Snapshot of some of the participants during the Series of Webinars.

The 34th Cordillera Month celebration is one of the highlights of July in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) because it commemorates the region’s founding anniversary.

As the host of this year’s Cordillera Month, DENR-CAR through the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau-Watershed and Water Resources Research Development and Extension Center (ERDB-WWRRDEC), joined the event through the conduct of various activities such as series of webinars on green technologies that could be adopted under the new normal.

The online activity was conducted every Monday throughout July. A total of 571 participants from CAR and other regions in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao attended the event through Zoom cloud video conferencing.

The webinar was also simultaneously aired via Facebook Live reaching 250 viewers across the globe.

Featuring the theme “Working Together towards Cordillera Autonomy through Green Recovery”, WWRRDEC collaborated with different regional line agencies (RLAs) to promote and encourage participants to adopt green technologies under the new normal brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seven topics on green technologies were elaborated by the resource persons from RLAs. Among these are Ornamental Bamboos in Cordillera by ERDB-WWRRDEC, Climate, and Disaster Risk Assessment by DILG-CAR, Vertical Gardening by ERDB’s Toxic and Hazardous Wastes Research Development and Extension Center (THWRDEC), and Aquaponics by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-CAR).

DTI-CAR also discussed Green Consumerism/Sustainable Consumption and Sustainable Business Practices whereas DPWH-CAR introduced Rock Netting and PSA-CAR gave a discussion on Physical Asset Account Regional Compendium on Environmental Statistics.

Videos on the autonomy of CAR retrieved from NEDA-CAR were also played throughout the event to enlighten the participants on the region’s pursuit for autonomy.

Moreover, open forum, quiz, and awarding of prizes to winners made the online event an interactive one.

The online event culminated on July 27 with the hope to support the call for a unified action from all Cordillerans to stop the spread of the pandemic and help in the region’s recovery through environmentally-sustainable development strategies and approaches./ Clivene O. Toctocan, Sharmaine L. Egalla, Shirley Jaene S. Valdez, Zachiary Mae A. Morales, WWRRDEC