Left photo: Engr. Niro M. Villaceran, UBRDEC’s Community Development Officer II, explaining the Bamboo propagation techniques, Hi-Q VAM 1 – a biofertilizer, and other science-based technologies that the Center offers. Right photo: The UBRDEC staff together with the participants composed of members of the PO Samahang Organisasyong Pangkalikasan, Inc. (SOK) during the conduct of training needs assessment in Bula, Camarines Sur on March 3- 5, 2020.

In order to identify the appropriate technologies to be introduced to the People’s Organization (PO), Samahang Organisasyong Pangkalikasan, Inc. (SOK), the Urban and Biodiversity Research, Development and Extension Center (UBRDEC) held a Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) in Bula, Camarines Sur on March 3-5,2020. The said event was participated by 30 SOK members.

Based on the result of the TNA, the PO identified the following technologies: Pagpapatubo ng kawayan (one-node and two-node cutting procedure), Hi-Q VAM 1 technology (endomycorrhizal technology), and Soil Sampling Collection and Use of Field Soil Test Kit.

According to the participants these technologies will be effective in the implementation of their activities. The SOK aims to protect the natural resources by participating in government projects while providing sustainable livelihood through utilization of agricultural land under the Community Based Forest Management Agreement (CBFMA) in their area.

Ms. Eunice C. Onrubia, Training Specialist I of UBRDEC, briefly introduced the UBRDEC and its vision, mission, and the current projects being implemented by the Center. Moreover, Engr. Niro M. Villaceran, UBRDEC’s Community Development Officer II, explained the Bamboo propagation techniques, Hi-Q VAM 1 – a biofertilizer, and other science-based technologies that the Center offers.

The 30 participants answered the survey form which was used as an instrument in the conduct of TNA to gather reliable data. Aside from identifying the needed technologies, the PO members’ readiness and willingness to cooperate during the implementation of the project and determining the suitable IEC materials to produce were also measured through the survey form. Stephanie D. Dimalanta, UBRDEC