Los Baños, Laguna – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) holds year-end assessment via Zoom on December 17, 2021. ERDB Director Dr. Henry Adornado welcomed the employees from all over the country and congratulated them for a year of hard work in pursuing ERDB’s mandate in spite of the struggles brought by the pandemic.

Undersecretary for Legal Administration Human Resources and Legislative Affairs Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr. shared an inspirational message where he highlighted the innate tenacity of Filipinos to push through various difficulties despite all the physically, mentally, and emotionally draining year. He also challenged everyone “to be more responsive in creating solutions for the present and future environmental concerns we are facing, and we will face. Let us not waste our God-given talents and knowledge but let us it to provide a greener environment to our future generations.”

Undersecretary and Chief of Staff of the Department Rodolfo Garcia also gave an inspirational message where he acknowledged the research efforts and initiatives of the Bureau behind the scenes as the research arm of the department. He highlighted the number of bamboo projects pursued by ERDB in addressing reforestation and rehabilitation efforts.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu also delivered a message to honor the major ERDB not  but especially for national development, environmental protection, and ecological sustainability – all of these had been fulfilled despite the hurdles caused by the pandemic. The Secretary emphasized the crucial role of ERDB in conducting carrying capacity assessments, research activities on natural resources conservation and development, and extension programs and projects.

“ERDB has always been the source of science-based information in the Department. I commend you for the significant knowledge products that you produced including the technical assessment and packaging protocol, continuous publications of Sylvatrop, DENR’s official technical journal, Canopy International, and many others.”

In 2021, 6 clonal nurseries were maintained, over 98,000 quality planting materials of indigenous forest tree species were produced, over 20 hectares were planted, 120 hectares maintained and protected, over 200 tons of Hi-Q VAM 1 distributed to DENR regional offices, 100 mycorrhizal inoculants produced, and 19 seed protocols developed.