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WWRRC – Region 1 Ecosystems Research Center (San Fernando City, La Union)

MISSION: To provide relevant WATER AND WATERSHED RESOURCES technology and information through research towards sustainability and enhanced productivity of the natural resources and protection of the environment for the improvement of the quality of life of the Filipino people.


The Rationalization Plan of the DENR called for the creation of the Watershed and Water Resources Research Center (WWRRC) under the auspices of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau. It was created by merging the Research Service of four (4) DENR Regional Offices of Regions 1, 2, 3 and the Cordillera Administrative Region. WWRRC is based on the former DENR-ERDS Office in Loakan, Baguio City with its Research Stations located in the three (3) regions.

Consistent with the DENR’s mandate to be the driving force in the pursuit of sustainable development, and in enabling stakeholder participation in the conservation, protection and rehabilitation of the Region’s environment and natural resources, the Region 1 Ecosystems Research Station (R1ERS) is committed to develop ENR research and development technologies on water and watershed resources of Region 1. Moreover, the Station is also the frontline for the extension of sustainable water and watershed resources technologies to the various stakeholder public.


WATERSHEDS OF REGION 1

Region 1 has 22 priority watersheds and 13 sub-watersheds in the four provinces of the region. The priority watersheds of region 1 cover an approximate area of 906,178.12 hectares. Seven (7) of the 22 priority watersheds in the region are found in Ilocos Norte; six (6) are in Ilocos Sur; four (4) are in La Union, (including Amburayan River Watershed which is shared by both the provinces of La Union and Ilocos Sur); and six (6) in Pangasinan. The following tables list the priority watersheds in the Region:

Relative Location

Watershed

Municipalities Covered

Area in Hectares

 wwrrcmap2  1. Bamban and  Baruyen Watershed Burgos, Pasuquin, Bangui

13,834.94

2. Pasuquin River Watershed Pasuquin, Burgos, Vintar

4,267.96

3. Bolo River Watershed Adams, Dumalneg, Bangui and Pagudpud

21,410.36

4. Vintar River Watershed Adams, Bangui, Vintar, Bacarra, Pasuquin, Dumalneg and Carasi

63,755.34

5. Laoag River Basin San Nicolas, Sarrat, Piddig, Solsona, Banna, Dingras, Marcos, Nueva Era, Carasi, Vintar, Laoag City

138,559.93

6. Quiaoit River Watershed Batac, Paoay, and Sarrat

18,004.33

7. Badoc River Watershed Nueva Era, Pinili, Badoc

19,070.63

Total Area  

278,903.49

Table 1. Priority Watersheds in Ilocos Norte

Relative Location

Watershed

Municipalities Covered

Area in Hectares

 wwrrcmap2 1. Bamban and  Baruyen Watershed Burgos, Pasuquin, Bangui

13,834.94

2. Pasuquin River Watershed Pasuquin, Burgos, Vintar

4,267.96

3. Bolo River Watershed Adams, Dumalneg, Bangui and Pagudpud

21,410.36

4. Vintar River Watershed Adams, Bangui, Vintar, Bacarra, Pasuquin, Dumalneg and Carasi

63,755.34

5. Laoag River Basin San Nicolas, Sarrat, Piddig, Solsona, Banna, Dingras, Marcos, Nueva Era, Carasi, Vintar, Laoag City

138,559.93

6. Quiaoit River Watershed Batac, Paoay, and Sarrat

18,004.33

7. Badoc River Watershed Nueva Era, Pinili, Badoc

19,070.63

Total Area  

278,903.49

Table 2. Priority Watersheds in Ilocos Sur

Relative Location

Watershed

Municipalities Covered

Area in Hectares

 wwrrcmap4 1. Amburayan River Watershed (La Union Side) Sudipen, Santol, San Gabriel, and Bangar

19,922.18

2. Baroro River Watershed Bacnotan, San Gabriel, Santol, Bagulin and San Juan 19,063.07
3. Naguilian River Watershed Naguilian, Bauang, Burgos, Bagulin, and San Fernando City

22,559.74

4. Aringay River Watershed Aringay, Tubao, Pugo, Sto. Tomas, Caba, Naguilian and part of Benguet Province

28,890.61

Total Area

 

90,435.60

Table 3. Priority Watersheds of La Union

Relative Location

Watershed Municipalities Covered Area in hectares
 wwrrcmap5 1. Toboy-Tacnien watershed Sison, San Manuel, Binalonan, Urdaneta, Sta. Barbara, Calasiao and Dagupan City, Laoac, Villasis, Malasique, Manaoag 45,801.62
2. Bued Watershed La Union side: Pugo, Rosario, Sto. Tomas, La Union

Pangasinan side:

Sison, Pozzorubio, San Jacinto, San Fabian

16,920.66
3. Alaminos River Watershed Sual, Mabini, and Alaminos City

20,145.06

4. Balincaguin River Watershed Mabini, Agno, Burgos, Dasol, Infanta, Sual and Labrador 39,995.36
5. Nayom Infanta and Sta. Cruz, Zambales  22,886.14
6. Lower Agno River Labrador, Lingayen, Binmaley, Bugallon, Aguilar, Mangatarem, Urbiztondo, Calasiao, Sta. Barbara,Malasiqui, Basista, Bayambang, Bautista, Alcala, Sto. Tomas, Binalonan, Villasis, Asingan, San Manuel, San Nicolas, Tayug, Natividad, Sta. Maria, Balungao, San Quintin, Umingan 260,445.03

Total Area

  406,193.87

Table 4. Priority Watersheds in Pangasinan


WATERSHED AND WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

In support of DENR’s primary mandate, six (6) studies and two (2) programs are currently being implemented by the R1ERS. The six studies are cascaded components of the national watershed program funded and initiated by the ERDB through the WWRRC. The following table lists the studies being conducted in the Region:

Title  Coverage Project Leaders
Research and Development
1. Hazard Analysis of Sta. Maria Watershed

Sta. Maria, Burgos, Lidlidda, and San Emilio in Ilocos Sur

Lani P. Simeon

2. Phytoremediation of Marusay River

Calasiao, Pangasinan

Darwin A. Ablang
3. Performance of Selected Reforestation Species in the Rehabilitation of Selected Degraded Watersheds

Tadao, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte

Lani P. Simeon
4. Determination of Carbon Sequestration of Narra (Pterocarpusindicus) in Aringay Watershed

Aringay, La Union

Remedios O. Ridual

5. Tree-cutting Policy and Health Assessment of Selected Tree Species along the Manila North Road (Pozorrubio to Urdaneta City, Pangasinan)

Pozzorubio, Binalonan and Urdaneta in Pangasinan

Estrella E. Patrimonio

6. Policy Review of Conflicting Policies for Sustainable Watershed Management

Natividad, Pangasinan

Camilo C. Domingo, Jr.

Technology Transfer and Extension Program
1. Client-based Technology Transfer and Extension Services for Environment and Natural Resources

Regionwide

Marizel L.C. Calpito

National Greening Program
1. Production of Quality Planting Materials

Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte

Aguilar, Pangasinan

Santiago, Ilocos Sur

Remedios O. Ridual
Table 5. List of Studies/Programs Conducted by R1ERS

PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION

The implementation of R & D and TTES during the first semester of 2015 was wrought with challenges brought about birth pains of an organization that is under transition towards a rationalized structure. There were no clear and concise manual of approvals and authority for the Center operations resulting in logistical bottlenecks in the implementation of the R & D and TTES activities.

Despite these constraints, best efforts were exerted by the staff under the guidance of the Acting Director of the WWRRC. Series of leveling off workshops were undertaken to explain and discuss the R & D and TTES programs to be pursued by the Center and tasks were assigned to the various personnel to ensure that the program targets will be accomplished.


The R&D studies conducted were highlighted by the following:

1. Hazard Analysis of Sta. Maria Watershed

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Vegetational assessment of riparian area of Sta. Maria Watershed in San Emilio, Ilocos

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Water quality monitoring of Cabaroan River in San Emilio, Ilocos Sur
2. Phytoremediation of Parongking River In Pangasinan wwrrcf3

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Parongking River water sampling
3. Performance of Selected Reforestation Species in the Rehabilitation of Vintar

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Production of Kawayan Bayog (Bambusa sp.1) for use in the study treatments

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Determination of boundaries and lay out of the study area
4. Determination of Carbon Sequestration of Narra (Pterocarpus indicus) Within Aringay Watershed

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Identified Narra (Pterocarpus indicus) trees as samples for the study
5. Tree cutting Policy and Health Assessment of Selected Tree Species in Selected Watersheds in the Region

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Girdled trees in Urdaneta recommended for cutting
6. Policy Review of Conflicting Policies for Sustainable Watershed Management

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One of the sourced out references for the retrieval of policies relative to watershed management

TTES

The fundamental challenge of the TTES program of the WWRRC is how to bring to the fold of sustainable water and watershed resources management the various target stakeholder publics of the technologies generated by the ERDS/ERDB. For the first semester of 2015, the strategy employed included the following: strengthening of previously established technology demonstration areas; “piggy-backing strategy” in the conduct of activities; and stakeholder analyses to determine entry points for technology extension services.

Maintenance of Established Techno Demo Sites

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Coaching on the established Poles Per Year Bamboo Harvesting Technology Demo Site was done to strengthen technology adoption by cooperators in Barangay Abut, San Fernando City, La Union.

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To encourage more adopters of the Bamboo PoPeYe Technology, a cross-visit of bamboo technology cooperators from Barangay Cabarsican (also in San Fernando City, La Union) to Barangay Abut PoPeYe Demo Area was organized to orient them on sustainable way of harvesting bamboo poles
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Techno Forum, Media Conference, Exhibit wwrrcf13
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Using the piggy-backing strategy, the TTES targets for the 1st and 2nd Quarter were conducted in conjunction with DENR Regional Office 1 activities, specifically the Gender and Development activities during the Women’s Month Celebration. It made possible the implementation of targets despite the resource constraints. The mature Bamboo Technologies generated by the ERDS/ERDB were presented in the Technology Forum on Sustainable ENR livelihood technologies organized by TTES in tandem with the DENR Regional Office 1 Gender and Development activity for the Women’s Month Celebration. The National Greening Program People’s Organizations all over the region were the target audiences for the dissemination of Bamboo Technologies which are relevant to the bamboo-rich Ilocos Region. To encourage stakeholder empowerment in the rehabilitation efforts in the watershed areas, they were given participation spaces in the Technology Forum, media Conference, and in the Livelihood Exhibits where they were able to sell their products.
Conduct of Stakeholder Analysis

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Stakeholder analysis was done to determine ENR technology needs of the target clients. Before ENR technologies are packaged and disseminated, this activity was done to determine the entry points for technology extension services.
During the Bamboo Techno Forum, a stakeholder analysis was conducted to determine their technology needs. During the Techno Forum, one of the needs identified is the lack of access to financial resources for ENR investment projects. In response to the need, the TTES organized an ENR Investment forum for Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur and Lidlidda, Ilocos Sur where the Small Business Corporation, an attached office of the Department of Trade and Industry, was invited to assist the people’s organization and the LGU in accessing financing resources for their ENR projects.The Investment Meeting conducted for the LGUs of Sto. Domingo and Lidlidda, Ilocos Sur resulted in the initial identification of ENR programs to be enrolled by said LGUs in the Small Business Corporation Financing Programs.
Production of IEC Materials

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Fact sheets, ENR Fans and Comics were drafted as IEC materials for the dissemination of Technology Information, Product and Process. The drafted IEC materials underwent pre-testing before production

FACILITIES

To complement the watershed rehabilitation, reforestation efforts and programs of the DENR and other stakeholder partners, four (4) nursery facilities were established and maintained to produce quality planting materials. Likewise, an experimental forest was also maintained in Tadao, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte. The PFDPIN Experimental forest covers an area of 3,867 hectares. The following table shows the nursery facilities in of WWRRC-R1ERS.

Relative  Location Facility Location Production as of June 2015 (in thousands)
 wwrrcmap6 1. Bucana Nursery Parparoroc, Vintar, Ilocos Norte

13,956

2. Pagdalagan Nursery Pagdalagan, Bauang, La Union

11,732

3. Aguilar Nursery Laoag, Aguilar, Pangasinan

14,276

4. Manleluag Spring Protected Landscape Clonal Nursery Malabobo, Mangatarem, Pangasinan

13,468

Table 6. Nursery Facilities of WWRRC R1ERS


Nurseries

1. MSPL Nursery, Malabobo, Mangatarem, Pangasinan wwrrcf19
2. Aguilar Nursery, Laoag, Aguilar, Pangasinan wwrrcf20
3.  Pagdalagan Nursery, Pagdalagan Sur, Bauang, La Union wwrrcf21
4. Bucana Nursery, So. Bucana, Parparoroc, Vintar, Ilocos Norte wwrrcf22

R1ERS MANPOWER COMPLEMENT

The Research Station based in San Fernando, City, La Union is manned by eleven (11) technical personnel complemented by fifteen (15) contractual personnel. The following is the manpower profile of the R1ERS personnel:

Name

Position

Educational Background

PERMANENT    
 1. Simeon, Lani P SRS II/Acting Head BSForestry; MS Units in Agroforestry
 2. Domingo, Camilo Jr. C Sr. SRS BS Agric; MS, PhD in Agric. Educ.
 3. Calpito, Marizel Libertine C. Sr. SRS BS Fisheries, MDA, DDA units
 4. Ridual, Remedios O. Sci. Res. Spclst.  I BS Agroforestry; MDA
 5. Patrimonio, Estrella E. Sci. Res. Spclst.  II BS Agric; MDA
 6. Ablang, Darwin Sci. Res. Analyst BS Forestry
 7. Ganialongo, Joan Admin Aide IV BS Accountancy
 8. Abad, Bonifacio Farm Foreman Cert. in Forest Technician
 9. Anacta, Flora Sci. Res. Aide BS Fisheries
 10. Garcia, Generoso Admin. Aide I Mass Communication
 11. Peralta, Yvonne Admin Aide IV Junior Secretarial
CONTRACTUAL    
 1. Gagto, Angelito Forester I BS Agroforetry
 2. Ruda, Eric Laborer Forest Ranger
 3. Bersalona, Rio Science Research Technician I BS Forestry undergrad
 4. Egalla, Sharmaine Science Research Technician II BS Agroforestry
 5. Mauricio, Mary Ann Science Aide BS Info Management
 6. Dela Cruz, Merlita Laborer HS grad
 7. Briones, Ian Laborer Vocational (Electronics)
 8. Visperas, Dante Laborer HS grad
 9. Lucero, Elmer Laborer HS grad
 10. Budeng, Bonie Research Aide BS Forestry
 11. Salibad, Mark Anthony Research Aide BS Forestry
 12. Bustinera, Argie Research Aide BS Forestry
 13. Palacio, Joffrey Research Aide BS Agroforestry
 14. Agtang, Daryll Laborer HS grad
 15. Nartates, Perfecto Laborer HS grad