The year 2017 marked the 30th Anniversary of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB). The ERDB was created in June 1987 under the Executive Order 192 that merged the function of the then Forest Research Institute (FORI) and the National Mangrove Committee. Through the years, it has developed relevant researches and extension services, provided appropriate technology and information to enhance productivity and sustainability of natural resources and protection of the environment for the improvement of quality of life of the Filipinos.

For this year’s celebration the ERDB recognized its ENR technology adopters and partners who have been part of this milestone. The ERDB through the Technology Transfer Division (TTD) prepared activities for the 2-day event. On December 11, 2017 the ERDB key officials and rank-and-file employees joined the Monday morning program at the DENR Central Office, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City followed by the ribbon cutting of the ERDB exhibit at the DENR lobby led by ERDB Director, Dr. Henry A. Adornado.

On the same day, a symposium was held at the Air Quality Management Training Center (AQMTC) of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Quezon City wherein three (3) technology adopters presented and shared their experiences and success stories on the ENR technology that they have adopted from the ERDB. The three adopters were; CELYO Inc. on Clonal Propagation Technology in Tuguegarao City; Balaring Mangrove Planters Association (BAMPA) on Mangrove Forestation with Talaba Culture in Barangay Balaring, Silay City, Negros Occidental and Mr. Antonio Dominao on Bamboo Propagation using branch cuttings in Impalutao, Bukdinon.

Thirty (30) ENR technology adopters from the six (6) research centers were recognized during the second day of the activity on December 12, 2017 which was held at the 2nd floor, conference room of the DENR office. Five (5) ENR technology adopters under the supervision of Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) were recognized which are the following; Balaring Mangrove Planters Association (BAMPA) on Mangrove Forestation with Talaba Culture in Barangay Balaring, Silay City, Negros Occidental, Kalibo, Save the Mangrove Association (KASAMA) on Charcoal Briquetiing in New Buswang, Kalibo Aklan, Katilingban sang Pumuluyo nga naga Atipan sa Watershed sang Maasin on Bamboo Propagation and Plantation Establishment in Maasin, Iloilo, Camp 7 Non-Timber Planters Multi-Purpose Cooperative (C7NTMPC) on Bamboo Production, Clonal Nursery Management and Ecotourism Development in Camp 7, Minglanilla, Cebu and lastly, the Tikog Workers Association (TWA) on Tikog Plantation Establishment and Management. In addition to different peoples’ organization, the Municipal Mayor of Maasin, Iloilo, Hon. Mariano M. Malones was also recognized for his support of ERDB’s program and projects on Bamboo. The adopters received certificates, plaques of recognition and cash gifts and went home with a big smile and promised to continue their endeavor. Irish T. Azucena, BCWERC R6