Panelists and hosts during the Kapihan with Watershed and Environmental Management committee of CAR held on July 20, 2022

The ERDB-WWRRDEC, represented by Forester Chita A. Hidalgo, joined the Regional Directors of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in sharing information on the committee’s accomplishments and plans for promoting autonomy in the region during the live-streamed Kapihan on July 20, 2022.

The ERDB-WWRRDEC is a member of the Regional Development Council- Watershed and Environmental Management Sectoral Committee of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

For. Hidalgo highlighted the three ongoing projects and the four ongoing studies within the jurisdiction of the Regions. Four (4) of the completed projects were: Environmental Carrying Capacity of Baguio City, Biophysical Assessment of Selected Pine Forests in Benguet Province, Population Structure & Regeneration Status of Benguet Pine Forests in the Province of Benguet, and Comparative Analysis on the Production/Yield of Oleoresin Tapping Technology in Benguet Province.

In addition, the three (3) on-going projects include the GIS-based Forecasting Model for Early Detection of Potential Bark Beetles Outbreak in Disturbed and Undisturbed Benguet Pine Forest, Development of Artificial Groundwater Recharge Facility for Drought & flood Mitigation and the Science and Technology Action Frontline for Emergencies and Hazards (SAFE) for Forest fire in Watersheds in Bokod and Tublay Benguet using Maguey (Agave cantala) as Greenbelt.

The outcomes of these projects will be used as inputs in the region’s future environmental management plans.

For. Chita A. Hidalgo, Senior Science Research Specialist, sharing the research studies of WWRRDEC during the Kapihan on July 20, 2022

Aside from the existing projects of the agency which have great contributions to protecting the natural resources of the region.  DENR-CAR Regional Executive Director, Ralph C. Pablo highlighted some of the possible laws applicable to CAR in pursuit of equitable sharing of resources.

These include the collection of environmental users’ fees, and reclassification of land uses.

DENR-CAR Regional Executive Director Ralph C. Pablo, highlighted some potential laws that could be applied to CAR in an effort to achieve an equitable sharing of resources, in addition to the agency’s ongoing projects that make significant contributions to protecting the region’s natural resources.

These include reclassifying land uses and collecting environmental user fees.

Other panelists present were Regional Directors of EMB-CAR and MGB-CAR, Division Chiefs of DENR-CAR, and some NEDA-CAR representatives. Chita A. Hidalgo and Sharmaine L. Egalla/WWRRDEC