Los Baños, Laguna – The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau officially closed its celebration of the Philippine Environment Month on June 30, 2022, via Zoom and Facebook Live. It was participated by researchers, staff, and other employees of ERDB from the Main Office and the Research, Development, and Extension Centers (RDECs) across the country.
In her opening remarks, ERDB Director Maria Lourdes G. Ferrer, CESO III thanked the people who participated in ERDB’s activities and gave a quick rundown of the environment month activities of the bureau. She emphasized the importance of collective action in conserving and protecting the natural resources of our only planet Earth.
“It is all we have. That’s why since the establishment of the United Nations Environment Programme in 1972, we have been pushing for collective action towards conserving and protecting our natural resources,” stated Ferrer. She also mentioned that ERDB, as the primary research arm of the DENR, has always been active in taking action for the environment.
Mr. Juan B. Ebora, Chief of TTD, then presented the highlights of the ERDB environment month activities, mentioning that the bureau is always on the front line regarding promoting innovative ways of doing research, development, and extension towards various ENR concerns.
The highlight of the closing ceremony was the announcement and awarding of the digital short filmmaking contest winners. Presented by ERDB Youth Desk Officers Allysa Marie Federio and Aaron Abel Banayo, the grand prize was awarded to Prince Jairo Paglinawan for his animation film titled “Ang Kotseng de paa ni Pepe at Kaloy.” The people’s choice award was given to the film titled “Unfriend,” directed by Prince Loy Beserio. Other awards such as the Best Performer, Director, and Best in Cinematography were awarded to Trisha Mae Fernandez for the film “Empowering Biodiversity through Youth-led Actions”, Tristan Buendia for his movie “Will”, and Fajer Ann Hutamares for the film “Wander” respectively. Upon announcing the winners, Ms. Federio stressed the power of the youth and their talents in shaping future generations by being the instruments of change for the betterment of the environment.
As a final message, ERDB Assistant Director For. Mayumi Quintos-Natividad pointed out that while we are nearing the period where environmental issues will be irreversible, we must not forget that no action is too small nor no person is too young or weak to take part in protecting and rehabilitating the planet. She expressed her hope that the month-long celebration of the environment month will be the start of the life-long commitment of the participants to being stewards of the environment.
“Sa maliit man o malaking paraan, ipagpatuloy natin ang sama-samang pag-aksyon para sa ating natatanging mundo!” Cheriwinkle Lego, TTD