The Mines and Geosciences Bureau XII organized a 2-day training workshop on Bamboo and Ornamental Planting in partnership with the Tribal Mining Corporation (TMC) and Municipal Tourism Office of T’boli on November 3-4, 2021, at Brgy. Poblacion, T’boli, South Cotabato.
The training participants were women from Barangays of Desawo, Kematu, Poblacion, and Edwards in T’boli. Mr. Rodel E. Hilado,RSW, MDMG, Senior Tourism Officer of T’boli facilitated the said activity. A rationale of the activity was presented by Mr. Hilado as he also presented the different types of Hubs that includes Bamboo Hubs, Ornamental Hubs Fruit Bearing Tree Hub, Seedlings Hub and Community Garden.
Mr. Gene Tolondon from the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of T’boli discussed the importance of Bamboo and how significant it can be to the environment. He also proceeded in executing an actual bamboo sprouts cuttings and how it should be planted. As a support of MENRO to the activity, they had given bamboo seedlings to the participants and encourage them to plant it in their backyards.
Meanwhile, Mr. Hilado discussed topics on Ornamental Edible Project. He also introduced about agritourism and its goals. He emphasized that agritourism is an enterprise that provides experiences for visitors that can stimulates economic activity and impacts both farm and community. He also presented edible landscaping that are crop productions that can be done innovatively and creatively.
“Landscape is the relationship of soil and plants with aesthetic value while Garden is a collection of flowers, ornamentals, vegetation or fruits in a piece of ground.” Mr. Hilado said as he discussed Landscaping and Garden Concepts.
Furthermore, he explained the parts of a landscaping which are the ceiling, wallings, and the ground covers. He also presented the Five Basic Garden Concepts that include Tropical Garden, Zen or Japanese Garden, Formal or English Garden, Mediterranean Garden and Aquatic Garden.
On the second day of the training, each barangay was given a task to sketch and create their chosen Garden Concepts. The participants have used the Brgy. Poblacion community garden as their assigned area. Another workshop includes marketing for the ornamental plants facilitated by Mr. Henry Joey Esperila III. He taught the participants on how to prepare and what to expect during and after a live selling activity through facebook application. The participants were instructed to bring ornamental plants and sell it on the said application. The live selling activity of the ornamental plants was sold out earlier than expected.
MGB XII supports sustainable development for the the community. The training enabled women to be equipped in creating a more beautiful community and an income generating activity.