The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in consonance with Executive Order No. 366 or the Rationalization Program of the Government implemented the needed reorganization and restructuring in order to respond to the changing environmental, social, and even political landscapes starting 2015.
The rationalized Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) operates into research centers clustered by major islands with specific areas of excellence. This is to focus and address research gaps and agenda as well as to develop areas of excellence in the different research centers.
ERDB coordinates all technological researches undertaken by the Research Centers to all possible users and clientele. ERDB and the research centers aim to generate science-based information and technologies for the development of policies on sustainable management of environment and natural resources (ENR).
The major islands in the Visayas composed of Regions 6, 7, 8 and recently the newly created Negros Island Region are clustered into Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC). Its core functions are geared toward enhancing resilience of wetlands and coastal areas to support biodiversity conservation and ecotourism development in the Visayas Region.
The research stations in Region 6 and 8 based in Iloilo City and Tacloban City shall serve as satellite offices supporting the BCWERC main office in Cebu City.
Relevant research, development, and extension on wetlands and coastal ecosystems to support biodiversity conservation and ecotourism development gearing towards a healthy environment and sustainable natural resources for an improved quality of life.
To provide appropriate technology and information through research, development, and extension towards the enhanced productivity and sustainability of wetlands and coastal resources support biodiversity and ecotourism and protection of the environment for the improvement of the quality of life of the Filipino people.