The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region XII conducted a one-day on-site training on Nursery Establishment for Bamboo Propagation on February 21, 2017 at Mining and Degraded Areas Rehabilitation Research Center (MDARRC) Research Station 1 Clonal Nursery in Amas, Kidapawan City, Cotabato in support of the Enhanced National Greening Program of the Department under Executive Order No. 193, series of 2015.
The said event was attended by some sixty (60) participants from different municipalities in Cotabato Province under the area of responsibility of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Cotabato. In attendance were extension officers, leaders of peoples organizations and some project partners.
In lieu of MDARRC’s OIC-Center Head Dr. Bighani M. Manipula, Supervising SRS Vilma F. Nitura, In-Charge of MDARRC Research Station 1, welcomed the guests and participants. She appreciated the effort of the regional office for considering the research station as the learning venue for the one-day training as it housed 1.75-hectare demonstration area of commercially important bamboo species.
In his message, DENR XII’s Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief Dr. Ali M. Hadjinasser said that the training aimed to orient the participants the technical knowledge and demonstrate to them the scientific methodologies of propagating bamboo which will help them in the production of quality bamboo planting materials for the enhanced NGP.
Forester Gregorio E. Santos, Jr. of ERDB served as the resource speaker of the said training. He presented lectures on bamboo propagation which include preparation of potting media and planting materials, nursery operation and management, and plantation establishment and management. For. Santos said that “as a grass of hope because of its multiple uses and end-products, bamboo also helps maintain soil stability and prevents soil erosion in addition to its ability to sequester high carbon”.
After the series of lectures, a hands-on field demonstration activity was conducted by For. Santos which was assisted by Mr. Edgardo Castillo, also from ERDB. The hands-on training was conducted at MDARRC’s established bamboo plantation inside the 100-hectare experimental forest. The participants were able to plant giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus asper) cuttings as an output of the hands-on training.
In his closing message, PENR Officer Mamutur D. Cariga expressed his appreciation to ERDB for introducing its bamboo propagation technology through the conduct of the training. “Let’s make use of this chance to learn something valuable that could help in the protection of our environment. As our partners in the field, I am expecting you to continuously implement and monitor the project for the preservation of our natural resources,” PENRO Cariga added.
Offshoot trainings for field implementers of CENROs Matalam and Midsayap in Cotabato were conducted on March 7 & 9, 2017 respectively as part of the action plan prepared by the PENRO Cotabato during the one-day training. (Jethrone M. Setenta, MDARRC)