On July 16, 2022, a group of twenty-seven people (14 men and 13 women) from the Abra Province visited the Philippine Bambusetum at the Watershed and Water Resources Research, Development and Extension Center (WWRRDEC) Loakan Road, Baguio City.

The group was led by Ms. Carmelita B. Bersalona, Chairman of the Abra Peace Convener’s Group, young professionals from the Lacub Organization for Unity and Development, the Abra Liga Balibolista, and the PENRO Abra youth desk officer made up the group of youth leaders.

Before the tour, Ms. Carissa C. Collado, Training Specialist I, and Ms. Bersalona spoke briefly about their respective groups and the Philippine Bambusetum. According to Bersalona,

The visit will open the youth leaders’ thoughts and hearts on the importance of bamboo for environmental preservation as well as for economic development.”

She added that the excursion would improve the youth’s fundamental knowledge of the numerous types of bamboo as well as how to establish and maintain bamboo farms. Officer at the PENRO Abra youth desk.

A variety of the bamboo species existing in the area were displayed during the tour. Each type of specific use and significance were explained.

The attendees also made a brief trip to the Learning Eco-park for Advocating Resources and Nature (LEARN).

The group was able to learn more about more bamboo species through their trip to WWRRDEC.

Furthermore, the WWRRDEC provided four (4) Blowpipe bamboo (Bambusa dolichomeritalia Hayata) propagules to be planted to their expanding bamboo plantation.

On their next visit to the Philippine Bambusetum, they also intend to buy and trade a collection of bamboo species that are already present in their bambusetum.

For further knowledge, the group was also provided with a variety of bamboo IEC materials, including How-to manuals, TeKnow Comics, and training manuals on bamboo growth and establishment. Carissa Collado, WWRRDEC