Left photo: ARDEC technical personnel and student trainees from Davao del Sur State College during their orientation at ARDEC Station 2, Nabunturan, Davao de Oro. Right photo: BS Agroforestry students measure the diameter of a bamboo at the bambusetum in ARDEC Station 2 in Nabunturan as part of their 200-hour on-the-job training.

Nine BS Agroforestry students from Davao del Sur State College (DSSC) completed their 200-hour on-the-job training at the Agroforestry Research, Development and Extension Center (ARDEC) in Davao del Sur from July 11 to August 12, 2022, in order to give the student trainees the knowledge and skills related to their degree that they need as well as expose them to the various activities of ARDEC.

The technical personnel from ARDEC served as trainers and conducted lectures and hands-on demonstrations to the student trainees on bamboo and macro-somatic clonal propagation technologies; soil sampling; ArcGIS operation and geo-spatial land capability mapping scheme for agroforestry sites; drone operation; seed technology; and carbon stock assessment.

At ARDEC Station 2 in Nabunturan, Davao de Oro, the student trainees have also participated in field studies on tree identification and inventory.

The student trainees also received training in the production of IEC materials, technical report writing, research proposal preparation, strategic communication planning, and article writing in order to upgrade their writing skills and familiarize them with technology transfer and extension activities.

During the 5-week training’s culmination program, one of the student trainees, Mr. Jay-O Laputan, expressed his sincere gratitude to ARDEC for equipping them with valuable knowledge and skills as they return to school.

On the other hand, in place of the ARDEC Center Head, TTPEU Head Vilma Flauta-Nitura congratulated the student trainees for completing the 200-hour training with excellent performance.

She further encouraged the students to strive for the best and do well in their studies and expressed her high hopes that the knowledge and skills imparted by ARDEC technical personnel may be used in their future undertakings.

As part of the Center’s commitment to offering current technologies and information to its clienteles, ARDEC gave technical help on bambusetum establishment and maintenance to DSSC in addition to admitting student trainees this year. MCRamirez, ARDEC