The student trainees, together with WWRRDEC staff, gracefully posed during the Culminating Program of their on-the-job training at WWRRDEC on August 15, 2022.

Eight (8) Bachelor of Science in Biology students of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) and one (1) Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) successfully finished their required on-the-job training at the Watershed and Water Resources Research Development and Extension Center (WWRRDEC) in Baguio City on August 15, 2022.

The students assisted in the installation of funnel traps for bark beetles at the Botanical Garden (left photo) and in the preparation of reference collection of insects at the BSU entomology laboratory (right photo).

Students were trained by technical staff from WWRRDEC on a variety of Center tasks, including office and field work.

On their first day of training, they were oriented on the functions of ERDB and WWRRDEC.

The succeeding days of their practicum were allotted for the actual conduct of research and development activities.

The students gained hands-on experience on the installation of funnel traps for bark beetles, data gathering on pest forecasting study, collection of insect specimens, soil sampling, and analyses, and forest tree planting.

Additionally, the students participated in a hands-on practicum involving Forest Tree Seed Center procedures such seed processing, seed counting, seed testing, and seed germination analysis, among others.

Additionally, they received instruction in the clonal nursery in Pacdal, Baguio City, on how to propagate forest tree species through clones.

Along with technical proficiency in various biological and chemical concepts, the students had field application experience with data collection for calculating the carrying capacity of some tourist attractions in the province of Benguet.

The actual conduct of survey interview in Buguias, Benguet was undertaken by the students with the supervision of the project team of WWRRDEC.

As a research institution, WWRRDEC also taught the trainees the steps and crucial factors in formulating proposals for environmental research.

A research proposal that is in line with their course is one of their primary practicum outputs. Additionally, it will get them ready to develop their thesis.

One of the trainees mentioned WWRRDEC as a comfortable atmosphere for them to develop and learn during their culmination program.

The head of the WWRRDEC Center, Ms. Helen A. Maddumba, on the other hand, praised them for their successful completion and urged them to keep doing whatever they enjoy. Sharmaine L. Egalla, Shirley Jaene S. Valdez/WWRRDEC