Top left photo: The Department of Education-CAR, Loakan Elementary School staff wearing the traditional Igorot costumes during their visit to the WWRRDEC facilities. Top right photo: A WWRRDEC staff giving a brief background of the office facilities. Bottom left photo: The tour at the Learning Ecopark for Advocating Resources and Nature (LEARN) which is being maintained by the WWRRDEC staff. Bottom right photo: A WWRRDEC staff introduces the official mascot “Shanum” to the visitors.

The ERDB- WWRRDEC welcomed its first group of visitors face-to-face from the Department of Education-CAR, Loakan Elementary School after more than two years of community lockdowns and restricted physical activities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 36 teaching and non-teaching staff toured the WWRRDEC facilities on April 29, 2022 as part of their activity to benchmark the different historical places in Loakan, Baguio City, of which they considered the WWRRDEC office as one. The benchmarking is in response to the school’s plan in making its curriculum culturally responsive to Indigenous People (IP) learners/pupils.

Ms. Estrella A. Patrimonio, Senior Science Research Specialist warmly welcomed the group, then later gave a brief introduction and background on the office mandates and functions. She proudly mentioned that the office and its Guesthouse are one of the historical buildings in the vicinity.

The WWRRDEC’s official mascot Shanum (Ibaloi term for water) was also introduced and was gleefully appreciated by the visitors.

Ms. Carissa C. Collado, Training Specialist I, toured the visitors around the vicinity, starting from the Learning Ecopark for Advocating Resources and Nature (LEARN) which showcases the orchid garden, medicinal and herbal garden, vegetable garden, a bamboo nursery, including the forest tree center and the guesthouse. At the same time, she gave a brief background of the facilities and answered queries from the participants.

Both parties are looking forward to establishing continuing partnerships for more upcoming activities in the future. Wearing their cultural attires, they enjoyed the tour with souvenir photos in selected areas in the office and its vicinities. Chamanel C. Elias, WWRRDEC

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