Left photo: DENR Undersecretary Jonas R. Leones officiates the turnover of the responsibility to the new ERDB Director Nonito M. Tamayo. Right photo: Newly-appointed ERDB Director Nonito M. Tamayo gives his acceptance speech during the turnover ceremony held on December 27, 2019 at the ERDB Auditorium. Photos by Gino M. Laforteza

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) welcomed For. Nonito M. Tamayo as its new director during the turnover ceremony held on December 27, 2019 at the ERDB Auditorium. Prior to his new appointment, Director Tamayo was the former director of the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) and the DENR Regional Executive Director of Region XIII. He obtained his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Forestry at the UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Director Tamayo will be replacing Director Sofio B. Quintana who served as ERDB Director from June 2018 to December 2019 (1 year and 6 months).

ERDB Asst. Director Mayumi Quintos-Natividad welcomed the new Director. She said, “I am privileged to have worked with these two directors at the Forest Management Bureau (FMB). To Director Quintana, we wish you good luck in your new assignment and to Director Tamayo, we promise to give you the full support that we gave to Dir. Quintana”.

In his message, outgoing Director Sofio B. Quintana thanked the ERDB Execom members for supporting him during his tenure as ERDB Director. He also encouraged the employees to give their full support to the incoming Director Tamayo in all the undertakings of the bureau. “To all of you, I consider this not the end of our everlasting relationship”, he said.

In his acceptance speech, the newly appointed ERDB Director Nonito M. Tamayo said, “I am looking forward to being with my new family. Let us all work together. I count on all of the ERDB staff and the Executive Committee members for their full cooperation. Everybody has a role to play in the sustainable development of our natural resources.”

Director Tamayo stated that one of his priority programs will include the improvement of the survival of the National Greening Program (NGP) plantations. He also mentioned about the promotion of the use of bamboo. Likewise, he gave emphasis on the planting of trees that thrive well on mined-out areas. He also encouraged the development and promotion of ERDB technologies. Lastly, he stated that the order of the DENR Secretary is to develop a research program on agar and bamboo.

DENR USEC Jonas R. Leones gave the message in behalf of the DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu. He said, “Research has a big role to play especially in the National Greening Program (NGP).” He also mentioned about the importance of research on the massive rehabilitation of Manila Bay. He likewise emphasized the need to balance between protection and conservation of mining areas. He said that the DENR Secretary expressed his appreciation particularly to Director Sofio B. Quintana for being instrumental in the rehabilitation of the Boracay Island.

Aside from USEC Leones, other DENR top officials were also present to witness the ceremony. Among those present were ASEC Corazon C. Davis, ASEC Marcial C. Amaro Jr., Dir. Angelito V. Fontanilla and Dir. Ric G. Enriquez.

The last part of the program was the singing of the DENR hymn. Marla V. Cambay, TTD