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New Handbook, Outstanding R&D Awards on DENR’s 25th Anniversary
Posted: 2012-06-22 05:49:52

The Outstanding Research and Development Awards and the handover of a new Handbook to the DENR Secretary were among the events held during the employees program for the 25th DENR Anniversary on June 8, 2012. The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) spearheaded the conduct of these activities. First was the presentation of the handbook titled “Management and Restoration of Forest in Areas Affected by Mining in the Philippines” to the DENR Secretary. The handbook is one of the major outputs of a collaborative undertaking led by ERDB with the active participation of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Forest Management Bureau (FMB) and UPLB-CFNR (UPLB-College of Forestry and Natural Resources) under the capability building supported by the Australian Government (AUSAID), Public Sector Linkages Program (PSLP) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).

The handbook contains the current policies, knowledge, experiences and practices on the management and restoration of forests in areas affected by mining in the Philippines. It discusses fundamental principles of mine rehabilitation and forest restoration. It spells out basic strategies in managing impacts of mining on the forest with reference to existing environmental and mining policies. Appropriate environmental management techniques and practices of progressive rehabilitation are also included.

The reference material is intended to provide managers and field officers with the necessary information that would guide them on current policies and best-practices on forest management and mine rehabilitation throughout all the stages of mining operations.

Dr. Aida B. Lapis, Chief of the Grassland and Degraded Areas Research Division of ERDB provided a brief background of the Handbook with an introductory audiovisual material about the handbook, authors, contents and its uses.

ERDB Marcial C. Amaro, Jr. presented the Handbook to DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje with For. Neria Andin, Director of Forest Management Bureau (FMB) and Director. Leo L. Jasareno of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).

The Outstanding Research and Development Award was given to recognize outstanding research accomplishments and completed projects from 2005 to 2011.

All Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS) Offices of the regions and the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau research divisions were invited to submit entries.

Fourteen (14) entries were submitted from CAR, Region 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, CARAGA and ERDB.

The entries were evaluated based on the following criteria: significance of findings (60%), methodology (32.50%), and presentation (7.50%).

Awarded first place was the research project "Geospatial Modelling of Soil Erosion in Buhisan Watershed Forest Reserve" by Mr. Reynaldo L. Lanuza of DENR- ERDS Region 7. The second place winner was the project "Allometry of Aboveground Biomass and Percent Carbon Content of Six Forest Tree Plantation Species in the Philippines" by For. Maximo V. Lanting, Jr., For. Paulino A. Umali, Jr, Mr. Nelso Levi M. Lantican, and Dr. Leuvina M. Tandug of DENR-ERDB.

The DENR Secretary awarded the winners assisted by ERDB Director Marcial C. Amaro, Jr. and Assistant Director Leuvina M. Tandug. Marla V. Cambay, TDD

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