Twenty-four fishermen from Barangay Ginoong Sanay and Pinagdilawan conducted a cross-visit at the ERDB's bamboo and rattan demonstration areas on October 3, 2014. The fishermen are cooperators of ERDB's Partner-Bond Project which is being implemented in Talim island. The project is headed by Vienna O. Austria with Marla V. Cambay and Ma. Theresa M. Valencia as co-activity leader and project staff, respectively. The cooperators represent the 2 POs, Samahang Mangingisda ng Barangay Ginoong Sanay and Samahang Mangingisda ng Barangay Pinagdilawan.
Bamboos, which are abundant in Talim Island are made into various types of furniture such as sofas, cabinets, tables, chairs and a lot more. It is their main source of living, while lake fishing is only secondary.
In her welcome remarks, ERDB OIC Dir. Portia G. Lapitan emphasized the continuous commitment of ERDB to transfer ERDB's technology to the grassroots and mentioned DENR Secretary Paje's instruction to consider the "inclusive growth" in implementing projects which is the centerpiece of President Aquino's administration. It means putting the poor at the center of the development that no one is left behind.
The participants visited the Los Baños Experiment Station (LBES) wherein For. Digno C. Garcia explained the different facilities of the LBES at the Makiling Forest Reserve in Los Baños, Laguna. The participants were toured by For. Garcia and Mr. Edgardo Castillo around the LBES covering the demonstration areas of ERDB on agroforestry, bambusetum, rattan genebank, medicinal plants, and forest nursery. The participants also had the chance to see the Mt. Makiling mudspring.
The group visited the Forest Products Research and Development Institute's (FPRDI) and where briefed on technologies on the utilization of wood products. They were also exposed to FPRDI's newly developed technologies on the engineered bamboo processing equipment.
To further enliven the interest of the cooperators in planting bamboo, they were toured at the bamboo and rattan gallery where they saw the various end-products of bamboo and rattan that were collected locally and internationally. Dr. Aida B. Lapis, former Deputy Project Director of ITTO-Philippines ASEAN Rattan Project who initiated the putting up of the gallery narrated how the gallery came about.
Impressions were delivered by Mr. Clemente Olvida of Samahang Mangingisda ng Barangay Ginoong Sanay and Mr. Romeo Cerafica of Samahang Mangingisda ng Barangay Pinagdilawan during the closing program. Dir. Portia G. Lapitan assured the cooperators that the bamboo nurseries will continuously be monitored by ERDB. Marla V. Cambay, TDD