ERDB Main Office. The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) conducted the “Training on Bamboo Propagation” through the Forest Ecosystems Research Division (FERD) last May 3-5, 2023.
It was attended by Ms. Regine M. Olivas, Ms. Jennelyn Joyce D. Tibar, and Ms. Jessa C. Sanglay, who are all members of the Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) bamboo working group in the LSPU-Siniloan Campus.
The said training aims to orient the participants regarding the best practices and emerging trends in bamboo production especially since they have an approved research program titled, “Nursery and Plantation Establishment of Selected Bamboo Species” to be established in LSPU Land Grant in Pangil, Laguna.
On the first day of the training, a series of lectures were given by the assigned FERD technical staff. Mr. Nelson Levi Lantican, Science Research Analyst, For. Romana A. Mauricio, Supervising Science Specialist and For. Paul J. Cuadra, OIC-Chief of FERD discussed the bamboo propagation plantation establishment and management, different methods of propagating bamboo species and what bambusetum is, and bamboo for rehabilitation of degraded areas, respectively.
Two ERDB Bamboo Nursery staff namely Mr. Artemio Ritardo and Mr. Domingo Villanueva led the hands-on training on bamboo propagation.
Through this activity, the participants learned and experienced the step-by-step procedure of bamboo propagation, from the selection of propagules of appropriate age to cutting of planting materials (one-node culm cutting and branch cutting) to potting and nursery establishment.
Furthermore, Ms. Regine M. Olivas presented their proposal on Production to Commercialization of Selected Bamboo Species for Textile and Fiber which was being critiqued by the FERD technical staff.
At the end of the training, Mr. Paul J. Cuadra emphasized the significance of bamboo especially in the restoration of degraded areas.
He also reminded the participants to be absolutely certain about the establishment of bamboo plantation. Kim Aaron U. Tolentino, FERD