The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) in coordination with the Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) conducted a ‘Trainer’s Training on the Production of Quality Planting Materials (PQPM) for the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP) last September 11-15, 2017 at the Marbezen Inn and Multi-Purpose Hall in Poblacion Sur, Carmen and at the Bohol Island State University (BISU) in Bilar, Bohol. The event was organized in preparation for the turn-over of responsibility in the management and operations of the clonal nurseries and seed production areas, from the ERDB to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Provincial Environment and Natural Resource (PENR) regional and field offices. Training participants were focal persons of the Seed Production Area (SPA) and NGP staff of the participating Regional and field offices of the DENR Visayas cluster, comprising DENR Regions 6, 7, 8 and the Negros Island Region (NIR). ERDB and BCWERC officials and staff were also present to fully support the goal of said event.

Dr. Alicia A. Lustica, BCWERC Center Head greeted the participants during the opening program as she shared some insights on the significance of the activity, particularly emphasizing the theory that ‘practice makes perfect’. “There are loads of challenges along the way to improve the technology, hence you should not easily get discouraged even if it will take years to perfect the cloning process”, according to Dr. Lustica. Mr. Angelito B. Exconde of ERDB and PENR Officer of Bohol, Eusalem S. Quiwag also gave their respective views to inspire the participants on how to confront the challenges on the management of PQPM for the E-NGP. Topics discussed during the training were: Maintenance of Seed Sources and Seed Collection Strategies; Seed Technology; and Nursery Operation and Management.

Meanwhle, a hands-on demonstration on SPA delineation, plus tree selection, and seed collection strategies were also conducted at the SPA site located within the Rajah Sikatuna Protected Area (RSPL) in Bilar, Bohol. For. Raul G. Paler of PENRO Bohol and For. Jose F. Layese, Jr. of BCWERC served as resource persons and provided an overview of the SPA activities in the province.

On the other hand, Dr. Rafael T. Cadiz of ERDB also discussed the important topics on Clonal Propagation Technology; Hedge Garden Establishment and Management; and Hormones and its Applications. The lecture was supported with an actual demonstration of the preparation of rooting hormones and harvesting and processing of orthotropic shoots at the clonal nursery at BISU. Ms. Carmelita M. Mojica, also from ERDB provided an overview of H-Q VAM1 as an organic fertilizer. A hands-on demonstration on mycorrhizal application technique followed at the Mycorrhiza Production Facility within the BISU campus. Participants were invited to provide their inputs through the conduct of an Action Planning Workshop. Presentation of outputs from participants was done per region.

The event concluded with a presentation of synthesis and next steps by Ma. Lourdes DC. Reyes, the Assistant National Coordinator of NGP-PQPM from ERDB. M. Polo-BCWERC