Thirty-four participants (25 males and 9 females) from the LGUs and POs of Real, Infanta and General Nakar (REINA), Quezon participated in the “Training cum hands-on demonstration on clonal propagation techniques and the Hi-Q VAM 1” on September 20-22, 2017 at the ERDB , College, Laguna. The training or the Capacity building of ERDB Clients is one of the activities under the ENR Technology Extension project of the program “Client-based Technology Transfer and Extension Services for Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)”.

For. Cerjay B. Jimenez and Mr. Alan P. Alinsunurin of FERD lectured and demonstrated the topic on Clonal Propagation while Ms. Carmelita M. Mojica of LESD and Ms. Famela J. Bonsol of NGP gave insights on the use of the Hi-Q VAM 1 technology.

The participants visited the clonal propagation facility at ERDB and had a firsthand experience of assessing a good parent tree and collecting possible vegetative parts. They also tried mixing the combination of solutions for the rooting medium and fungicide plus a hands-on participation on the step-by-step process in non-mist propagation establishment. The trainees also visited the mycorrhizal production area at APEC, College, Laguna, wherein Ms. Mojica showed what a mycorrhiza looks like through the microscope. She also showed the facility and briefed the participants on the process of producing and harvesting the biofertilizer.

To maximize the training of the participants, a tour around the Los Baños Experimental Station (LBES) and the Bamboo and Rattan Gallery was likewise conducted. This was an additional activity for the participants (lakbay-aral) for them to better appreciate ERDB’s programs and initiatives on environmental conservation and development.

As an output of the training, action plans were prepared by the municipalites. Each action plan reflected the group’s objectives and strategies on how they intend to practice or adopt the learnings they gained from the training. Ma. Vienna O. Austria, TTD