The zoom participants of the 1st ERDB Management Conference

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) held this year’s 1st Management Conference on 16-17 March 2021 via Zoom platform to assess the Bureau’s progress and status in terms of attainment of objectives, targets, and deliverables of projects and discuss important concerns relative to its operations.

Per Special Order No. 62 dated 05 March 2021, a total of 72 staff and selected employees comprising of the Executive Committee, Section Chiefs from the Main Office and Research Centers, and Planning Officers attended the activity which was organized by the Planning and Information and Communications Technology Division (PICTD).

In his welcome message, ERDB Director, Dr.  Henry A. Adornado stated that the management conference was an opportunity to address issues confronting the Bureau brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Director Adornado stressed the need for “each and every one to be very careful especially those in the field located in hotspot areas.”

He reinforced adherence to safety and health protocols and proper coordination with local government offices.

Moreover, the Director enjoined everyone to actively participate during the 2-day activity. Director Adornado also emphasized that amidst the pandemic, “We may encounter challenges everyday but we also do not run out of solutions.”

The following agenda items were discussed during the 2-day conference: updates on the agreements reached during the Regular Executive Committee meeting on 15 February 2021 and RC’s meeting on 11 February 2021; updates on the Marching Orders of the Secretary and e-NGP; Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) Indicators for FY 2021; FY 2021 RDE projects; results of M&E Activity Conducted by Main Office Divisions; ERDB Quality Management System updates; and administrative concerns.

ERDB Assistant Director Mayumi Quintos-Natividad presented the Way Forward which highlighted excellence amidst challenges.

Specifically, the following were covered: prioritization of employees’ wellness; compliance to special instructions; meeting of targets and deliverables; progress tracking; ensuring quality; and provision of inputs and/or resources. Ma. Abigail V. Bautista, PICTD