SESAM orients new students

CMR orientation

Dr. Carmelita M. Rebancos, Professor, thanked all students who attended the SESAM orientation.


The School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), in cooperation with the UPLB Environmental Science Society (ENVISOC) conducted a back-to-back orientation and general assembly, September 08, 2017 at SESAM Lecture Hall.


Dr. Carmelita Rebancos, Professor and Chair, Program for Instruction, expressed her appreciation to all students who enrolled in the MS and PhD environmental science program. She told the students to study hard, focus and wished all students to have a pleasant time conducting their graduate studies and enjoy their stay at SESAM. 


Mr. Bertrand Aldous L. Santillan, auditor of UPLB ENVISOC, introduced the faculty members of SESAM, as well as the current programs and projects being conducted by the school. On her part, Dr. Loucel E. Cui, a University Research Associate II, introduced SESAM’s teaching laboratories and the policies covering its utilization and access for SESAM students.


The UPLB Envisoc, now in its 10th year, aims to be a functional organization of the SESAM students. Ms. Mylene L. Magistrado, president of the UPLB ENVISOC, is currently taking her MS environmental science. "We currently have 30 active members of the society", said Ms. Magistrado.


During the assembly, Mr. Gerald M. Salas, MS Environmental Science student and current vice president of the society, stressed that the organization is also in-line with the mandates of SESAM. He also encouraged other SESAM students, including the foreigners to join the society.


More than 50 students and SESAM faculty and staff attended the activity. 



CHED awards JESAM as among the country’s top journals

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The Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has recognized the Journal of Environmental Science and Management (JESAM) as among its Higher Education Institution (HEI) journals through its Journal Incentive Program (JIP). The declaration was made official through CHED Memorandum Order No. 66, Series of 2017, which took effect on August 8, 2017.

Being an international peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly journal indexed in Web of Science (WoB) Thomson Reuters and Sciverse-Scopus, JESAM was conferred the Journal Challenge (JC) grant and will be awarded PhP500,000.00 financial support every year for three years (2017-2019). Among others, JESAM will also be provided with the necessary technical support for online article submission, refereeing, and manuscript tracking including endorsement to library subscriptions, etc.

Based on the Journal Citation Reports® 2016, JESAM’s Impact Factor (IF) has increased to 0.323 in 2016 from 0.146 in 2015, 0.250 in 2014, 0.103 in 2013, and 0.179 in 2012 resulting to a five-year IF of 0.400 and the highest that it has achieved in that five-year period. Impact Factor is a quantitative tool of Thomson Reuters to evaluate peer-reviewed journals by “measuring the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular period.” A journal’s annual impact factor is computed using the “ratio between citations and recent citable items published”.

JESAM is a publication of the University of the Philippines Los Baños through the School of Environmental Science and Management. Regular issues are released every June and December while thematic special issues covering topics that are also relevant to solving environmental problems are published occasionally. More information about JESAM may be accessed via  and (Cherry Sy Padilla).

New Research Opportunities and Partnerships at the 2nd ICES

dr solidumNew research opportunities. Dr. Renato U. Solidum, DOST Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS Director encouraged the academe to explore new ventures under the harmonized Research and Development Agenda for DRRM and CCA for 2017-2022.


Environmental scientists, professors, researchers and students gathered in the two-day 2nd International Conference on Environmental Science at the New College of Arts and Sciences (NCAS) Auditorium, August 3 to 4, 21017.

This year’s host, the School of Environmental Science and Management-UP Los Baños, partnered with Philippine Environmental Science Association (PESA), Office of the Institutional Linkages (OIL), Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), Forest Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), Oscar M. Lopez (OML) Center, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEAMEO-SEARCA), Philex Mining Corporation, Deutsche Gesellscaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbelt (GIZ), Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquaculture, Forestry ana Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), CBK Power Company Limited, Goldquest Biotechnologies, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS-UPLB), City government of Calamba and the Provincial Government of Laguna.

With the theme “Baselining, Yardsticks and Agenda-Setting in Environmental Science Research”, more than 400 participants and observers from state colleges and universities, government agencies, LGUs, international agencies, NGOs and private companies and organizations attended the conference.

Dr. Decibel F. Eslava, Professor and Dean of SESAM, expressed her gratitude to all partners and participants. “SESAM’s hosting of this year’s ICES is part of the activities of SESAM’s 20th anniversary”, Dr. Eslava said.

dr eslavaDr. Decibel F. Eslava, Dean of SESAM, expressed her gratitude to all partners of the 2nd ICES.

In his welcome speech, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Chancellor, UPLB said that environmental science is close to UPLB’s heart, as SESAM takes the lead in this field and it is part of UPLB’s mission as a research university. He also mentioned that UPLB is the first institution to a graduate program in environmental science in the ASEAN region. “We may not solve the environmental problems today, but this is a relevant forum on how we can continue R&D as an important part of our mission”, Dr. Sanchez stressed.

For his part, former SESAM Dean and current President of Siliman University, Dr. Ben S. Malayang said environmental research has been a collection of mostly disaggregated stories and inquiries of different aspects of environment. “I hope environmental science becomes both a science and art with an arsenal of reason and passion”, he added.

In his plenary speech, DOST Undersecretary and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Director Renato U. Solidum, said that the Philippines ranks third in the world in terms of high hazard exposure and risk, due to geographic setting and number of population. “We need science-based disaster imagination. It is like a boxing match, you have to study your opponent’s style, so you will know what will be your strategy in offense and defense”, Dr. Solidum stressed.

Aside from the plenary session, there were 24 parallel sessions with141 oral presentations and 45 poster presentations from various disciplines of environmental science in this two-day event. The next ICES will be hosted by the University of Eastern Philippines, Catarman, Northern Samar on 2018.

Conservation Scientist Coming to UPLB for the 2nd ICES

Keynote Speaker 1

James Cook University Professor Emeritus Helene D. Marsh will be lecturing on the 2nd International Conference on Environmental Science. Dr. Marsh is committed to inform interdisciplinary solutions to conservation problems and she will be sharing her long years of integrated research experience in managing and protecting Dugong population.

Dr. Ben S. Malayang III to attend 2nd ICES Conference

Keynote Speaker 2

Dr. Ben S. Malayang III, President, Siliman University and former SESAM dean will lecture on the 2nd International Conference on Environmental Science at the New College of Arts and Sciences Auditorium, August 3-4, 2017.

JESAM’s first issue for 2017 now out; tackles environmental pollution among countries


The Volume 20 Number 1 (2017) issue of the Journal of Environmental Science and Management (JESAM), a peer-reviewed international scientific journal, was published this June 2017. This regular issue features ten articles primarily on environmental pollution from five countries: Nigeria (1); China (2); India (2); Iran (3); and the Philippines (2).

Recognizing the importance of an effective pollution control system to address metal pollution in soil, the article from Nigeria presents a case in which the distribution of toxic metals in topsoil as well as their bioaccumulation in wild flora around a metal scrap factory was studied.

The two papers from China relate similar topic of addressing environmental pollution particularly on the desulfurization performance and mechanism of pyrolysis to address air pollution caused by sulfur dioxide, and on the degradation of aniline with bismuth oxyiodide (BiOI) which could benefit photocatalytic applications in wastewater treatment.

Similarly, an article from India explored the use of weighted overlay analysis mapping to identify pollution sensitive areas, while the other article examined the application of GIS to optimise solid waste collection. 

A paper from Iran, on the other hand, discusses the importance of evaluating the diversity and distribution of plant species for effective environmental management. The other paper considers the limit of urban capacity by evaluating carrying capacity using GIS-based model combined with TOPSIS (Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution) along with Fuzzy modelling in Geographic Information System (GIS) environ as a Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS). The third paper estimated the energy potential of solar radiation using experimental models and statistical relationships of radiation with other climatic elements.

In the Philippines, an instrument to measure School Adaptive Capacity Index (SACI) was developed to assess the institutional adaptive capacities of schools to floods. The other article looked into the transformation trends in an urbanizing landscape by employing landscape dynamics and GIS analyzed in the context of ASEAN integration.

The full articles of this and previous issues of JESAM may be accessed through and Hard copies of the journal are also available through subscription. Inquiries may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

JESAM is indexed by the Thomson-Reuters Web of Science (Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch®), Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, Current Contents®/Agriculture, Biology and Environmental Sciences), Elsevier BV Sciverse Scopus, and CABI. It is also accredited by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Journal Accreditation Services (CHED-JAS). It is published online and in print semi-annually by the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). (Cherry S. Padilla)