In line with the project of the Technology Transfer Division (TTD) on Client-based Technology Transfer and Extension Services for ENR Management, under Activity 2 – Capacity Building of ERDB Clients, monitoring activities were conducted to ensure that ERDB’s introduced technologies were properly disseminated and utilized by stakeholders. As such, 2 Technology Transfer Division (TTD) staff composed of Ms. Ma. Vienna O. Austria and Ms. Lea B. Domasig visited the Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation in Barangay Taganito, Claver, Surigao del Norte on May 23-25, 2017. THPAL processes millions of tons of low-grade nickel ore using high pressure acid leach (HPAL) technology. The team monitored the progress of the action plan prepared by 5 technical staff of the company during the “Training cum hands-on demonstration on Clonal Propagation and Hi-Q VAM 1” on May 18-20, 2016 at ERDB, Los Baños, Laguna.

THPAL has already established its own clonal facility (non-mist) that includes the office and storage/laboratory room, the rooting facility, recovery/pre-conditioning facility, potting sheds, pre-hardening and hardening area and the water facility system. Though the pre-hardening and hardening areas are not yet fully completed and that hedge gardens are still to be established, the company has started propagating endemic, high value crops and ornamental plants through the said technology.They tried the technology to crops/plants like rosal, cypress, American lemon, mangium, pandacaqui, guyabano, calamansi and langka. They sourced the stem cuttings from nearby plantations and the wildlings of different forest tree species for production and reforestation purposes. Accordingly, the clonal nursery became operational only last March 2017, thus, field experiments/test/trials are still underway for different species (mostly ornamental plants and high value crops), with various IBA concentrations, light exposure and use of recyclable containers like the empty bottles of coke litro as rooting containers (aside from the hiko trays used).

The use of the mycorrhiza (HI-Q VAM 1) was observed to be very beneficial to the different tree species, ornamental plants and vegetables crops raised in the planting site. Accordingly, the combination of vermicast and Hi-Q VAM 1 showed the best result.

For the company’s target on livelihood support, 2 Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) the staff said that training on clonal propagation and the use of the Hi-QVAM 1 was conducted at the THPAL demonstration site on March 26, 2017. An IP community (Mamanwa) from Barangay Urbiztondo, Claver, Surigao del Norte attended said activity. There were 10 participants (9 females and 1 male) who attended the lecture-demo at the mining site while an additional 5 participants participated in the actual application (use of the hiko tray and the Hi-Q VAM 1) in their respective areas. The Hi-Q VAM 1 was applied to crops like cacao, mango, lemon, squash, cucumber, eggplant, patola, pechay, etc. which is for the community’s project on FAITH (Food Always Available in the Home). They also added that, coordination activities are likewise conducted with the LGUs of Barangay Urbiztondo and the Municipality of Claver for the smooth implementation of their livelihood project. They hope to establish the demonstration area/display center in a Mamanwa community by 2018.

For the target activity on the production and distribution of IEC materials for the community, this will still be accomplished upon completion of the experiments/protocols done at the THPAL demonstration/nursery site. Ma. Vienna O. Austria, TTD