Civil Military Operations Unit – West Philippine Navy and UBRDEC-Palawan Station Office representatives during the tree Growing activity in Palawan Experimental Forest on July 24, 2021.

The Urban and Biodiversity Research Development and Extension Center (UBRDEC) of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) participated in the tree growing activity as part of the 10th founding anniversary celebration of the Civil Military Operations Unit – West Philippine Navy (CMOU-West PN) on July 24, 2021.

The tree growing activity with the theme, “Kalikasan ko, Mahal Ko” was conducted at the Palawan Experimental Forest at Brgy. Bagong Bayan, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The Center provided 300 seedlings of indigenous forest tree species such as red nato kupang, white nato, pangi, kalantas, and malugai.

These seedlings were collected from identified individual plus trees (IPTs) and raised in the established UBRDEC- Palawan Satellite Office (PSO) nursery in the area.

Mr. Edgardo Sualog, UBRDEC-PSO personnel, provided a brief demonstration on the proper handling and planting of the seedlings before the activity proper to ensure that the seedlings will grow well and attain higher survival rate.

The 795-hectare Palawan experimental forest caters several projects of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (DENR-ERDB) and a home to unique flora & fauna that can only be found in the province.

The tree growing activity was attended by 70 participants from various government agencies, private institutions and organizations to include; ERDB-UBRDEC, Naval Installation Facilities (NIF) -West, Naval Special Operations Unit (NAVSOU), Marine Brigade (MBDe), Adventure Charity Environment (ACE) Extreme, Kiwanis Club of the Last Frontier, Kiwanis International Division, Tau Gamma Phi Sigma, PAFCIFIC Palawan, Join Palawan Native Club and M Lhuillier.

UBRDEC believes that supporting such activities will promote public awareness on the importance of our natural resources, particularly forest.

This initiative strengthened the partnership of the involved stakeholders and UBRDEC on the protection and conservation of this natural reserve that will benefit both the present and future generations.

The activity ended with a message from the Commanding Officer of CMOU-West Lieutenant Commander Almarx V. Palmero and he expressed his sincerest gratitude to UBRDEC and the other stakeholders for their support.  Jan Marrion M. Cadelino, UBRDEC