Fifty (52) stakeholders comprising representatives from the academe, the local government unit (LGU), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO) in Baybay, Leyte participated in the activity dubbed as, “Client-based Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Technology Needs Assessment (TNA)” last March 23, 2018. Said TNA event conducted in separate locations in Baybay, Leyte, aimed to identify ENR technologies and prioritized them to address target stakeholders specific needs.

Representing the DENR-CENRO stakeholder group in CENRO Baybay, Leyte were 12 participants consisting of regular, contract, technical, and administrative employees. Joining the LGU group were 15 members representing the People’s Organization (PO) and local community stakeholders from the Patag Rainforestation Association (PRA), Patag Nature Conservation Association (PNCA) and Brgy. Patag Council. TNA participants from the academe group were twenty-five (25) students from the College of Forestry and Natural Resources of the Visayas State University (VSU). VSU students assembled at the Forestry Training Room for the assessment activity.

Mr. Reynaldo Lanuza, Technology Transfer Extension Unit (TTEU) Chief of the Biodiversity, Coastal Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC), emphasized the need to provide stakeholders with appropriate ENR technologies and information that best respond to their interests, needs, and relevance to the community, agency or the organization they represent. Ms. Letecia A. Corregidor, lead facilitator also from TTEU provided the activity overview and actively responded to participants’ queries.

The TNA instrument administered to participants (22 males and 30 females) listed 16 ENR-based technologies and information from which respondents indicated their top three priorities. Both stakeholder groups from CENRO Baybay and the People’s Organization identified bamboo propagation as their first priority. Participants expressed the need to enhance their knowledge and skills on the effective techniques in bamboo propagation and management. Such concern stemmed from the problems POs have experienced on low survival during the establishment of bamboo plantations, contracted under the Bamboo Development Project of DENR. Further, VSU students, including their professor recognized the school’s urgent concern on proper solid waste disposal. Hence, they chose the technology on solid waste management, as they needed efficient information and education on the effective procedures of managing solid waste in their school.

Overall, BCWERC-TTEU has successfully assessed three priority technologies from the stakeholder groups during the Technology Needs Assessment activity. Bamboo propagation ranked as their topmost needed ENR technology followed by solid waste management and mangrove plantation and management, respectively. Letecia A. Corregidor, BCWERC