Updated: Jan 20
Duration: August 2021 - May 2022
The 1987 Philippine Constitution provides protection on one’s constitutional right to a healthy environment. As outlined in Section 16, Article II, the “state shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature.”
This basic Constitutional right is the backbone of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) which in turn puts emphasis on the important role of research in providing the Filipino people a sound and healthy environment and a science-based policy for equitable access to the country’s natural resources. This crucial task is one of the mandates of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB). It is to implement relevant research, development, and extension works and to provide appropriate technology and information towards a healthy environment and sustainable natural resources for an improved quality of life.
As the research arm of DENR, ERDB is tasked to provide technologies that would enhance productivity and sustainability of natural resources and protection of the environment for the improvement of the quality of life of the Filipinos. It focuses on five (5) major ecosystems: forests, upland farms, grassland and degraded areas, coastal zone, and freshwater, and urban areas.
Organizationally, ERDB is composed of the main office located at the Forestry Campus of UPLB and its six (6) Research, Development, and Extension Centers (RDECs) whose main function is to formulate, implement, and monitor and evaluate applied and action-oriented Environment and Natural Resources-Research, Development and Extension Programs/ Activities/ Projects (ENR-RDE-PAPs) on the watershed, water resources, lands, agroforestry, and upland farming systems, biodiversity, coastal areas, wetlands and ecotourism, mining and degraded areas, forests and timber resources and management of toxic and hazardous wastes.
CELPA, Inc. will formulate a technically sound, economically feasible, environmentally sustainable, timely, and relevant Master Plan for ERDB, supported with appropriate enabling mechanisms to guide the Bureau in implementing its programs/ projects/ activities.