The National Greening Program Operations Center (NGP OpCen) in partnership with the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) successfully conducted the 2nd Discussion on NGP with Partner SUCs for CY 2016 last 29 – 30 June 2016 at the PSAU Farmers Training Center.

It was participated by representatives from 23 SUCs wherein 4 University Presidents were present, one representative from Forest Management Bureau – NGP Central Office, ERDB research centers and ERDB officials and staff. The discussion’s main objective was to conduct a mid-year assessment of project implementation specifically the operations of clonal nurseries and facilities as well as the cloned seedling production performance of each SUC.

The two-day activity involved the presentation of each SUC’s mid-year accomplishments specifically updates on their action plan from the previous discussion, status of clonal nurseries and other facilities, catch-up plan for the 2nd Quarter, cloned seedling production performance, issues and concerns and problems encountered. Some SUCs also presented accomplishments and/or proposals on their current R&D studies.

As an opening, Assistant Director Antonio M. Daño reminded the participants of the objectives of this activity – to exchange information on the status of the deliverables, to be recollect agreements made last quarter, to enhance knowledge on new findings, to bond and build relations, and most importantly, to work together as one unit in obtaining the goals of NGP. It was then followed by a message from Dr. Evelyn V. Totaan, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who warmly welcomed and accommodated the participants into their university. A series of presentations were then presented from the review of the 1st Discussion conducted in Visayas State University in Baybay City, Leyte, to the overview of the 2nd discussion wherein expected data from the SUCs were indicated, and finally, the presentations of the mid-year accomplishments of the SUCs.

The synthesis of the activity was presented on the last day. Issues and concerns raised were mostly about operations in the nursery, delivery of QPM, reporting system and other administrative concerns regarding the release of funds and procurement process. Further, ERDB and ERDB research centers will facilitate resolutions on the said issues and concerns of the SUCs. Lastly, with the presence of SLSU President Milo Placino, they volunteered to be the host for the 3rd Discussion on September 2016.

All participants were also involved in a tree growing activity led by PSAU President, Dr. Soriano, wherein each pledged P100.00 per seedling of Bignai (Antidesma bunius (L.) Spreng.) to cover for the care and maintenance. In addition, a campus tour was also conducted in which they visited the clonal nursery, bamboo nursery, alternative low-input agricultural system (ALIAS) office and the tamarind research center. –For. Justine Louise R. Repalam, NGP OpCen