Last June 15, LLDA received a newly acquired set of laboratory equipment for phosphate oxygen isotope analysis worth P1.3M. This is in line with LLDA’s current partnership with the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), University of Santo Tomas, and University of the Philippines Diliman for the project, “Biodiversity-Driven Nutrient Cycling and Human Well-being in Social-Ecological System,” also called the Ecological Recycling (e-REC) project. The equipment will be housed at the Environmental Laboratory and Research Division (ELRD) of LLDA.

LLDA GM Jaime C. Medina received the equipment together with the e-REC Project Core Team members: Dr. Rey Donne S. Papa of UST, Dr. Francis S. Magbanua of UP Diliman, and Adelina C. Santos-Borja of LLDA-Resource Management and Development Department. The LLDA Acting AGM Generoso Dungo, Chief of Staff Adelio Domingo, Engr. Jocelyn Sta. Ana of LLDA-ELRD and other LLDA staff also witnessed the momentous event.

“With this new equipment, we are able to expand LLDA’s assets and capabilities as a research facility. In the next few years, LLDA is keen to continue on investing in state-of-the-art laboratory equipment as this will aid in LLDA’s numerous initiatives, which include becoming a premier resource for research and data. During my term, I wish to restore LLDA’s prominence as one of the key institutions in Southeast Asia with the best water quality laboratory.”

The e-REC Project, established in 2015, is fully funded by the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) based in Kyoto, Japan. Its primary purpose is to facilitate cross-linkage of multi-level governance, in which governments and researchers with a systemic view intend to solve the nutrient imbalance-derived issues at the regional and global scales. The project also aims to solve social and environmental issues specific to local communities in the context of their life and livelihood.