincial Governor; Mr. Antonio B. Tulio, the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator of Nabunturan, who also represented the Municipal Mayor on her behalf; and Brgy. Captain Debie G. Tan of Brgy. Poblacion, Nabunturan. Officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) led by Forester Chamberlain Babiera, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Compostela Valley, who represented the DENR XI Regional Executive Director, graced the event. Jethrone M. Setenta, MDARRC