The Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) recently conducted the ‘Year-End Assessment of Seed Production Area/Individual Plus Tree (SPA/IPT) Accomplishments for CY 2017’ at the Alpa City Suites, Mandaue City last November 8-10, 2017. The participants comprised of SPA Focal Persons and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs) from the 16 provinces in the Visayas region.

The said event was organized primarily to assess the status of accomplishments of the different PENROs in the implementation of the SPA/IPT CY 2017 activities. It also aimed to evaluate the fund utilization and finalize documents and other project management records of the seed sources.

Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, BCWERC Head supported the event and officially welcomed the participants of the training. According to her, there are a total of 79 seed sources in the country, as reported by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB). ‘These seed sources will considerably contribute to the success of the National Greening Program (NGP EO 21) until 2028,’ said Dr. Lustica. She added that ERDB has a challenging role to play in terms of progress monitoring of seed production as well as extending technical assistance to capacitate stakeholders.

Dr. Lustica emphasized ERDB’s distinct plans prior to the turn-over of the SPA/IPT such as the roles and responsibilities of the involving parties, the ERDB, DENR regional offices, and the PENROs. She noted further about the road map and guide of seed collection target per region. ‘Since project implementation started as early as CY 2013, it is expected that data of project should already be complete, comprehensive, packaged, and available before the final turn over to the DENR regional offices,’ said Dr. Lustica.

Meanwhile, For. Jose F. Layese, Jr., BCWERC SPA Coordinator presented the rationale and the overview of the seed sources in the Visayas regions. Participants presented their respective accomplishments and next steps plan for the SPA/IPT in their area. SPA/IPT sites are located in the provinces of Iloilo, Antique, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Aklan, Guimaras, Cebu, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, Bohol, Leyte, So. Leyte, Biliran, Samar, Eastern and Northern Samar. MFGPolo and JFLayeseJr, BCWERC