Left photo: The WWRRDEC participants (from left to right) For. Darwin A. Ablang, WWRRDEC Center Head Dr. Helen A. Maddumba and Ms. Glady Mae V. Vijandre. Right photo: For. Darwin A. Ablang presenting the WWRRDEC’s project on artificial groundwater recharge.

The ERDB-WWRRDEC joined the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in launching  two programs at the Venus Parkview Hotel in Baguio City on June 08, 2021.

These two programs were titled “Ensuring Water Security and Climate-Resilience for Mountain Indigenous Communities of the Cordillera through Technology-Enhanced Decision Support Tools”, and “Program Boondock: A Mountain Engineering Center Towards Sustainable Infrastructure and Upland Water Security”.

The ERDB-WWRRDEC project titled “Development of Artificial Groundwater Recharge Facility for Flood and Drought Mitigation” which was included in the second program was funded under the DOST-NRCP Basic Research Program, and the DOST-PCIEERD NICER Program.

The Program Boondock aims to enhance the industrial competitiveness of the Cordilleras in the field of agriculture, tourism, and mobility through mountain engineering solutions and promote social and human development through upland water security, and environmental sustainability.

DOST regional officials and staff, project implementers, representatives from partner Local Government Units (LGU), and media attended the said event.

High ranking officials from the DOST Central Office, NRCP, PCIEERD, and other Program Partners from the LGUs and academe also joined the program through online platform.

For. Darwin A. Ablang of WWRRDEC presented the project on artificial groundwater recharge during the launching program.

Also, Center Head Helen A. Maddumba signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) together with the other contracting parties to formalize their support and commitment to the program.

A press conference culminated the launching program to disseminate program information to the public and other stakeholder groups. Glady Mae V. Vijandre/Darwin A. Ablang, WWRRDEC