Atty. Daniel Darius with WWRRDEC Center Head, Ms. Helan A. Maddumba and WWRRDEC-RDU Chief, Mr. Rhandy S. Tubal during the supervision of field experiment at Wright Park, Baguio City.

Atty. Daniel Darius M. Nicer, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement of DENR – Central Office supervised another set of a field experiment which was conducted by the research team of ERDB – WWRRDEC at Wright Park, Baguio City on May 5 and 6, 2022, to determine the water interception capacity of Agoho trees.

The activity was conducted with the assistance of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) – Baguio City headed by FO Benjie Cuyan, who provided a vehicle/fire truck for the water supply used for artificial rainfall and the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) of the City of Baguio for their boom truck.

ASEC Nicer was also present during the simulation activity for the leaf interception capacity of five (5) agoho trees that was conducted early this year at Burnham Park, Baguio City.

The said study was first implemented last 2021 within the Bugnay Experimental Forest, San Luis, Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya to estimate the amount of rainwater that can be retained in the leaves, bark, branches and trunk of certain forest tree species before reaching the ground. The study is an input to calculate surface run-off in a closed forest within Cagayan River Basin. Earlier tested species include Narra, Yakal, Almaciga, White Lauan, Palosapis and Benguet Pine.

This project is also in support of the mandate of the DENR under the Task Force Build Back Better created by EO 120, series of 2020. Margeline Q. Diano, WWRRDEC