A total of twelve (12) Research, Development, and Extension (RDE) studies - seven (7) ongoing and five (5) completed were presented and evaluated during the ‘Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) Annual In-House Review of the On-Going and Completed Research Studies for CY 2017.’ Papers presented include topics on Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project; Vulnerability and Carrying Capacity Assessment of Priority Nature-Based Ecotourism Areas; Biodiversity Profiling; Biodiversity Conservation towards Ecotourism; Clonal Nursery – Production of Quality Planting Materials (PQPM); Maintenance of Seed Production Areas and Individual Plus Trees; and other RDE studies which address BCWERC’s areas of excellence on biodiversity, coastal, wetlands, and the promotion of ecotourism.

The two-day activity recently organized by BCWERC under the supervision of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), College, Laguna was held last May 23-24, 2017 at the Alta Cebu Garden Resort, Cordova, Cebu. Said activity aimed to present and evaluate status of BCWERC RDE projects. Participants comprised twenty-five (25) science researchers and technical staff from the ERDB and BCWERC. A representative from the Department of Environment and Natural Resource (DENR) in Region 7 also joined the event.

Dr. Carmelita I. Villamor, chairperson of the evaluating committee from ERDB challenged BCWERC researchers to come up with notable projects and address key issues under the center’s area of excellence. She further suggested harmonizing the strategies and approaches utilized in project implementation. Four (4) evaluators from ERDB joined Dr. Villamor in the review and evaluation: Forester Ma. Lourdes DC. Reyes, Dr. Carmela G. Taguiam, Ms. Liberty E. Asis, and For. Romana A. Mauricio. ERDB’s monitoring and evaluation staff - Marie Abbie Gail L. Dela Cueva, Nolita E. Gasapos, and Jenneza S. Castro also assisted and provided some inputs during this year’s In-House Review.

Meanwhile, BCWERC Center Head, Dr. Alicia L Lustica was firm in taking the challenge vis-à-vis improving and possibly perfecting the methodology utilized on various researches. She further urged BCWERC researchers to focus and learn from past initiatives in order to come up with quality, viable and substantial research outputs.

The In-House Review of On-Going and Completed Research Studies is an annual activity conducted to ensure that research and development activities are undertaken efficiently in order to generate more relevant science-based information and technologies. Alicia L. Lustica, BCWERC