In line with the BCWERC-Technology Transfer and Extension Unit’s target for the second quarter, a training was conducted last May 10 and 11, 2017 at the Bantayan Beach Resort in Barangay Tindog, Medellin, Cebu. Resource persons of the said training were the Regional Director of DENR 7 who is an expert on mangrove, Ms. Emma M. Melana, the MBFDP consultant of PENRO Cebu who is also a former ERDS staff, Mr. Solon Bagalihog and the Center Head, Dr. Alicia L. Lustica.

It was participated in by more than 40 participants composed of the POs, LGUs, and Extension Officers. These include members of the PO named Rural Workers Association of Tindog (RWAT), POs from barangays Don Virgilio and Canhabagat, Purok Leaders and barangay officials of Barangay Tindog, barangay officials of Brgy. Canhabagat, representatives from the office of the municipal mayor and Extension Officers from PENRO Cebu. The training was also graced by the presence of the Municipal Mayor, Hon. Joven J. Mondigo, Jr., who expressed his interest and enthusiasm in the said training. Being an environment advocate, he welcomed the participants despite his busy schedule.

“A solid community is important when it comes to the restoration of our mangrove ecosystem”, said Dr. Alicia Lustica, the BCWERC Center Head as she inspired the participants to give value and importance to our mangroves.

The training aimed to enhance the beneficiaries’ knowledge on mangrove rehabilitation particularly on the cluster planting technology; identify issues, concerns or problems that arise in the cluster planting implementation and give possible solutions thereto; provide additional information on how to do action planning and assist them in the preparation of their respective action plans; and mainstream and institutionalize cluster planting in their mangrove development and rehabilitation.

Different issues arose during the training and it was addressed by the BCWERC Center Head and TTEU Chief. Among the issues mentioned were Illegal sand and gravel extraction and shell fish collection or “sudsod” that damages the newly planted mangroves, sea grass beds that were planted with mangroves, low survival of mangroves, presence of pests and barnacles, lack of monitoring and supervision during the implementation of the project, and limited provision of sea lane for passage way.

At the end of the activity the participants were happy and satisfied in the training conducted. One participant even suggested to extend information about mangroves to young children since they are the ones who are easier to teach. BCWERC