SESAM Conducts Orientation for new students


Dr. Decibel Eslava, Dean, SESAM, told the new students during the orientation that "patience" is the key for the success of their studies.

The School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) and the UPLB Environmental Science Society (EnviSoc) conducted a back-to-back orientation and general assembly last January 30, 2018 at SESAM Lecture Hall.

For this second semester 2017-28, there are 15 new MS and six new PhD students enrolled in the environmental science program.

During the orientation, Dr. Decibel F. Eslava, Dean of SESAM thanked the new students who chose environmental science as their post-graduate course.  “Thanks for choosing to hone your knowledge and skills here in UPLB-SESAM”, Dr. Eslava said. She also told that the Office of the Dean and the Program for Instruction will always be welcome to assist them if they have a problem or issue regarding their studies. She also advised students to be patient with their studies, with the people they interact with, and even the facilities and equipment that they will use at SESAM.

Dr. Carmelita M. Rebancos, head of SESAM’s Program for Instruction briefed the new students with the policies, requirements, rules and regulations while taking the environmental science program. These include the pre-qualifying exam, subjects to be taken, cognate, written and oral comprehensive exams, thesis/dissertation and defense.

For her part, Dr. Loucel E. Cui, University Researcher II and current Laboratory Manager, introduced the SESAM Analytical Laboratory and the equipment available for student’s use.

For the first time in a SESAM student orientation, an anti-sexual harassment lecture was presented. Dr. Maria Helen H. Dayao, former head of the Office of the Anti-Sexual Harassment (OASH) and gender and development expert, discussed the coverage of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Law. She also advised the new students on how to interact and the behavior towards co-students, faculty and staff of the university. Dr. Dayao also discussed the possible penalties and punishment if an individual is found guilty of committing sexual harassment.

After the orientation, the UPLB EnviSoc, led by their president, Ms. Myleen L. Magistrado conducted a general assembly. Also present during the general assembly is SESAM professor Dr. Rico C. Ancog, Junior Adviser of the society.