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Monday, April 27, 2015

DENR-9 turns-over research center at Labangan town

By Claro A. Lanipa

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-9 formally inaugurated and turned-over the Forest and Timber Resources Research Center (FTRRC) to the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) in a simple rites recently held at Barangay Pulacan this municipality.

In a makeshift tent set up in front of the refurbished research center, Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable turned-over the key of responsibility to Antonio M. Dano, assistant director of ERDB-9.

In his message, Marcial Amaro, assistant secretary for field operations, hoped that the center would not just continue with what had been started in 2012 but continue maintaining, upgrading and ensuring that the researches are being done insofar as far as clonal preparation of planting materials is concerned to support the National Greening Program which will end in 2016.

It can be recalled that the clonal facility was inaugurated and started its operations in July 2012 with Assistant Secretary Amaro and Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo as the guests of honor during the said occasion.

At the start of the program, Ruben Tabora, head of ERDB-9 reported that the clonal facility had produced 20 thousand seedling in 2012, 30 thousand in 2013 and 50-thousand last year. It is now targeting to produce 90 thousand seedlings of various indigenous trees  this year.

Amaro also challenged the officers and personnel manning the facility to further enhance and work more seriously in the years to come.

Meanwhile, Assistant Director Antonio Dano of ERDB-9 in his acceptance message said, “ to us in the research sector, it is a reminder of what are we going to do. Our role is very important and the expectation of DENR from us is very high that we really have to support the program of the DENR particularly the NGP.

“With this clonal facility we are expected to produce quality planting materials,” Dano pointed out.

“It is a big challenge for us, with the expected target as presented earlier, we always emphasized that we want to produce  quality planting materials,”  Dano said.

Also in attendance during the occassion are Gil Ona, assistant regional director for DENR’s Management Services, and PIA-9 Regional Director Noemi B. Edaga as well as the entire staff of the facility.  Rev. Fr. Francisco Pintac, parish priest of Lantian officiated the blessing of the facilities and the motorcycles for its working force.