The Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) Region 6 brought home awards and prizes in paper and poster presentations from the Symposium on the Transfer and Adoption of ENR Technologies held last November 5, 2015 held at the ERDB Auditorium, Los Baňos, Laguna. The entry of BCWERC Region 6 which is entitled, “Talaba Culture in the Midst of Mangrove Forestation: The Balaring Experience,” won 2nd place in the paper presentation with a cash prize of P20,000. It was presented by the Balaring Mangrove Planters Association’s (BAMPA) representative Ms. Nombria Dooma.

The Talaba-inspired entry in poster presentation got the 3rd place with a cash prize of P5,000. A total of nine (9) entries coming from different ERDB Satellite Offices participated in the event namely: regions 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 and the National Capital Region (NCR). The four (4) panellists who judged the contest were Prof. Rommel A. Daya, professor at the College of Development Communication in UPLB; Dr. Aleli M. Luna, former Chief of the Upland Farms Ecosystems Research Division (UFERD); Mr. Eliseo M. Baltazar, former Chief of the Technology Transfer Division (TTD) and For. Celso P. Diaz, former ERDB Director.

The entry in paper presentation is a 35–hectare Mangrove Reforestation and Livelihood community-based project of Barangay Balaring, Silay City, Negros Occidental undertaken in 1991 during the CARP-ISF Programs of DENR Region VI assisted by the former ERDS, now BCWERC. It was turned over to the Local Government Unit of Silay City, Negros Occidental in 1996. Due to the support of the LGU of Silay, other agencies and the outstanding efforts of BAMPA in protecting and rehabilitating the Negros environment, the project continued through the financial assistance of JAP-ASIA Foundation, Inc. facilitated by a group called “IKAW-AKO Japan Negros Partnership of Environmental Protection.”

The symposium aimed to share and learn from experiences on the transfer of ENR technologies to clients; gain insights on strengthening the links between technology generation and technology transfer; identify the means of applying science while laymanizing the course of technology transfer and extension; and determining mechanisms for increasing capacities on extending ENR technologies. It played an integral part in the monitoring and post evaluation on the client’s adoption of ENR technologies that were disseminated. Lynly Florence B. Palma, BCWERC