The 2nd Extended Monthly Technical Seminar Series (MTSS) which is being facilitated by ERDB-TTD was held on February 26, 2018, at the ERDB auditorium. This activity serves as a venue in presenting research results/information on developed ENR technologies. Moreover, it provides a good opportunity for enhancing the researchers’ communication and presentation skills.

Two UTHRC personnel, Engr. Teresa S. Salanguit and Ms. Loreta R. Soriano, Supervising Science Research Specialist and Science Research Specialist II, respectively, presented the results of the two (2) completed studies under the RDE Program on Pollution Abatement through Integrated Management of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes in Highly Urbanized Areas during the said activity.

Mr. Angelito Exconde, Chief, Administrative and Financial Management Division welcomed the participants which included employees from the ERDB (Main Office and Research Centers), academe and representatives from the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB). In his welcome remarks, Mr. Exconde gave a brief introduction on the topics presented and the importance of the technologies.

In the presentation of Engr. Salanguit presented the results of her study on “Phytoremediation Schemes for Polluted Waterways and Waste Reservoir in Urban Areas”. The description of the study sites, methodology including the establishment of floating gardens and the species planted were presented. Furthermore, results on the amount of heavy metals absorbed by selected phytoremediation species were discussed thoroughly. On the other hand, Ms. Soriano presented the result of the study on “Application of Green Technologies to Brace Communities against Impacts of Urbanization.” In her paper, the different technologies being adopted in the National Capital Region like rainwater harvesting, solar energy, recycling and cost and benefit analysis were discussed.

An open forum followed after the two (2) paper presentations to entertain questions from the audience and responses from the presenters as well as some suggestions to improve the terminal reports. Lastly, appreciation was extended to the presenters for a job well done. UTHRC