Twenty-one students from the College of Forestry and Environmental Studies of Mindanao State University- Maguindanao campus spent their 5-day practicum at the MDARRC Research Station 1, Amas, Kidapawan City, Cotabato on July 25-29, 2016.
The said practicum was part of the students’ requirement in BS Forestry major in General Forestry degree and Diploma in Forest Technology.
A lecture-demonstration on the procedures on macro-somatic clonal propagation was presented by SRS I Norlyn S. Yap prior to actual training. The students had undergone activities related to clonal nursery operation and maintenance and participated in the hands-on training on macro-somatic clonal propagation under the supervision of MDARRC Research Station 1 technical staff.
The students also toured around the clonal nursery and the Seed Production Area (SPA) where they had the chance to participate in SPA-related activities from collection and processing of matured gmelina fruits to germination of seeds.
On their last day of practicum, a tree-planting activity was conducted at the reforestation site inside the 100-hectare experimental forest to give emphasis the importance of reforestation and encourage the students to plant more trees. The activity was part of MDARRC’s effort in bringing back the lush forest that once thrived in the area emphasizing the many contributions that trees make to the environment.
Professor Omor S. Pendaliday, practicum supervisor, appreciated the MDARRC’s effort in sharing with the students science-based information that are relevant to their course and at the same time instilling them their responsibility in protecting the environment. “What our students learned during their 5-day practicum surely gave them the idea of what will be the world of a forester after graduation. Indeed, it is a great experience to have our students trained by MDARRC,” he added.
In lieu of MDARRC Research Station 1 Supervisor Vilma Flauta-Nitura who was in the ERDB main office for a workshop, Mr. Yap thanked the College of Forestry and Environmental Studies of MSU-Maguindanao for choosing MDARRC Research Station 1 as one of the students’ learning venues. He also expressed his high hopes that the trainings would help the students in making them what they want to become in the future. Jethrone M. Setenta