The celebration of the Laguna Quezon Land Grant’s Foundation Day with simple program and festivities was started in 2001. This annual event was celebrated to commemorate the granting to the University of the Philippines portions of lands of the public domain for additional support and maintenance and for other purposes by virtue of ACT OF THE PHILIPPINE LEGISLATURE No. 3608 dated February 8, 1930. The integral part of the celebration is the planting of indigenous forest tree seedlings to help in improvement of plant stand in a small portion of the vast tract of LQLG land that has a total aggregate area of 5,729 hectares located at the boundaries of Siniloan, Laguna and Real, Quezon.
Two representatives from the Development Bank of the Philippines, namely, DBP Forest Program Development Team Managers Elaine B. Pagkanlungan and Mr. Gerald M. Bueno visited the DBP Forest Project sites at the Laguna-Quezon Land Grant Field Station in Siniloan, Laguna. The purpose of the visit on October 9, 2013 was to conduct inspection of the 200-hectare established project area on the Phase I of the project as well as the evaluation of the Phase II project site. Most of the transplanted indigenous forest tree seedlings for both Phases of the project are exhibiting good growth patterns while the agroforest trees for the income-generating component of Phase II such as the coffee and cacao became stunted when transplanted in the field.
Furthermore, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension has scheduled this project entitled “Watershed Rehabilitation and Protection of the Sierra Madre Land Grants (Phase II)” for review on November 4, 2013.
In connection with the collaborative NGP project between the University of the Philippines and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, two Senior Forest Management Specialists from the Forest Management Bureau, namely, Forester Evelyn Estrada and Forester Eufemia Ventura visited the Laguna-Quezon Land Grant Field Station in Siniloan, Laguna. The purpose of the 2-day visit on August 13-14, 2013 was to conduct inspection of around 700,000 nursery seedlings of the various indigenous forest tree species and fruit crops that were raised to be planted in 1,000 hectares of the UPLB-managed land grant area.
Said inspection activity is requisite for the second tranche release for the said project.
Since July 2008, the University of the Philippines Los Baños has been implementing a reforestation project in partnership with the Development Bank of the Philippines, a program called the “DBP Forest” which supports and encourages the forestation of open areas in non privately-owned lands through partnerships with target partners and beneficiaries. DBP is committed to increase its contribution to the conservation and protection of the environment and to simultaneously stimulate rural productivity through the planting and cultivation of relatively high-value trees and plants as well as the rehabilitation of coastal areas by planting and cultivating mangroves and sea grass. The Program Development Team, composed by SVP B. Brillo L. Reynes, SAVP Aurora C. Maghirang, Manager Elaine B. Pagkanlungan, Mr. Gerald M. Bueno and Forester Ariene C. Gregorio has given all the assistance and support in the smooth implementation of project activities.