The Mining and Degraded Areas Rehabilitation Research Center (MDARRC) conducted an In-House Review of On-going and Completed Projects/Studies on July 5-6, 2017 at Molave Hotel, Tagum City, Davao del Norte to evaluate all on-going and recently completed projects/studies of the Center which was attended by its twenty-one technical and support staff.

Five ongoing RDE studies under the projects on Generation and Transfer of Technologies to Rehabilitate Degraded Ancestral Domain, Multiple-Use Zone in Protected Area and Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) Area and Generation and Transfer of Technologies to Rehabilitate Mined-Out Areas, three projects under Client-Based Technology Transfer and Extension Services for Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Management, one special project and two completed studies under the project on Generation and Transfer of Technologies to Rehabilitate Degraded Mangrove Areas were presented and evaluated.

Also presented during the two-day activity was status report on the maintenance of Seed Production Areas (SPA) and Individual Plus Trees (IPT) Sites in regions XI and XII and the Production of Quality Planting Materials (PQPM) under the National Greening Program (NGP).

Serving as evaluators were Dr. Ma. Lourdes Q. Moreno, Rosemarie P. Lansigan, For. Digno C. Garcia and Ann Valerie V. Gillardo of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB). Also with them were OIC-Chief Marie Abbie Gail L. Dela Cueva, Alvin Olvida and Jonathan Alexander Galang of the ERDB- Planning and Management Information Services Unit (PMISU).

Dr. Moreno, chairperson of the panel of evaluators, encouraged the MDARRC researchers to focus more on preparing research proposals that are in line with the Center’s area of excellence. She further encouraged the Center to intensify its IEC activities in all projects/studies to enhance MDARRC’s visibility and credibility and to promote and disseminate research-based information to encourage utilization of various ERDB-MDARRC technologies.

Meanwhile, MDARRC Center Head Alma S. Uddin took the opportunity to thank the evaluators for sharing their expertise and knowledge to improve the implementation of the projects/studies towards its aim as the Center of Excellence. She further challenged MDARRC researchers to identify more researchable areas related to the Center’s area of excellence for future undertakings and to really put their best foot forward.

On the second day of the activity, evaluators, study leaders and some technical staff visited the two study sites in Compostela Valley province for the studies on the Generation and Transfer of Technologies to Rehabilitate CBFM Area and Generation and Transfer of Technologies to Rehabilitate Mine-Waste Area. The field visit aimed to monitor and offer first-hand observation of the study sites.

The in-house review of on-going and completed projects/studies is held annually to determine the progress of newly approved, ongoing and completed RDE programs and projects in terms of activities undertaken relative to the attainment of objectives and expected outputs and to identify problems met during the implementation and recommend specific courses of action. Jethrone M. Setenta, MDARRC