ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado paid a visit to the Watershed and Water Resources Research Center’s (WWRRC) ongoing WWRRC building rehabilitation project and its facilities on March 10, 2017 in Baguio City. Director Adornado, who is also the national coordinator of the nationwide bamboo project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), inspected the Philippine Bambusetum and the germplasm bank of indigenous and exotic bamboo species which was established in 1988.

Director Adornado was amazed to see some of the species found in the bambusetum such as the New Guinea sweet shoot bamboo (Nastus elatus), the shoot of which can be eaten raw, and the Machiku (Dendrocalamus latiflorous Munro) which has grown culms as big as the Giant bamboo in the Philippine Bambusetum environmental condition. The Animal Rescue Center, where injured animals are brought for recovery, also caught his attention.

Among the instructions given by Director Adornado is the propagation of the unique bamboo species found in the Philippine bambusetum, using branch or culm cuttings or tissue culture. Propagules will be provided by the ERDB for possible mass propagation of the species which are hard to propagate by branch or culm cuttings.The Philippine Bambusetum in Baguio City is the largest techno-demo area established in Northern Luzon. Now, it is one of the biggest bamboo germplasm banks in Northern Luzon. Minda S. Odsey, WWRRC