Left photo: Ms. Janine C. Baguhin answering queries of Dr. Florentino O. Tesoro and Dr. Rico J. Cabangon regarding the PCAARRD-funded project implemented by ERDB. Right photo: Participants and evaluators of the DOST-PCAARRD Program Review held at PCAARRD, Los Baños, Laguna on February 25, 2020.

In order to improve the implementation of its ongoing projects, a one day review and evaluation of programs /projects on bamboo and forest vines funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) was held at PCAARRD, Los Baños, Laguna on Feb. 25, 2020.

The activity aimed to review and evaluate ongoing and newly completed PCAARRD-funded projects. It also aimed to identify the technologies and significant findings/information from the results of the projects.

Forester Romana A. Mauricio of the Forest Ecosystems Research Division (FERD) and Ms. Janine C. Baguhin of the Laboratory and Experimental Services Division (LESD) of ERDB attended the said program review and presented the accomplishments of the project titled “Development of Micropropagation Protocol for Four Economically Important Bamboo Species in the Philippines”.

Dr. Lelila C. America, Director of Forestry and Environment Research Division (FERD) of DOST-PCAARRD gave the welcome remarks during the program. Likewise, Dr. Nimfa K. Torreta, PCAARRD Industry Strategic S&T Program Manager for Bamboo and Biodiversity facilitated the event. The invited evaluators of the review were Dr. Florentino O. Tesoro, former Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) Director and DOST Undersecretary and Dr. Rico J. Cabangon, Chief of the Technology Innovation Division of FPRDI.

Other participants who have presented their project accomplishments were Dr. Catherine C. Arradaza from Visayas State University (VSU), Engr. Juanito P. Jimenez, Engr. Shirley A. Pelayo, Engr. Elvina O. Bondad, and Engr. Christian S. Camacho from the DOST-FPRDI. Similar to ERDB, Dr. Arradaza of VSU has been conducting development of tissue culture techniques for selected bamboo species including giant bamboo and five introduced/exotic species of bamboo.

The participants were given valuable feedbacks and critical insights by the evaluators during the program review. These insights will be very useful for those projects which still  have one year to implement and improve their project operations and results. Likewise, the constructive comments and recommendations of the reviewers also gave ideas for future R&D work for those who have completed projects. Janine C. Baguhin, LESD