“Working with ERDB made me realize that tree planting or tree growing is not enough, it is actually tree caring,” this was the statement shared by Lt. Gen. Ferdinand F. Quidilla, the commander of the Southern Luzon Command (SoLCom), Philippine Army during their visit in ERDB last May 15, 2017. Lt. Gen. Quidilla has been a part of the previous reforestation project of ERDB. According to the commanding officer, he found the science of taking care of the environment in the Bureau.

SoLCom members led by Lt. Gen. Quidilla and Lt. Col. Arnulfo Marcelo B. Burgos were toured to the ERDB office. The bamboo and rattan gallery and clonal nursery were shown to them. These men in uniform showed interest in taking good care of the environment. “We only know how to shoot guns, our knowledge in tree caring is not enough, so we need help from ERDB,” said Lt. Gen Quidilla.

SoLCom sought help in their reforestation project in Mulanay, Quezon. They were set to visit again this year for the technical assistance in the propagation of forest trees that the Bureau offers. The visitors were also given different IEC materials on the technologies of ERDB.

Dr. Lucena U. Mercado, Forester Gregorio E. Santos and Ms. Veronica O. Sinohin accommodated the SoLCom and assured to assist them in their endeavor on environmental protection. Photos and text by Ann Valerie V. Gillado, TTD