Photo Releases

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (left) welcomes the candidates of the Miss Philippines Earth 2019 during a recent courtesy call at his office in Quezon City. ###

Dr. Felizardo D. Virtucio (3rd from left), former assistant director of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), assisted by Ms. Veronica Sinohin, chief of the Technology Transfer Division, leads the unveiling of his book, “Bamboo Production and Management” (inset) during its launch at the First Annual Technical Seminar held at the ERDB lobby in LosBaños, Laguna on Monday, June 17, 2019. Also in photoare other ERDB technical staff, namely (L-R): Forester FloritaSiapno, Ms. MarcelinaPacho, and Dr.Lucena Mercado. ###

Ms. Chona Tura (right photo), senior science research specialist at Coastal, Resources and Ecotourism Research, Development and Extension Center (CRERDEC), presents her study on the biodiversity profile and carrying capacity of the Lamanoc Island Mystic and Mangrove Tours in Bohol. Tura presented the study during the First Annual Technical Seminar organized by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) in Los Banos, Laguna on Monday, June 17, 2019. She recommends that the current efforts in the conservation, management, and protection of mangrove, terrestrial, and coastal resources in the island must be strengthened and sustained. ###

ERDB’sSupervising Science Research Specialist FloritaSiapnopresents her study on the phytoremediationof small-scale gold mining areas in Paracale, Camarines Norteduring the First Annual Technical Seminar held at the ERDB Auditorium in Los Baños, Laguna on Monday, June 17, 2019. Phytoremediation is “an economicaland sustainable technology to clean up contaminated mining areas and restore its immediate ecosystem using living plants. Among Siapno’s recommendations relating to phytoremediation includethe use of existing native tree species in the area to spur rehabilitation and fern species to cover the bare areas along riverbanks.”###

Supervising Science Research Specialist Jose Isidro Michael T. Padin of ERDB’s Coastal Zone and Freshwater Ecosystems Research Division (CZFERD) presents the result of the Manila Bay Vulnerability Assessment Study during the First Annual Technical Seminar held at the ERDB Auditorium in Los Baños, Laguna on Monday, June 17, 2019. Padin said that based on the study, it was found out that Manila Bay “is not all dead, but is in dire need of rehabilitation” because it still hosts a variety of ecosystems, such as mangrove forests, coral reefs, fish communities, and other marine lifeforms. Among the recommendations Padinpresented in the seminar calls for the reforestation of abandoned fishponds and sparsely vegetated mangrove forests, and proper maintenance and protection of the remaining mangrove stands, particularly those “in the highly urbanized areas of Manila and Bulacan.” ###