The Land Management, Agroforestry and Upland Farming Technology Research Center (LAUFTeRC) conducted its annual In-House Review last July 18-19, 2018 in Sto. Domingo, Albay to evaluate its completed and on-going research studies.

This year’s in-house review was LAUFTeRC’s third since its establishment in 2015 and the first to be held in Region 5. It serves as both an update report and a “tuneup” session for studies being implemented by the research center. Much akin to a thesis defense, researchers present their studies before a panel of evaluators who comment, suggest and recommend measures to further improve them if they are on-going, and to guide report-writing and publishing if they are completed.

A total of eight research studies, five completed and three on-going, were presented as well as status reports of the the technology transfer program and National Greening Program activities. Serving as the panel of evaluators were Mr. Juan E. Ebora, panel chair; For. Maria Lourdes DC. Reyes and Ms. Adreana S. Remo. Also present were Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Technical Staff composed of Dr. Aurora S. Jose, Dr. Maria Lourdes Q. Moreno and Ms. Marie Abbie Gail L. Dela Cueva.

At the conclusion of the review proper, LAUFTeRC OIC-Center Head For. Gregorio E. Santos, Jr. encouraged the researchers to share thoughts and ideas with each other openly in the workplace. Drawing from his own experience, he stressed the importance of perusing the vast deposit of related literature and studies available in libraries and the Internet to guide them in writing their terminal reports.

On July 19, the LAUFTeRC and ERDB-Main Office parties conducted field visits at the experiment site of an on-going experimental study on Sambulauan (Syzygium albayense Merr.) at LAUFTeRC-Legazpi City, and afterwards at the Albay Bambusetum and kawayan tinik demo farm in Kawa-Kawa Hill, Ligao City, Albay.

A highlight of the visit in the Albay Bambusetum was the audience with Albay 3rd District Representative Fernando V. Gonzalez. A longtime supporter of the local bamboo industry and ecotourism projects, Rep. Gonzalez is an official partner of LAUFTeRC together with the City Government of Ligao in the establishment and maintenance of the Albay Bambusetum and kawayan tinik demo farm. Established in 2014 through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the three parties, the Albay Bambusetum serves as a showcase of various bamboo species for clients in the academic, research and commercial sectors. Emerson B. Ranara, LAUFTeRC