Research, Development and Extension Program of the Research Center

The Research, Development and Extension (RDE) program of MDARRC is focused on the generation and transfer of technologies that will improve productivity of land through amelioration of impoverished soil in mining areas, community-based forest management areas, ancestral domain areas, multiple-use zone in protected areas and mangrove areas. Moreover, the stability of environment in mining affected areas particularly mine waste areas which are contaminated with heavy metals will be reduced if not totally eliminated through the use of toxic metal accumulator plants. Further, the forest cover enhancement through conservation strategies is a priority objective.

Research, Development and Extension is an evolving process in whereby knowledge and technology are acquired through science and innovation. After which, the generated technologies through an effective extension network can facilitate the dissemination of the technology, or information and encourage change and innovation for end users, target beneficiaries and stakeholders for improved productivity, sustainability and competitiveness of the forestry and agricultural sector. For R and D to be useful, research results must be extended to and adopted by stakeholders, farmers and other end users resulting to the realization of the expected outcome. In recent years, extension services have broadened to include providers such as private consultants, agribusiness and input suppliers, local grower groups and public information. The result is a set of complex communication and delivery channels through which information, knowledge and ideas flow. This makes for an increasingly complex RDE system where effective communication and coordination is crucial.

The technologies generated shall be transferred to stakeholders, beneficiaries and end-users by establishment of learning destinations, demonstration areas or pilot areas with the involvement of stakeholders. This could result to faster utilization and adoption of generated technologies.

MDARRC in collaboration with a several RDE partners will endeavor to source out funds and create an environment that will encourage innovation in areas that will be addressed by this roadmap. MDARRC will endeavor to develop its staff’s capability and competence to be at the forefront of competitive innovation in Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) RDE.

This roadmap defines how ENR RDE will contribute to the Government’s vision of an efficient, innovative, resilient and profitable sector that will exist sustainably. It seeks to provide clarity for stakeholders, researchers’ investors, and partners on how ERDB funded RDE will contribute to economic and inclusive growth described in ERDB’s Integrated RDE Framework which is consistent with the National RD and E Framework.

All projects and activities is aligned with the Center’s RDE Action Program, to wit;


Project 1. Generation and Transfer of Technologies to Rehabilitate Degraded Ancestral Domain areas

Study 1. Phytological control of Imperata cylindrica in degraded ancestral domain areas

Study 2. Ex-situ and in-situ conservation strategies for rare and endangered tree species in Ancestral Domain areas.

Project 2. Generation and Transfer of Technologies to Rehabilitate Degraded Community-Based Forest Management Areas

Study 1. Appropriate Technologies to Eliminate Cogonal Areas within Community-Based Forest Management Areas (CBFMA)

Study 2. Screening of Multi-purpose Tree Species as Hedge Rows in an Alley Cropping System in Community Based Forest Management Areas

Study 3. Improving Perennial Crop Yield through Liming and Fertilization Technologies in Community Based Forest Management Areas

Study 4. Assessment of Nitrogen-fixing Tree Species in Degraded Community Based-Forest Management Areas

Project 3. Generation of Technologies to Rehabilitate Degraded Mangrove Areas (CY 2015-2016)

Study 1. Growth and Survival of Three Mangrove Species in Degraded Mangrove Areas.

Study 2. Improving Survival of Planted Mangrove Seedlings in Exposed Areas Using Bamboo as Wave Attenuators

Project 4.   Generation and Transfer of Technologies to Rehabilitate Degraded Multiple Use Zone in Protected Areas

Study 1. Appropriate Technologies to Rehabilitate Multiple Use Zone of Allah Valley Protected Landscape in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Study 2.   Extension Approaches for the Rapid Diffusion of Rehabilitation Technologies in Degraded Multiple Use Zone Protected Areas

Project 5.   Generation and Transfer of Technologies to Rehabilitate Degraded Mine Waste Areas

Study 1.   Phytoremediation for mercury-contaminated Mine Waste Area

Study 2.   Performance of Indigenous Plant Species as Mercury Accumulator in Mine Waste Areas.

Study 3.   Attenuation of Mercury Contamination in Mine Tailings Site using Ornamental Plants

Project 6.   Generation and Transfer of Technologies to Rehabilitate Mined-Out Areas

Study 1.   Rehabilitation of Small Scale Degraded Mining Areas.

Study 2. Soil Amelioration and Mycorrhizal Application to Improve Rehabilitation of Mined-Out Areas.

Study 3.   Characterization and Introduction of Beneficial Soil Micro-Organisms to Improve Poor Plantation Sites.

Study 4.   Vegetation Dynamics of Mined-Out Areas.

Study 5.   Density of Climax Species for an Improved Rehabilitation of Mine Spoil Dump Site.

Study 6.   Performance of Climax Species Integrated with Existing Pioneer Species in Partially Improved Mined-Out Areas.