As part of Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau's (ERDB) technology promotion of ENR Ecosystems through demonstration areas activity, 29 participants consisting nine staff from the ERDB-NCR, 19 officials and staff from Brgy. Tumana, Marikina, City and a representative from Brgy. Holy Spirit Quezon City participated in the Lakbay Aral at the Los Baños Experiment Station (LBES) and other facilities in Los Baños, Laguna on April 15, 2015.

 

In his opening remarks, Dr. Antonio Daño, ERDB Assistant Director, welcomed the participants and reiterated that the Lakbay Aral is not the end but rather just a start of a productive partnership between ERDB and the barangay.

The participants commenced the Lakbay Aral by visiting the mycorrhizal facilities of ERDB where Ms. Carmelita Mojica explained what mycorrhiza is all about and demonstrated its proper application. Afterwards, the group visited the bamboo and rattan gallery at the ERDB building where variety of bamboo and rattan products from different Southeast Asian countries are displayed.

The group also toured the LBES where different species of bamboo and other plants can be observed. Proper bamboo propagation was also demonstrated. As an addition to their itinerary, the participants decided to visit the well-known Mudspring in Mount Makiling to deepen their appreciation of the rich natural resources.

Before heading home, the participants answered the Technology Needs Survey (TNS) to assess other possible technologies that will most likely meet their needs. Spearheaded by Councillor Jimmy Ceguerra and Brgy. Capt. Zif Ancheta, they expressed their gratitude to ERDB for being chosen as participants of Lakbay Aral and shared their insights about their experiences as well as their hopes for future partnership with ERDB.

Dr. Marilyn Landicho concluded the Lakbay Aral by thanking the participants with a promise of a future venture for livelihood and environmental programs for the residents of Barangay Tumana, Marikina City. Melanie Ojeda, TTD