Left photo: Bamboo propagation demonstration at the ERDB’s Los Baños Experiment Station (LBES) Right photo: The participants during their tour at the ERDB bamboo gallery.

To facilitate the implementation of the Bamboo Plantation Development Project (BPDP) of the Enhanced National Greening Program (e-NGP) in Western Visayas, 46 participants (31M, 15F) composed of DENR personnel from the Regional and field offices, Local Government Units (LGUs) and People’s Organizations (POs) visited ERDB on October 25, 2019.

For.  Wilfredo Canto, Regional NGP Coordinator, said “This visit was the start of a series of activities to be conducted in the region to facilitate the implementation of bamboo projects in their target areas. This will enable our partners to learn and appreciate the various research efforts and technologies on bamboo propagation and nursery establishment as well as provide a glimpse of the numerous potentials of bamboo as source of livelihood”.

At the Los Baños Experiment Station (LBES), a bamboo propagation demonstration was conducted by the LBES personnel. A tour at the Bambusetum area followed, with continuous sharing of information and discussions on the different bamboo species, their uses and different propagation methods. Afterwhich, the group went back to ERDB and visited the Bamboo and Rattan Gallery where the different products made from bamboo and rattan materials are being displayed.

The activity continued in the afternoon with a visit to the tissue culture laboratory where the participants were met by Ms. Janine Baguhin, Science Research Specialist II, Laboratory Services Section (LSS) – LESD.  Ms. Baguhin shared the research efforts of ERDB and DOST-PCAARRD in propagating four economically important Philippine bamboo species through In Vitro Plant Storage and Micropropagation. She emphasized that the method of introduction of the species in vitro was done to micropropagate identical copies of planting materials. Afterwards, a demonstration of the charcoal briquetting process and a tour at the bamboo garden were conducted at the Research and Demonstration Development Zone (RDZ). Liza C. Condino, LESD