The zoom participants during the Annual Technical Seminar held on June 28, 2022.

The Watershed and Water Resources Research, Development and Extension Center (WWRRDEC) Annual Technical Seminar was highlighted with the presentation of the science-based results of the study titled “Comparative Analysis on the Production/Yield of Oleoresin Tapping Technology in Benguet Pine (Pinus kesiya Royle ex Gordon)”, last June 28, 2022 via Zoom.

The activity is one way to share important technical information and significant findings on generated ENR with the concerned stakeholders to raise their awareness of the key concepts, updates, issues, and concerns on Benguet Pine oleoresin tapping.

More than 50 participants from DENR-CAR regional and field offices such as PENRO Benguet and Mountain Province, CENRO Baguio and Sabangan, Cordillera State Universities such as the Benguet State University (BSU) and Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) attended the said activity.

Ms. Helen A. Madduma, WWRRDEC Center Head, welcomed the participants. After which, ERDB Director Maria Lourdes G. Ferrer, gave a very meaningful opening message that emphasized the importance of communicating research findings to the stakeholders.

She reiterated that research should not only focus on the technical part but also on its economic and financial aspects since this will be disseminated to the beneficiaries.

Forester Rhandy S. Tubal, study leader, served as the resource speaker during the webinar. In his presentation, he introduced the two (2) oleoresin tapping technologies namely Standard Bark Chipping and Tian Li.

He further discussed the advantages and disadvantages of the two technologies wherein the Tian Li technology was found to be more advantageous than the Standard Bark chipping technology in terms of oleoresin yield, cost, return, and health.

After the presentation, the participants expressed their gratitude for the relevant information shared with them.

Some of the feedbacks from the participants include the need to conduct training on oleoresin tapping for interested individuals. Some even suggested that a model site should be established for oleoresin tapping.

Mr. Tubal responded that all the insights and suggestions were noted and very much appreciated and WWRRDEC is open to rendering technical assistance to the requesting stakeholders.

ERDB Assistant Director Mayumi Quintos-Natividad, emphasized in her closing remarks the functions of ERDB, one of which is the implementation of science-based studies necessary in the formulation of policies that deal with environmental problems.

She also encouraged researchers to continue conducting relevant studies/researches that will benefit the people and the environment. C. Collado and C. Elias, WWRRDEC