DENR Secretary Gina Lopez has designated Dr. Bighani M. Manipula as its new ERDB OIC Assistant Director through DENR Special Order No. 2017-229 effective March 03, 2017.

Prior to his designation to ERDB as OIC-Asst. Director, Dr. Manipula has extensive experience in research starting from the former Forest Research Institute (FORI) in the 1980s until he became the OIC Regional Technical Director for ERDS in Region XII and Center Head of the Mining and Degraded Areas Rehabilitation Research Center (MDARRC) in Tagum City.

Dr. Bighani M. Manipula obtained his BS degree in Agriculture from the University of Southern Mindanao and received his MS in Agriculture and Phd in Horticulture at the University of Southeastern Phillippines in Davao City.

Dr. Manipula replaced Dr. Antonio M. Daño who was designated as Executive Director of the River Basin Control Office (RBCO). Marla V. Cambay, TTD