For. Conrado B. Marquez welcomes the BS Forestry Field Practicum students from NEMSU-Bislig and MSU-Naawan Campus in his welcome message.

After two years of lock-down during which classes were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, on June 27, 2022, the Forest and Wetland Research, Development and Extension Center (FWRDEC) finally welcomed new batches of BS Forestry Field Practicum students, including 35 from the Northeastern Mindanao State University (NEMSU), Maharlika, Bislig Campus, and two from the Mindanao State University, Naawan, Misamis Oriental.

In the opening ceremony, For. Conrado B. Marquez, FWRDEC Head, gave a short background of the Center as he mentioned that Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) is the principal research arm of DENR in which FWRDEC is among the six research centers and has the mandate to undertake research on the environment and natural resources specifically on the pressing concerns of forest and wetland ecosystems.

For. Marquez also emphasized the major function of FWRDEC on the RDE continuum in conducting research to generate ENR technologies, package them, and finally transfer them to different clienteles as such to this on-the-job training as an example.

He finally added that the center is very enthusiastic to accommodate the students since the Center is more than willing to share their new knowledge and learnings as well as showcase FWRDEC’s facilities and the services it can offer.

In the course of their training, a series of lectures were given such as (i) Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (ii) Carbon Stock Assessment (iii) Bamboo and Mangrove Rehabilitation and Nursery Establishment (iv) Nursery Propagation and Techniques (v) Proposal Preparation (vi) Introduction to Pathology and Integrated Pest Management, and (vii) Seed Collection, Processing and Handling. They were also exposed and assigned to different field and laboratory activities such as the Forest and Wetland Laboratories, Mindanao Forest Tree Seed Center (MFTSC), Clonal Nursery and Experimental Area.

Part also of their activity is the presentation of their weekly accomplishment reports.

Exposure of the students to different field and laboratory activities

Furthermore, as part of their expected outputs on this practicum, the students were tasked to prepare concept proposals which were just presented last August 4, 2022. Among the panels were For. Conrado B. Marquez, For. Dennis M. Gilbero and For. Renato G. Bacsal Jr.

However, most of the proposals had to undergo revisions based on the comments and recommendations of the panel.

Through these activities, the students are further expected to enhance their knowledge both in theoretical and practical learnings and at the same time, make them equipped for their future undertakings.

This practicum was finally concluded last August 5, 2022 in FWRDEC where the students were given 240- hour training certificates of completion. Conrado B. Marquez & Ciara May S. Magno, FWRDEC