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National Rainforestation Training-of-Trainers for the Visayas & Mindanao


Over the last two years of the pandemic, more people in the Philippines have gotten involved with planting trees but often lack the proper knowledge on how best to approach it. This field-based course is designed to train people from diverse sectors who are actively involved in or have plans to develop land rehabilitation programs using Rainforestation techniques. Through a series of lectures, field visits, and hands-on exercises, they will gain the knowledge and skills needed to establish community nurseries and demonstration plots. As trainers, they are also expected to take this knowledge back to their organizations and communities to guide others in the preparation and implementation of Rainforestation projects.


Day 1

  • Opening program
  • Introduction to Philippine forest ecosystems & biodiversity
  • Introduction to Eco-DRR
  • Rainforestation
  • Social impact of forest restoration
  • Field site visit to Cienda-San Vicente Farmer’s Association & Prof. Manuel Posas’ Farm in Marcos, Baybay City, Leyte

Day 2

  • Nursery establishment and propagation of indigenous forest tree seedlings
  • Fieldwork at Dr. Guiraldo Fernandez’s Farm in Brgy. Kambonggan, Baybay City, Leyte
    • Demo on the measurement of morphological traits of native seedlings
    • Monitoring and geo-tagging of planted trees
  • Field site visit to the ECHO Farm, Brgy. Bago, Bato, Leyte

Day 3

  • Lecture on the differences between exotic and native trees
  • Field site visit to Brgy. Catmon, Silago, Southern Leyte
  • Fielwork at Brgy. New Taligue, Abuyog, Leyte
    • Demo and wildlings collection
    • Potting of wildlings
    • Inoculation of mycorrhizae
    • Installation of wildlings recovery chamber
    • Lay-out and planting of native seedlings in watershed expansion area

Day 4

  • Field site visit to Brgy. Cabucgayan, Biliran
  • Exposure areas for Eco-DRR

Day 5

  • Presentation of re-entry action plans
  • Closing program