Wednesday, January 10, 2018

DENR 13 takes over management of clonal nursery from ERDB

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 10 – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga has taken over the management of the Macro-somatic Clonal Nursery Facilities at Sitio Bood, in Barangay Pinamanculan, Butuan City from the Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) in a simple turn-over ceremony held at the nursery compound on January 9.

The ERDB representative and head of the Research Cluster Center in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur Forester Conrado B. Marquez handed over the important documents, including responsibilities to the DENR Caraga assistant regional director for Technical Services Maritess M. Ocampo, in behalf of OIC-regional director Charlie E. Fabre.

Also present as witnesses were the DENR Caraga Chief of Planning and Management Division Antonieta Jurado and the Chief of the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Nilda Ebron, the head of the clonal facility Rustum A. Aguilos and forester Rommel Arbolonio, who was expected to take over the supervision of the operation of the clonal facility.

In his remark, Marquez said the ERDB will continue to back up the new management staff of the facility even after the turn over until such time the DENR Caraga can fully handle the operation on technology development.

Marquez said the ERDB shall always honor the commitment to support the DENR being a primary stakeholder.

The clonal nursery facility can produce 300,000 clonal seedlings at a given time. It has a bamboo development facility developed by the ERDS.

Meanwhile, Ocampo said the DENR shall continue to improve the facility despite its limited budget for the operation. “We can put an additional budget for maintenance and improvement of the clonal nursery," she said.

The Bood Clonal Facilities was established 18 years ago by DENR Caraga through the Ecosystem Research and Development Service and First District Representative Leovigildo Banaag.

The tree seedlings planted by the previous DENR Secretaries such as Bebeth Gozun, Lito Atienza and several members of the Society of Foresters who came to Butuan City are now full-grown trees.


The city government of Butuan headed by former mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. through an approved Sanguniang Panglunsod (SP) resolution, has donated the 7,500 square-meters land where the clonal nursery is situated. (HFGallego, DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)