The Watershed and Water Resources Research Center (WWRRC-ERDB) kicked off the celebration of the Environment Month with its successful inauguration of the Forest Tree Seed Center building on June 1, 2017 at its office in Loakan Road, Baguio City.

The event started with a blessing and dedication and was officiated by Pastor Evangeline R. Munda of the United Methodist Church followed by a ribbon cutting and program. Attendees to the celebration were key officials led by Regional Director Ralph C. Pablo of DENR-CAR, Mr. Angelito B. Exconde, Administrative Chief who represented ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado, Ms. Fatima T. Tangan, Bamboo Consultant and Ms. Helen A. Maddumba, WWRRC Asst. Center Head and all the research employees of said agency.

The inauguration of the 2-floor edifice which includes a Seed Tree Laboratory, Conference Room, Office of the Center Director, R & D Office, NGP Staff Room was historic considering that the WWRRC office is still making use of the old FORI (Forest Research Institute) building which was established sometime in 1976.

In the program that followed, RD Pablo lauded the efforts and initiatives of ERDB-WWRRC in coming up with a new building that will boost the morale of the employees as he underscored that there is a high correlation in attaining high morale of employees with that of a good working environment. He stated that this has been his guiding management principle in his previous assignments which led to his success as a manager.

“Conifer Research Center under the FORI from the 1970’s to 1980’s and now WWRRC was one of the best Research Centers that produced excellent researchers who became officials of the DENR”, stated Mr. Exconde as he challenged the new breed of researchers to excel in their own field of specialization and provide sterling service to clients and stakeholders.

WWRRC Assistant Center Head Ms. Helen A. Maddumba underscored “the need for the rehabilitation of the office which was built in the 1970’s, hence this new building signifies the start of the realization of our dream to work in a beautiful office”.

She announced to the staff that for 2018 to expect more blessings in 2018 and hopefully for another phase of rehabilitation of the old annex building. Likewise, she stressed that with the said accomplishment, she attributed and lauded the efforts of Dr. Carlos S. Arida, Sr. his many contributions in facilitating the establishment of the Forest Seed Tree building which has now been completed and will be used by the employees.

The Inauguration rites was capped with a Recognition Program to commend and reward four (4) deserving technical, support and contractual employees of WWRRC who demonstrated extra efforts and performance in their line of work as well as other attributes of being a model employee for 2016. Estrella E. Patrimonio/R1ERS-WWRRC