Forest guards, extension officers, and technical personnel from the Cebu Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Office (PENRO) and the Community Environment and Natural Resource Office (CENRO) in Cebu and Argao participated in the ‘Integrated Pest and Disease Management, Prevention and Control Training’ last June 22, 201 at Camp 7, Minglanilla, Cebu. Said training spearheaded by PENRO Cebu aimed to capacitate field personnel in the guidelines on surveillance, monitoring, prevention and control, and reporting of forest pests.

Marcia Florenda G. Polo and Forester Joselito T. Sumabat, both Senior Science Research Specialists of the Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) served as resource speakers on the said training-workshop.

Topics discussed include the Basics of Insect Morphology, Insect Orders and Type of Damage on Plants, Disease Diagnosis, Biotic and Abiotic Agents Causing Plant Diseases, Signs and Symptoms of a Disease, Urban Tree Stress and Problems, Urban Tree Health Assessment, Growth Habit and Tree Healing, Sanitation Cutting, and other Control Measures using the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach.

A hands-on workshop using the DENR Forest Pests Surveillance Field Form followed the lecture-discussion. Training participants, responsible in managing the forest protection activities in Cebu and Argao, joined the brief practicum conducted at the Clonal Nursery in Camp 7, Minglanilla, Cebu.

Similar activities were also conducted by PENRO Bohol last March 21-24, 2017 at the Bohol Plaza, Dauis, Bohol and in Dumaguete City last April 25-28, 2017. Dumaguete City Tourism Officer, Ms. Jaqueline V. Antonio thru PENR Officer, Engr. Viernov Grifalde of Negros Oriental particularly requested Forester Sumabat to conduct the Training on Modern Techniques of Tree Health Management in An Urban Environment to promote awareness and understanding on the importance of urban tree health management in Dumaguete City.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued DAO 2012-05 as guidelines that shall cover the surveillance, monitoring, prevention, control and reporting of pests in natural forests, plantations, agro-forestry areas, mining areas, protected areas, ancestral lands and private forestlands. Marcia Florenda G. Polo, BCWERC