Mining and Degraded Areas Rehabilitation Research Center (MDARRC) conducted a one-day Regional Technology Forum on ENR Technologies on December 8, 2015 at JC Leisure and Business Place, Lanao, Kidapawan City. The forum aimed to disseminate and promote ENR technologies regarding the mining and degraded areas rehabilitation generated by the research sector.

Forty-six participants from different local government units in Cotabato Province and South Cotabato, other government line agencies and academe attended the said forum. MDARRC Center Head Dr. Bighani M. Manipula welcomed the participants and assured them to provide science-based information and technologies to rehabilitate mined-out and degraded areas through the forum.

ERDB OIC-Assistant Director Antonio M. Daño presented the different rehabilitation technologies for degraded areas. He also discussed the status of land degradation in the Philippines, rehabilitation schemes and its general measures. In his lecture, he reiterated that, “Greater efforts are needed to ensure that degradation is prevented and that further loss of vegetation is only undertaken where subsequent land use is likely to be sustainable.”

The agency with experience on rehabilitation of degraded upland areas such as the Mindanao Baptist Rural Life Center (MBRLC) Foundation, Inc. was also invited to share their stories. MBRLC Director Roy C. Alimoane shared their humble beginning and its developed technologies like Sloping Agricultural Land Technology. He encouraged the participants, especially those who have farms to use this technology.

In the open forum, Mr. Willie Jones B. Saliling, an assistant professor from the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) commended the MDARRC for its effort in developing appropriate technologies to rehabilitate mined-out and degraded areas through its projects and studies. He said that the USM is open for a collaboration project with MDARRC.

Ms. Vilma Flauta- Nitura, the Head of MDARRC XII Research Station in Amas, Kidapawan City, gave the closing remarks. She thanked the participants for responding to their invitation. She expressed her hope that these participants would be the MDARRC’s partners in environmental protection and management. Ms. Nitura also invited the participants to visit their clonal nursery. The participants from USM showed interest to conduct an educational tour with their students after they visited the clonal nursery. Jethrone M. Setenta, MDARRC