A total of 266 attendees participated in the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau’s (ERDB) Technology Forum on Environment and Biotechnology held at SM Dasmariñas Event Center on Nov. 25, 2015. The activity was conducted as a part of the weeklong celebration of the 11th National Biotechnology Week.

ERDB Director Dr. Henry A. Adornado welcomed the participants to the forum which are mainly composed of high school and college students, teachers, instructors and professors, local government unit (LGU) members, and other government and non-government employees. Some ERDB staff and officials were also in attendance for the forum.

In his welcome remarks, Dr. Adornado shared ERDB-DENR’s programs and technologies such as the National Greening Program (NGP) and the Hi-Q VAM 1, respectively. He expressed his hopes that the forum will help ERDB strengthen its efforts in promoting its research-based technologies and activities to the pub1lic.

The resource speakers during the forum were AFMD Chief and former National Assistant Coordinator of NGP Mr. Angelito B. Exconde (Painting it Greener: BIOTECHNOLOGY for Environment), Laboratory and Experimental Services Division (LESD) Senior Science Research Specialist Ms. Carmelita M. Mojica (Production and Inoculation of Hi-Q VAM 1), and LESD Supervising Science Research Specialist Dr. Ma. Theresa A. de los Reyes (Application of Hi-Q VAM 1 and other soil amelioration for the improvement of agroforestry area in Sta. Teresita, Iriga City, Camarines Sur). For. Paul J. Cuadra served as the overall moderator of the forum.

After the lectures, the speakers entertained some questions and comments from the participants. One of the notable participants was an instructor from the Cavite State University who testified on the effectiveness of the use of mycorrhiza. He said that its application helped the remote areas of Cavite become greener. Some of the participants also asked if ERDB is willing to provide technical assistance for their environmental activities which the resource speakers have positively responded to.

Mr. Exconde closed the program through a short message that he directly addressed to the students. He said, “Study harder, make dreams, and fulfill your dreams. Work on it, make it happen. You are far better than we are. What we can do, you can do better.”

The forum officially ended at around 4:00 in the afternoon. Melanie N. Ojeda, TTD