SESAM conducts MS Environmental Science Orientation in UP Mindanao

MSES UPMinUP Mindanao to offer MS Environmental Science. The faculty members of the School of Environmental Science-UPLB and the Department of Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies-College of Sciences and Mathematics discussed the implementation of the MSES program in UP Mindanao. (photo courtesy of PJSanchez)

The School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) conducted an orientation and planning workshop for the implementation of the Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) with the faculty members of the Department of Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies, College of Science and Mathematics (DBSES-CSM), December 21, 2017 at the Lorenzo Hall, UP Mindanao, Davao City.

UPLB Chancellor, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., an MSES graduate of SESAM, led the UPLB delegation. Also with him were Dr. Decibel F. Eslava, Dean SESAM, Drs. Ma. Victoria O. Espaldon, Carmelita M. Rebancos and Patricia Ann J. Sanchez, faculty members of SESAM. They served as resource persons during the orientation-workshop. UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia B. Concepcion, Vice-Chancellor Nilo B. Oponda,  Dr. Cleto L. Nanola, Jr., Department Chair, DBSES and Dr. Dominica D.M. Dacera, Dean, CSM, led the UP Mindanao faculty members who attended the orientation.

According to Dr. Patricia J. Sanchez, the MSES adoption by UP Mindanao is currently in the planning stage. “It will be implemented possibly next semester, 2018”, Dr. Sanchez added.

“It was very promising that UP Mindanao gave their commitment to adopt it. The next step is for them to make an internal assessment to plan for the adoption. This is SESAM’s mandate to help capacitate the region in developing environmental science as a major discipline”, Dr. Eslava said.

The program will be similar to MSES offering at UP Visayas, which will start on January 2018. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, economics and other social sciences may be admitted to the program. 

NUS Professor is the first JESAM Editors' Series Lecturer

dr taylor 1Dr. David Taylor of National University of Singapore is first JESAM Editor Lecture Series presentor.

The Journal of Environmental Science and Management (JESAM), conducted its first Editors' Lecture Series presentation at the SESAM Lecture Hall, December 12, 2017. The first Editorial Board lecturer is Dr. David Taylor, Professor, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (NUS). The lecture series is part of the 20th anniversary celebration of JESAM.

Prior to joining NUS, Dr. Taylor was the Professor Geography at Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland (2001-2012), where he was also Head of Department (2001-2005), Head of School (2005-2008), Acting Senior Dean (2004-2006) and Chair of the Trinity International Development Initiative (2010-2012). For the past seven years, he has been a Member of the European Science Foundation (ESF) Research Review Panel. He has also served as Secretary to the Palaeoecology and Human Evolution Commission of INQUA (2003-2010); Member of the Board of Governors, Mary Robinson Foundation- Climate Justice (2010-2012); Member of the Governing Council: British Academy/British Institute in Eastern Africa (2001-2013); Member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Committee on Climate Change (2001-07) and the RIA Committee for Geography (2004-06).

A tropical palaeoecologist by training, with over 30 years of experience of fieldwork in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, Dr. Taylor’s research examines the human dimensions of environmental change. Most of his work and his most highly cited research papers, including articles in Nature– focuses on environmental, including climate, changes and the ways in which people and ecosystems respond to and interact with these at low latitudes in Africa and Asia.

Dr. Taylor’s presentation entitled “Past environmental changes recorded in lake sediments: warming- enhanced eutrophication in the seven crater lakes of San Pablo?” highlighted their fieldwork in lakes Sampalok, Yambo, Mohicap and Bunot. “We used sediment cores to get samples of trace elements and diatoms, which will determine the changes that happened in the lakes past 100 to 300 years” said Dr. Taylor. Based on their sediment cores, the samples on top of the tubes are the more recent while those at the bottom of the tube is the oldest. “The data shown more proliferation of trace elements and diatoms on the top portion of the core samples, it indicates the anthropogenic effects on the lakes in the past 100 hundred years, where there is an increase in population and activities”, Dr. Taylor added. These are more prevalent in Lakes Sampalok and Yambo, which are nearer to San Pablo City, with denser population, compared to Lakes Mohicap and Bunot, which are farther away from populated areas.

Dr. Taylor is willing to collaborate with local academic institutions like SESAM-UPLB, as he continues his research about the Seven Lakes. Currently, He has students from NUS and University of Santo Tomas conducting studies in the Seven Lakes. More than 60 SESAM faculty, staff and students, as well as the JESAM editorial team attended the lecture series.

SESAM joins ASEAN Forum on Urban Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Strategies


Ilocos-ERDBSESAM representatives of the concluded ASEAN Forum on Urban Resiiency to Climate Change and DRRM: Strategies (From left): Mr. Glenn Oca, Dr. Marisa Sobremisana, Mr. Ryan Cristil Real, and Mr. Vince Ray Escarcha 

Researchers from the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), University of the Philippines at Los Baños, together with the delegates from other member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) participated in the Forum on Urban Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Strategies held in Plaza Del Norte Convention Center, Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, last December 5-6, 2017.

Over 150 research and development experts from Southeast Asian countries attended the conference which provided a timely and fruitful discussion to attain urban resilience to climate change and disaster risks within the region

Dr. Felino Lansigan, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Science and Management (JESAM), together with other plenary speakers, delivered lectures on climate change impact assessment tools and methodologies, urban resilience and green growth strategies, and institutional structures, policies and programs.

Representing SESAM, Dr. Marisa Sobremisana, who discussed her poster entitled "Exploring the Potential of Waste-to-Energy under a No Incineration Policy", while Research Associates Vince Ray Escarcha, Ryan Cristil Real and Glenn Oca presented the papers entitled "A Review of the Integration of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in the Environmental Impact Statements of Public Infrastructure Projects in the Philippines; Urban Planning under Climate Change: A Policy Framework on Urban Agriculture as Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in Santa Rosa City, Philippines; and Sustainable Water Use of Residential and Commercial Buildings through Water Footprint Accounting", respectively.

The event was hosted by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ERDB-DENR), in collaboration with the ASEAN National Organizing Council under the Office of the President, and the provincial government of Ilocos Norte. (VR Escarcha, RC Real, GM Oca)


NUS Professor invited at the JESAM Editors' Lecture Series

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SESAM feats pillars, staff during 20th anniversary celebration

EPP tributeTribute to the Pillar. Dr. Enrique P. Pacardo (middle) was recognized during the 20th Anniversary celebration of SESAM. (From left Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., UPLB Chancellor; Dr. Decibel F. Eslava, Dean, SESAM; Dr. Ramon Docto, Vice President, Palawan State University (former advisee of Dr. Pacardo); Dr. Mari-ann Acedera, Director, Marine Resources Division, PCAARRD (former advisee of Dr. Pacardo); Dr. Serlie B. Jamias, UPLB Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs; and Dr. Ma. Victoria O. Espaldon, Professor and former SESAM Dean.

The School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) paid tribute to its founding pillars and awarded service recognition to faculty and staff during the 20th anniversary celebrations last December 4, 2017 conducted at the SESAM Lecture Hall and grounds.

The afternoon activity, under the theme “Tribute to SESAM Founding Pillars: Nurturing the Seeds of an Environmental Idea”, a tribute lecture was delivered by Dr. Mari-Ann Acedera, Director of the Marine Resources Division, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquaculture and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), and former advisee of Dr. Enrique P. Pacardo, Professor Emeritus, SESAM. Dr. Acedera recalled the best lessons she learned from Dr. Pacardo when she was taking her PhD Environmental Science course.

“Dr. Pacardo was perceived as kind but very strict… even in those times when I was having difficulty doing my dissertation while working, Dr. Pacardo was very patient with me”, Dr. Acedera recalled. Dr. Pacardo later thanked Dr. Acedera, the students and his SESAM family for the recognition.

Dr. Asa Sajise, professor of the College of Economics and Management (CEM), delivered the response of  his father aand another SESAM pillar, Dr. Percy E. Sajise, who is currently recovering from a medical procedure. Dr. Asa, said his dad would have been very happy to attend the anniversary celebration and he just sent his regards and congratulations to SESAM. Dr. Sajise was supposedly be given a tribute lecture by Dr. Mailiza V. Ticsay, Head, Knowledge Resources Unit, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), however she did not make it due to a family emergency.

SESAM Anniv guests Words of inspiration(Top) UPLB Chancellor Sanchez and Former UPLB Chancellor Ruben Villareal; (Bottom) Los Baños Mayor Ceasar P. Perez and Provincial Administrator Dulce Rebanal, during the 20th anniversary of SESAM last December 4, 2017.

Meanwhile, during the evening cocktails and service awards ceremony, SESAM’s partners were also recognized. Local leaders such as Hon. Ceasar P. Perez, Mayor, Municipality of Los Baños and Atty. Dulce Rebanal, Provincial Administrator of Laguna (representing Governor Ramil Hernandez), delivered inspirational messages to SESAM.  These leaders hope that there will be more collaboration with SESAM in the future. SESAM was commissioned by the Provincial Government of Laguna to craft the Laguna Environmental Code (E-code).

Also giving his congratulatory message was former Chancellor Ruben Villareal, who was then the UPLB chancellor in 1997 when SESAM was elevated into a School. “Since the 70s, environmental science was already in my mind… I already thought about the need for the PESAM program to expand” Dr. Villareal stressed. For his part, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, UPLB Chancellor and also SESAM alumni, said that it high time for SESAM to help develop other State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) their environmental science programs. “I think the next thing SESAM must do in the next 20 years is we must go out, to help other SUCs in their Environmental Science programs”.

Also in the evening, with theme “The SESAM Oikos: Family, Service and Loyalty”, length-of-service awards were given to faculty and staff. There were more than 100 guests, students, UPLB officials and SESAM alumni attended the whole-day 20th anniversary celebration.


JESAM Website launched at SESAM’s 20th Anniversary


FPL-JESAM"JESAM is the pride of SESAM" says Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, JESAM Editor-in-Chief.

The Journal of Environmental Science and Management (JESAM) officially launched its new website during the 20th anniversary of the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) last December 4, 2017 at SESAM grounds.

The launching was the first activity of SESAM’s 20th anniversary with the theme “environmental science as a system science: feasting on applications and solutions”. Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Editor-in-Chief, JESAM presented the updates about JESAM and its milestones through the years. “JESAM is SESAM’s pride…, we are proud to say that the journal has now the highest impact factor among UPLB journals with 0.323”, Dr. Lansigan said.

Dr. Lansigan also announced that JESAM will publish its 20th anniversary special issue next year and will also hold the JESAM Editorial Board Lecture Series. Dr. David Mark Taylor, Professor of Tropical Environmental Change and Provost's Chair Professor in the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (NUS), will deliver the first lecture series on December 12, 2017 at SESAM.

JESAM launchWebsite launch. Dr. Decibel F. Eslava, Dean, SESAM led the launching of the new JESAM website, as Drs. Rico C. Ancog, Enrique P. Pacardo, Felino P. Lansigan, Leonardo M. Florece, Ma. Victoria O. Espaldon, and Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez looks on.

Meanwhile, Dr. Rico C. Ancog, Managing Editor, JESAM demonstrated the new JESAM website, which features online submission of articles and input of peer reviews. “Beginning today, we will accept only electronic submissions of your articles, it is easy to use and you can track the status of your submission”, Dr. Ancog stressed. Aside from the online submission, all published articles from all issues can be downloaded for free. Visit the new JESAM website at

Aside from Drs. Lansigan and Ancog, the other team members of JESAM are Mr. Thaddeus P. Lawas, Production Editor, Dr. Loucel E. Cui, Ms. Alma Lorelei D. Abejero and Cherry S. Padilla, Editorial Assistants.

JESAM is an international peer-reviewed scientific journal produced semi-annually in print and online by SESAM-UPLB. It is abstracted and indexed by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters Web of Science), Elsevier Sciverse-Scopus, ASEAN Citation Index, Center for Agriculture and Biosciences International and Commission on Higher Education Journal Incentive Program (CHED-JIP).