The signed MoU papers with Atty. Allan Barcena (top left), Regina Victoria Pascual (top right), Dr. Henry A. Adornado (bottom left), and For. Florita Siapno (bottom right).

Los Baños, Laguna – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) and Energy Development Corporation (EDC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on August 20, 2020 forging a partnership to strengthen the conservation and propagation of premium and threatened species in the Philippines.

Both organizations agreed to collaborate in providing technical assistance and capacity building in securing and protecting the 96 priority tree species found in a selected forest landscape in 16 regions, particularly the ten most rare and threatened species which are Mapilig, Bagoadlau, Sierra Madre Mangkono, Palawan Mangkono, Mangkono, Samar Gisok, Dalingdingan, Malabayabas, Yakal-Malibato, and Yakal Kaliot.

Launched in 2008, BINHI is EDC’s nationwide greening program that aims to preserve and propagate threatened native tree species, protect the forest and its resources, and conserve biodiversity.

Dr. Henry A. Adornado, Director of ERDB, emphasized the importance of collaborative research in addressing the decline in number of Philippine premium and threatened tree species. “Knowledge sharing and collaboration are the key factors  in making research information and technologies useful and of high quality. Therefore, we are looking forward to the success of this partnership and the upcoming output that will contribute to the body of knowledge and information related to our environment and natural resources,” he added.

Regina Victoria J. Pascual, Assistant Vice President and Head of Corporate Support Functions Group, further highlighted the need to protect these species. “It’s all going beyond sustainability by improving the condition of the environment and the communities in areas where we operate.”

EDC has been a renewable energy producer in the Philippines with proven expertise in exploring, harnessing, and sustainably generating power since 1976. EDC aims to provide present and future generations a better life through decarbonization with clean and renewable energy. It was created under the umbrella organization of the Philippine National Oil Company with the mandate to explore, delineate and develop indigenous resources in the country.

ERDB, on the other hand, is the research and development arm of the DENR. Its R & D and extension activities are focused on the five major ecosystems of the Philippines which include forests, upland farms, grassland and degraded areas, coastal zone and freshwater, and urban areas. Since 1987, ERDB has generated and disseminated various ENR technologies. Among such technologies are forest tree species, non-mist propagation protocol, seed technologies for different species, nursery and plantation establishment, species-site suitability assessment, and other forest protection and conservation techniques. These RDE efforts are aimed at sustainable management of the country’s ecosystems and natural resources, including the upliftment of the Filipino people’s quality of life. Allysa Marie C. Federio, TTD