The theme “Greening the Future with QPM” stirred the National Greening Program-Production of Quality Planting Materials (NGP-PQPM) exhibit, symposium, and launching of the coffee table book at Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) on June 28-30.
Attended by almost 400 audience from the PSAU, partner State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), and ERDB and its Research Centers, the opening program, launching of the coffee table book, and symposium commenced on the 28th of June. The coffee table book also titled as Greening the Future with QPM showcases the rigors of the PQPM, an activity of the ERDB together with the DENR field offices and partner SUCs in support of the NGP. A glimpse of the coffee table book was manifested in the six galleries of the exhibit—barking up the right tree, rearing the trees of the future, give it a shot, united for forest conservation, it takes time, but it works, and defense against climate change—displayed at the PSAU multi-purpose center until the 30th of June.
The three-topic symposium and open forum on Importance of Quality Planting Materials (QPM), Bamboo for Climate Change Mitigation, and Significance of Hi-Q VAM 1 Mycorrhizal Application followed after the opening program and launching. It served as a means for the audience to further understand the coffee table book and the exhibit and to realize their role in forest conservation. The audience addressed questions which were comprehensively answered by the resource persons of the aforementioned topics: For. Enrico L. Barbosa, For. Gregorio E. Santos, Jr., Ms. Carmelita M. Mojica, and Ms. Famela J. Bonsol. The participants also symbolically pledge for a greener Philippines as they inked their palms in the Greening the Future commitment wall.
The opening program and unveiling of the coffee table book were led by several dignitaries: Hon. Cherry M. Manalo, the board member of the 1st District of Pampanga; Dr. Honorio M. Soriano Jr., PSAU president; For. Ronilo L. Salac, NGP Regional Coordinator for Region 3; Dr. Carlos S. Arida, Sr., Center Head of Watershed and Water Resources Research Center, Dr. Antonio M. Daño, ERDB Assistant Director; For. Celso P. Diaz, NGP-PQPM Consultant; Mr. Angelito B. Exconde, ERDB AFMD Chief; and For. Ma. Lourdes DC. Reyes, NGP-PQPM Assistant National Coordinator and Executive Officer. –Ms. Rio Christine P. Bustamante, NGP OpCen