Helen A. Maddumba, the former Assistant Center Head of WWRRC, succeeded the leadership in Watershed and Water Resources Research Center (WWRRC) since the recall of Dr. Carlos S. Arida, Sr., to PENRO Benguet.

Special Order No. 280 signed by ERDB Director Dr. Henry A. Adornado effected the designation of Ms. Maddumba as the new Center Head of WWRRC starting June 1, 2018.

During the turnover ceremony held on June 11, 2018, Ms. Maddumba gratefully and humbly accepted the responsibilities as the new head of the said office. In her speech, she assured everyone that she can manage the office well with the learnings and experiences she acquired from her previous superiors and from her previous assignments.

While Dr. Carlos S. Arida, Sr., the former Center Head of WWRRC, now the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Benguet, expressed his gratitude to WWRRC personnel for their support during his term as head. Some of the projects completed during his administration in WWRRC are the renovation of WWRRC Building, the construction of Northern Luzon Forest Tree Seed Center, and the establishment of Soil and Water Laboratory Buildings. Dr. Arida is also the first designated Center Head of WWRRC since the clustering of Ecosystems Research and Development Service of four DENR Regions Offices (R1, R2, R3, and CAR) happened in 2015.

On top of the management policies of Ms. Maddumba is the strict compliance to the timeliness, completeness, and consistency of any document for submission. She also wanted to have Bible studies during break time.

Minor change in the set-up of WWRRC’s organizational structure was also imposed. Ms. Marizel Libertine C. Calpito, former Administrative, Finance and Management Section (AFMS) Chief, was designated as the Research and Development (R&D) Section Chief. While, Dr. Camilo C. Domingo, Jr., former Special Project Section (SPS) Chief, replaced Ms. Calpito as the AFMS Chief. Forester Luciano C. Bato, former Head of Processing Unit of Forest Tree Seed Center (FTSC), moved higher as SPS Chief.

For 2018, Center Head Maddumba will be leading the implementation of three major programs/projects of WWRRC which include Research and Development Project, Technology Transfer and Extension Services and Special Project. She will also be supervising the conduct of a locally-funded study under the Foreign-Assisted Project Office (FASPO) Fund entitled “Green Livelihood Technologies for Poverty Alleviation and Watershed Rehabilitation”. Sharmaine L. Egalla, WWRRC