The newly renovated research station building of the Watershed and Water Resources Research Center’s (WWRRC) research station in Region 2, the Cagayan Valley Ecosystems Research Station (WWRRC-CVERS) at Lower Magat, Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya was inaugurated on December 22, 2015.

The program of the inauguration started with the opening remarks from Center Director, Dr. Carlos S. Arida, Sr. and was immediately followed by the welcome remarks from CVERS Station Head, Mr. Noel S. Soriano. Former Regional Technical Directors (RTDs) and the foundation of Research, For. Henry Patricio, For. Wilfredo Malvar, and Ms. Lilia dL. Abel shared their memorable experiences and stories during their stay in the said research station.

For. Malvar who started as a Science Research Aide is now the Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services in DENR-Region 2. For. Malvar’s story is almost similar with the story of For. Patricio who also started as a Science Research Aide until he was promoted as Division Chief, an RTD for Research and finally as Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO). For. Patricio chose to retire early but just like For. Malvar and Ms. Abel, he still actively contributes to the improvement of Research. Ms. Abel is the current Division Chief of the Administrative Office of DENR-Region 2.

The newly renovated station has now a fully-furnished building which can cater to the CVERS researchers and other personnel’s needs for a more conducive working environment. For. Patricio joked how the CVERS building was turned from being a “haunted house” into a brand-new building. He added that the station was revived again and said that this was because of the good management of the Center Director, Dr. Arida.

CELYO Kooperatiba ng Pangmaramihang Serbisyo, partner-bond of WWRRC in Region 2, which was originally handled by Ms. Abel, was invited in the inauguration. The cooperative was also given recognition and a plaque of appreciation by the WWRRC for garnering first place in the national competition for poster and paper presentation during the Symposium on the Transfer and Adoption of ENR Technologies at ERDB, Los Baños on November 5, 2015. This brought honor and pride to the Center, as CELYO was recognized as the best technology adopter among all partner-bond projects of ERDB.

Dr. Arida posed a challenge to CVERS staff and personnel that this inauguration should result to a better output which can make Research known again in terms of technologies generated. He added that this can be realized if all would support CVERS Station Head, Noel Soriano. WWRRC