Left photo: Ms. Adreana Santos-Remo, Supervising Science Research Specialist, discussing the functions, programs and services of UBRDEC. Right Photo: Group photo of students from Sacred Heart College, Lucena City during the study cum exposure tour.

With the aim to engage the youth to take action in protecting the environment, more than 30 students from Sacred Heart College, Lucena City visited the Urban and Biodiversity Research Development and Extension Center (UBRDEC) in Sitio Fori, Brgy. Talipan, Pagbilao, Quezon. The Grade 10, 11 and 12 students explored the different facilities of the Center for another learning experience including the Clonal Propagation, Research and Development (R&D) Extension, Library, Forest Tree Seed Center, and Soil and Water Laboratory. Staff and researchers of UBRDEC explained the services offered in each facility.

Ms. Adreana Santos-Remo, Supervising Science Research Specialist, provided a briefing on UBRDEC’s initiatives, projects and completed studies such as the Carrying Capacity of the Puerto Princesa Underground River, Market Chain Analysis of Selected Non-Timber Forest Products for Equitable Revenue Distribution, Carrying Capacity Assessment of Puerto Galera, and Development of Pagbilao Mangrove Experimental Forest. The participants learned the process of macro-somatic clonal propagation technique, R&D programs, Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials, seed processing, and use of laboratory equipment. They also shared insights on how to preserve and save the environment.

Left photo: Hands-on workshop of students in the Forest Tree Seed Center. Right photo: Students determining the process on macro-somatic clonal propagation technique.
Left photo: Teachers from Sacred Heart College, Lucena City receiving the certificates from UBRDEC Right photo: Students visiting the Soil and Water Laboratory with Mr. Ronwell Pineda, Laboratory Technician III.

The Study cum Exposure Tour, “Innovating for Sustainable Ecosystems and Empowering the Heirs of the Earth,” of UBRDEC calls every individual, especially the youth, to take action and be part of saving the environment. Jamila Monette B. Balmeo, UBRDEC