ELTAG quarterly meetings held via zoom application

Partnership/Network formation is a key factor in the implementation of a strategic communication plan for ENR technology. Specifically, strong linkage serves as a bridge towards a successful implementation vis-à-vis promotion of ENR technologies.

The ENR Livelihood Technology Advocates Group popularly known as ELTAG was the group formed way back in 2012 as part of the Pro-Active Response Towards Nurturing Environmental Relations: A Barangay Outreach project based on Community Needs and Demands (PARTNER-BOND).

The said project was implemented by the then ERDS-NCR and now the Toxic and Hazardous Wastes Research Development and Extension Center (THWRDEC) of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB).

The group was organized to strengthen the partnership between the Center and the LGUs in NCR, particularly in the advocacy towards promotion of ENR technologies and implementation of various ENR-related projects.

Since then, the ELTAG has been proven to be an important factor in the implementation of the technology transfer activities and other ENR related projects of the Center.

Subsequently, regular ELTAG quarterly meetings have been undertaken to attain the objective of the partnership.

Over the years, representatives from member LGUs reported the updates on the various activities/initiatives related to the environment that were being conducted in their respective areas of jurisdiction, such as tree planting, clearing operations, clean-up activities, collection of recyclable materials, management of toxic and hazardous wastes, plant nurseries, and participation to task forces for the Manila Bay Rehabilitation, and the likes.

These initiatives show that the LGUs seriously take their full responsibility of cleaning and preserving the environment.

However, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, conduct of meetings have been undertaken via online video teleconferencing through Zoom application instead of the usual face- to- face activity.

Updates on the completed and ongoing THWRDEC research projects are being presented during the ELTAG meetings.

In the first and second quarters of CY 2021, several THWRDEC researchers presented the potential technologies generated from the completed research such as the use of native bamboo species in absorbing heavy metals in contaminated soils and the potentials of agricultural wastes (coconut, sugarcane, and maize residues) as adsorbents to remove hexavalent chromium in tannery wastewater.

As such, the ELTAG remains to serve as a channel of the Center to its stakeholders and expedites the eventual adoption of these ENR technologies. Cynthia V. Carpio and Jonathan Alexander Galang, THWRDEC