MDARRC, PSTC-Davao del Norte hold Training-Workshop for PWDs

The Mining and Degraded Areas Rehabilitation Research Center (MDARRC) in cooperation with the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC)- Davao del Norte of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in region XI conducted a training-workshop on Nursery Management and Tree Propagation for the members of Davao del Norte Person with Disability Association (DAVNOR PWD Association) on April 11-14, 2016 at MDARRC Research Station 1, Amas, Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

The 4-day learning event was conducted to enhance the capability and train PWDs in nursery establishment and management and tree propagation through cloning technology as part of their livelihood program.

There were thirty (30) participants from DAVNOR PWD Association who attended the training-workshop. They were accompanied by the staff of Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) of Davao del Norte.

In lieu of MDARRC Center Head Dr. Bighani M. Manipula who was in the ERDB main office for workshop and conference, Forester Alex R. Palero, Senior Science Research Specialist, welcomed the participants and expressed his high hopes that the training would open doors for another livelihood opportunity that would uplift the economic condition in employment and sustainable livelihood among PWDs. He also gave the overview of the training course with emphasis on the rationale and objectives of the 4-day training-workshop.

A lecture on forest tree seed collection, processing and storage was given by Forester Eduardo O. Sagarino, Science Research Specialist I. He discussed about proper methods in seed collection and techniques in seed processing.

The establishment and management of forest nursery was also tackled in the training-workshop. For. Palero presented the guidelines in selection of nursery site, advantages of setting up forest nursery and its physical structure requirements.

An instructional video on the procedures on macro-somatic clonal propagation was also presented.  Afterwards, Science Research Specialist I Norlyn S. Yap gave a lecture-demo on the production of quality planting materials through cloning. He also discussed about the application of mycorrhiza and its benefits to plants.

Also discussed during the training-workshop is the potential of nursery establishment as a business enterprise which was presented by Community Development Officer II Rodrigo M. Real, Jr. He presented the guidelines in operating a nursery. He recommended that the best approach to start in the nursery business is to acquire as much knowledge and information as possible on business management, plant production and marketing.

The participants also learned about global warming. Training Specialist I Marybeth D. Jumao-as tackled about its cause and effects and local actions that can be taken to mitigate it.

The program also tackled the relevance of Gender and Development (GAD). Grace P. Moralde, Science Research Analyst, gave emphasis the importance of gender equality and empowerment of individuals and the mainstreaming of Gender and Development on the implementation of the association’s projects and activities.

During the practicum, the participants had the chance to experience the actual process of cloning. Though some of them struggled due to their physical condition, it did not hinder them to undergo the training.

In an open forum, Engr. Darlito S. Palermo of DAVNOR PWD Association and council member of the National-Anti Poverty Commision in region XI, commended the MDARRC for its effort in extending technical assistance to PWDs. He said that the training-workshop helped boost the morale of persons with disabilities. “Hopefully, our project will uplift the economic status of PWDs that they might live independently through Support Employment and Living Participation (SELP) activities,” he added.

In her message, DOST-PSTC Davao del Norte Director Judy Donna dA. Nueva Ecija thanked the participants for choosing the agency and MDARRC as partners in their association’s endeavours. “We see a very big potential in your group and I hope that it won’t go for nothing. We believe in you that’s why we’d like to partner with you,” she stressed.

As an offshoot of the recently conducted training workshop, the participants shall be establishing a nursery of various forest tree species and fruit trees. A memorandum of Agreement shall be forged between and among the DOST-PSTC, DAVNOR PWD Association and MDARRC for the purpose.

“PWDs have their right to live the same way as any other human being. MDARRC believes that their disability is not a hindrance to live a meaningful life. That’s why we are delighted that the DAVNOR PWD Association chose MDARRC to be their learning venue and it is our pride to be of service to them,” For. Palero said during his closing message. Jethrone M. Setenta