The DENR, through its Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), and Bulacan Agricultural State College (BASC) further reinforced their clonal facility project with a training on macro-somatic clonal propagation held in BASC, San Ildefonso, Bulacan on November 18-19, 2014.


Dr. Carlos Arida, Sr., ERDB's Regional Technical Director for Research in Region 3, said the DENR-BASC partnership became possible due to funding support from the National Greening Program.

"The clonal nursery was given to BASC to ensure that quality seedlings will be produced in Bulacan," he said.

Meanwhile, the training consisted of lectures and hands-on exercises on macro-somatic clonal propagation of forest tree species, clonal nursery establishment and operation, rooting hormones, and non-mist propagation.

Training resource persons were ERDB Foresters Digno C. Garcia and Enrico L. Barbosa.

Dr. Josefina C. Mananguit, BASC vice president for research, extension and training, encouraged the participants to use the clonal facility in the conduct of their thesis.

"Maganda ang training kasi maraming research topics for our thesis at maraming opportunity na maaaring pagkakitaan sa itinuro ng mga taga-ERDB," said Always Umaña, a second-year agriculture student.

The activity was attended by 84 participants, including the Dumagat people, members of Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society Inc., farmers, agroforestry students of BASC Doña Remedios Trinidad, agriculture students and faculty of BASC San Ildefonso, and Dr. Roberto Wagan who represented BASC President Gerardo Mendoza. Mheda G. Garcia, NGP-PQPM