The Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 12 was created pursuant to Section 20   of Executive Order No. 192 (1987)   otherwise known as the Reorganization Act of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. This Office is headed by a Regional Technical Director and under the Regional Executive Director. The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), one of DENR’s staff bureaus which supervises and coordinates all technological researches undertaken by field offices (ERDS), assess and translates all recommendable findings, and disseminate such findings for all possible users and clientele. The ERDS, being the research arm of DENR Regional Office, is mandated to provide technical assistance to the different service sectors of the region by conducting researches for appropriate technologies recommended for various projects.

The table below shows the RDE activities. 







Survey of bamboo stands and establishment of national/regional database of economically important     bamboo resources in the Philippines

Cotabato and

Sultan Kudarat

On going






 Tree improvement program for indigenous and endangered species


On going






Biosafety and Biosecurity Measures for the conservation and Management of Biodiversity


On going






Biosecurity measures for the protection of biodiversity from invasive alien species 


On going






 Regional Clonal Nursery

The Regional Clonal Nursery of Region 12 is within the 100-hectare experimental forest of the Cotabato Provincial Forest and Ecotourism Park, AmasKidapawan City. It is where naturally-growing native tree species are found like white lauan, red lauan, bagtikan, dao,etc  as sources of seeds for the production of high quality seedlings.

The clonal nursery is 1.5 kilometers from the Provincial Capitol of Cotabato and 15 kilometers away from the Kidapawan City Hall. 

It has a state-of-the-art Rooting Chambers, Recovery Shed, Potting Shed and Hardening Area with a total production capacity of 175, 000 clone seedlings per year.  A clone seedling is the exact copy of the original individual tree.




In line with the directive of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to strengthen the department's frontline services, a total of 40 employees from DENR 12 field offices are currently undertaking the six-day Environment and Natural Resources Basic Course being conducted by the agency in General Santos City.

The purpose of the activity is to equip the employees with the basic knowledge and deeper understanding about the DENR. It also aims to impart knowledge on the various programs, projects and environmental laws being implemented by the department.

Resource persons are ARD for Management Services Donna Mayor-Gordove, CESO IV, EMB XII Regional Director Engr. Alex D. Jimenez, Planning and Management Division Chief Shirley P. Uy, Enforcement Division Chief Forester Dirie P. Macabaning, Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division Chief Emily B. Ampatuan, PENRO Cotabato Technical Services Division Chief Dr. Cesar Guevarra, Atty. Adjuria K. Kansi, DMO IV Elmer S. Mercado, Forester Pinky Maglasang, Engr. Franciso C. Mancera, MGB XII's Engr. Hernani Abdon and Vilma F. Nitura from ERDB-ARDEC. (MMMaulana) | Photos by: RJEbita

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