The Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau – DENR conducted the Year-End Assessment of BCWERC RDE Projects and Programs last December 20-23, 2015 at the Bohol Plaza Resort and Restaurant, Mayacabag, Dauis, Bohol. The event was an offshoot of the BCWERC’s 3rd Quarter Assessment held last October, 26-29, 2015 in Iloilo City.

BCWERC OIC-Center Head, Dr. Alicia L. Lustica emphasized that assessing the operational systems, reviewing existing staffing patterns, and creating specific tasks that include administrative and finance functions are crucial to fully operationalize a solid set-up at the center and institute a coherent regulatory system. Dr. Lustica shared some updates, issues, and concerns recently discussed during the 4th Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) RDE Management Conference held at Tagaytay City last December 15-16, 2015. She likewise introduced the research bureau’s implementation of the Individual Development Plan (IDP), a scheme to identify learning based on the competency of each personnel. Measuring employees’ competencies through job knowledge tests, interviews, cognitive abilities, social skills and so on is very important to assess if employees are competent enough to do certain jobs in the field, Dr. Lustica said.

The 3-day event aimed to evaluate the BCWERC accomplishments based on targets/deliverables of the programs and projects implemented for the year. The conference participated in by all BCWERC researchers and staff from Regions 6, 7, and 8, culminated with the formulation of plans and programs and direction setting for 2016 RDE projects. Ann F. Jumawan, BCWERC