The management of the Watershed and Water Resources Research Center (WWRRC) held the turnover ceremony for its change of leadership on June 11, 2018 at WWRRC Hall, Loakan Road, Baguio City. Among the key officers who attended the said event are the newly seated ERDB Director, Dr. Sofio B. Quintana, ARDs for Technical and Management of DENR-CAR, For. Augusto Lagon and Atty. Cleo Sabado Andrada respectively. Other key personnel from DENR Regional Office-CAR, PENRO Benguet, CENRO Baguio and WWRRC also attended the ceremony.

Outgoing Center Director Dr. Carlos S. Arida, Sr. formally turned over the key of responsibilities to Ms. Helen A. Maddumba, as the new WWRRC Executive by virtue of Special Order No. 280 signed by Dr. Henry A. Adornado. Dr. Arida takes the seat as PENR Officer of PENRO Benguet from For. Julio Lopez.

Center Head Maddumba shortly headed the Ecosystems Research and Development Section as OIC-Regional Technical Director during the initial stage of rationalization in 2014 and later held the post of Assistant Center Head and concurrently as Chief of Research and Development Section of WWRRC. Prior to this, CH Maddumba held key positions of the ERDS as Planning Officer and Chief of Technology Transfer Division.

In Dr. Arida’s message he enjoined the WWRRC employees to give the full support to Ms. Maddumba. He also encouraged the WWRRC personnel to take positively whatever assignment assigned to them. “Always think of initiatives” he added.

In her acceptance message, Ms. Maddumba was enthusiastic that she will surely use her experiences and learnings from her previous superiors and assignments in managing the office. She also thanked Dr. Arida on his initiative to facilitate the approval of the Deed of Usufruct to secure the occupancy of the WWRRC under the Camp John Hay area jurisdiction. “Your all out support will be treasured” she also said. Criskim C. Parian