Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), Assistant Director Antonio M. Daño in lieu of Director Henry A. Adornado delivered the keynote address to students and alumni during the recently held symposium organized for the "40th Anniversary Celebration of the College of Forestry and Environmental Science (CFES)" on September 17 at the Visayas State University (VSU) Convention Center, Baybay, Leyte. Director Daño discussed the topic, 'Research, Development and Extension (RDE) Direction in Response to the Challenges in Forestry and Environment Sector.' The event was participated by VSU alumni, students, professors, and other invited officials.

This years' CFES anniversary theme, "Facing the challenges in forestry and environmental management forty years of existence and beyond," brought together alumni and students in the symposium to provide opportunities for exchange of views and plans on possible collaboration on various researches and development undertakings. The symposium likewise sought to facilitate career development among students and networking across the field of forestry and environmental science. Director Daño in his speech assured to support and to continuously collaborate with VSU in their RDE efforts. He however posed a challenge to professors to constantly guide students to aspire more and be of service to their colleagues and make possible adjustments in the curriculum to catch up with the needs of the present times. "With the Yolanda experience, we need to fortify our efforts and work double time to accomplish our targets," Director Daño said.

OIC-Center Head for the Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research (BCWERC), Dr. Alicia L. Lustica likewise informed the group that both ERDB and BCWERC will offer supplemental information through the distribution of information, education and communication (IEC) materials to support the VSU not just in technology generation but also in facilitating access to science-based information and knowledge. "It was a great opportunity for all of us here to be greatly aware of our respective roles and we look forward to continuously collaborate with you in several future RDE undertakings," Dr. Lustica said.

The College of Forestry and Environmental Science at the VSU, a center of excellence in forestry and similar fields in Visayas, has been generating appropriate technologies for forest resources and environmental management and conservation through relevant research undertakings for years. Ann F. Jumawan, BCWERC