The DENR's Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), Forest Management Bureau, and 21 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) gathered in a midyear discussion at Kimberly Hotel, Manila on August 10-11 to fortify their quality seedling commitment for the National Greening Program (NGP).


The DENR, through ERDB, has already forged partnership with 26 SUCs by memorandum of agreement since 2011. In which, the former provided P3.5M per SUC for the establishment and operation of a clonal nursery complex while the latter agreed to produce at least 60,000 seedlings of superior quality for NGP on a yearly basis.

"The DENR is banking on the technical competency of SUCs to ensure that quality seedlings will be produced for the NGP," said Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, ERDB Director.

Researches on production of quality planting materials were presented in the meeting by Central Mindanao University (CMU), Southern Luzon State University (SLSU), and Southern Philippines Agribusiness and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST).

Presidents of Capiz State University, CMU, Pampanga State Agricultural University, Ramon Magsaysay Technological University, SLSU, University of Antique, University of Southern Mindanao, Apayao State College, Guimaras State College (GSC), Kalinga Apayao State College, SPAMAST, and Tarlac College of Agriculture joined the discussion.

Vice presidents and campus directors of Bohol Island State University, University of Antique, Bulacan Agricultural State College, GSC and SPAMAST were also present.

Meanwhile, Aklan State University, Bicol University, Caraga State University, Central Philippines State University, Isabela State University, West Visayas State University, and Western Visayas College of Science and Technology sent representatives to present the status and accomplishments of their clonal nurseries and seedling production.

Also in the meeting were ERDB's Regional Technical Directors for Research from all regions, ERDB Assistant Director Antonio M. Daño, NGP-PQPM Assistant National Coordinator Angelito B. Exconde, Consultant Celso P. Diaz, ERDB technical staff, FMB Forester Remedios Evangelista, and NGP Central Office Forester Teresa Aquino.

Current technical, financial and administrative concerns related to DENR-SUC agreement and clonal nursery operations were tackled in the activity. (with a report from Kimberly Zarah P. Bejo) Mheda G. Garcia, NGP-PQPM