Ms. Primitiva Galupo, Ms. Julieta Abuejela of PENRO Quezon, Ms. Leonie Algire, radio program host and Ms. Marlene Melarpis live on air.

Seeing an opportunity to raise awareness on biodiversity research to the general public, the Urban and Biodiversity Research, Development and Extension Center (UBRDEC) guested in a local radio program last July 29, 2019 at Radyo Pilipinas Lucena – DWLC 1017 AM in Lucena City.

Two senior staff members went on air in the radio program “Bayan Konektado Ka sa Kapaligiran at Likas na Yaman” hosted by Ms. Leonie Algire. The guesting accomplished through the assistance of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) – Quezon, served as a platform for UBRDEC to introduce itself as one of the six research, development and extension centers (RDECs) of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), a staff bureau under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

UBRDEC Administrative Unit Chief Ms. Marlene S. Melarpis traced the historical background of the center, dating back from its roots in the Forest Research Institute (FORI), to the Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS) under the DENR regional offices, up to the present ERDB and its RDECs spread across the Philippines. She also discussed the center’s mandate, organizational setup, functions, roles and ongoing studies.

On the other hand, Technology Transfer and Extension Unit Chief Ms. Primitiva A. Galupo explained how completed studies are assessed and converted into Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials. According to Ms. Galupo, the goal is to present the results of completed studies in layman’s term, to be easily understood by the general public. She also discussed the available technologies being promoted by the center such as bamboo propagation and DENR charcoal technologies. “Technology Needs Assessment (TNA), techno forum, educational tours and exhibits are the means to engage stakeholders and the general public in such activities”, Ms. Galupo said. Stephanie D. Dimalanta, UBRDEC