SESAM Conducts Student Orientation

SESAM student orentation 2016

Welcome new graduate students! The School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), in partnership with the UPLB Environmental Science Society, conducted a student orientation on August 31, 2016 at SESAM Lecture Hall.

Surigao Del Sur State University Hosts 2016 PNEE Conference

PNEE 2016

CHED Commissioner Dr. Ruperto S. Sangalang is this year's keynote speaker of the PNEE Conference and Scientific Meeting. PNEE President Dr. Andrew Eusebio S. Tan (middle, seated) and Surigao del Sur State University President Dr. Baceledes R. Estal (right, seated) also graced the opening ceremonies.

The 9th International Conference and Scientific Meeting of the Philippine Network of Educators on Environment kicked-off last August 23, 2016 at the Prospero Pichay, Jr. Gym, Surigao del Sur State University (SDSDU) Main Campus, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

With the theme “Linking Environmental Education With Climate Change Resilience and Green Growth”, this year’s conference attracted more than 150 professors, researchers and students from different state universities and colleges in the country, as well as representatives from the government and international agencies.

In his keynote speech, Dr. Ruperto S. Sangalang, Commissioner, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), urged participants to pursue researches in climate resiliency and make sure its outputs will really benefit the Filipino people. “Make sure the technologies you develop will benefit our countrymen”, Dr. Sangalang added.

Paper presentations highlighted the parallel sessions on day two. The School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) Research, Extension and Professional Staff (REPS) attended athe event presented papers based on their respective studies.

Ms. Loucel E. Cui, presented the research entitled “ Diminutive Freshwater Fish of Sta. Cruz River System, Laguna Philippines”, while Mr. Thaddeus P. Lawas presented a component of his project entitled “ Economic Impacts of the World Food Programme-assisted Disaster Risk Reduction Projects of 10 Municipalities in the Philippines. Dr. Marisa J. Sobremisana presented a paper entitled “Swine Wastewater Treatment Using Constructed Wetlands: a Review”. Dr. Yusuf A. Sucol lectured on “One Health in Action: Exposing the Potential Risks of the Fraudulent Use of Non-food Grade Artificial Dyes in Food Fishes”. Meanwhile, For. Sofia A. Alaira delivered a talk on “Diversity Assessment of Indigenous Tree Species in Mt. Banoi, Batangas City.

On day three, participants can join one of the two field trips arranged by the organizers. Participants can either visit the Enchanted River in Hinatuan City or join the island hopping on the Britannia Group of Islands in Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

Andrew Eusebio S. Tan, President of PNEE, said the organization is very grateful to its partner, the SDSSU for hosting the conference this year. For his part, Dr. Baceledes R. Estal, President of SDSSU, said the whole academic community of SDSSU is really excited to host this big event, which is also a big opportunity to showcase the beautiful province of Surigao del Sur. 

SESAM joins the NSTW 2016 at Bicutan Science Community


Grade school students trying to answer the surprise quiz on the "Now I Know too" interactive CD on climate change and disaster risk reduction and management. This is a product of the SESAM and the United Nations-World Food Programme project entitled "Documentation and Evaluation of Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness and Response Projects in Four Provinces: Cagayan, Benguet, Laguna, Sorsogon."

With this year’s theme, “Juan Science, One Nation”, the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) joined the 2016 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) held last July 25-29, 2016 in Bicutan Science Community. This event was simultaneously celebrated in all DOST regional offices and major offices in Bicutan, Taguig, Quezon City, Manila, and Los Baños.

SESAM showcased technological innovations, such as the Automated Weather Station (AWS) and an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Different kinds of rocks that originated across the Philippines were also presented. A microscope was provided so students can see closely on the rocks' structure. An interactive CD entitled "Now I Know Too" allowed grade school students to play and learn trivia and info about disaster risk reduction and management. Videos on climate change were also shown during the exhibit.

SESAM also had series of film showing on climate change, air pollution, greenhouse gases, and similar topics. Grade school students actively participated and answered questions after every video show.

"We hope to sustain the enthusiasm on science and technology (S&T) created by the past administration and work on what remains to be resolved for the benefit of even those who are on the outskirts of development", Dr. Fortunato T. De La Peña, the new  DOST Secretary, said in his opening remarks (

NSTW is held every July to give recognition to outstanding accomplishments and personalities in the field of science and technology.    –RM Areglado & Cherry Padilla

Project SARAI Conducts Training for Partner SUCs

SARAI training BSU

Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, UPLB gave an overview of the SARAi traing at Benguet State University 

As part of the initiatives of Project SARAI for its partner State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), SARAI Project 4, led by Dr. Decibel Faustino-Eslava, Dean of SESAM, together with SARAI Project 1 led by Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, conducted the SARAI Training-Workshop on Crop Forecasting using Crop Simulation and Cropped Area Estimation.

The training-workshop was conducted in Benguet State University (BSU), La Trinidad, Benguet last July 5-7, 2016 and in Caraga State University (CSU), Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte last July 19-21, 2016.

The training-workshop in BSU was participated by the consultants of SARAI and other faculty and researchers from SUCs in Luzon, including BSU, Bicol State University, Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Isabela State University (ISU), Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MINSCAT), and  Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU). The training-workshop in CSU was participated by SUCs from Visayas and Mindanao, including CSU, Western Visayas State University (WVSU), Central Mindanao University (CMU), Southern Philippines Agri-business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST), and University of Southern Mindanao (USM).

With an aim of having the participants learn the operation of crop modeling software and their applications to climate variability, water management, yield gap analysis, site-specific management, and other issues, the participants were trained on the use of software, such as Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT), LARS-WG Stochastic Weather Generator, and QGIS (Free and Open Source Geographic Information System).

“I find the software easy to use given the available weather data and other variables”, said Dr. Adeflor Garcia of USM.

Dr. Pompe Sta. Cruz also lectured on the techniques, with a sharing of his own experiences, in writing research papers for publication.

The training-workshop was done in partnership with the host universities– BSU with President Feliciano Calora, Jr., and CSU with President Anthony Penaso. (RM Areglado and Cherry Padilla)

SESAM-UPLB students present EIA findings to DOST

ENS 296 midterm 2016

The ENS 296 class of mid term 2016 presented the results of their study at DOST-Region IV PSTC office in Batangas City last July 21, 2016.

LAGUNA – Eighteen graduate students of the School of Environment Science and Management – University of the Philippines Los Banos (SESAM-UPLB) presented their analysis of and recommendation for the Provincial Science and Technology Center-Department of Science and Technology (PSTC-DOST) in Batangas City to key officials of the DOST Region 4A on July 21. 

They were also set to submit an Environmental Performance Report and Management Plan detailing the environmental impacts assessment (EIA) of the Center and the corresponding mitigation and enhancement measures.

Compliance with this part was required from the PSTC, which houses the Regional Volumetric Calibration Laboratory, offering calibrating and verification services for petroleum products, to secure an environmental clearance.

According to the SESAM-UPLB report, the most serious environmental issues involved in the calibration process are the accumulation of skimmed oil and the presence of oil spills.

To address such adverse impacts, the presenters developed several initiatives in four major concerns such as hazardous waste management; disaster risk reduction and management plan; health, safety, and security; and other concerns. 

A subject requirement for ENS 296 (Environmental Impact Assessment: Perspectives from the Natural and Social Sciences) under Dr. Rico C. Ancog, the study was conducted over a short period of six weeks from June 14 to July 20. 

For his part, DOST-4A Regional Director Dr. Alexander Madrigal, an alumnus of the UPLB College of Agriculture, lauded the presentation and complimented the students, saying that the project was “the best” they had seen so far.

Other key officials who attended were Assistant Regional Director for Technical Operations Dr. Lydia Manguiat, Assistant Regional Director for Finance and Administrative Services Bernard Soriano, and Supervising Science Research Specialist Emelita Bagsit.

PSTC Provincial Director Felina Malabanan and Science Research Specialist II/Pollution Control Officer Brigido Casanova also joined the panel discussion.

The team of EIA Preparers included Dianne Krizzia Allanigue, Rhina Boncocan, Angelina Bustos, Ma. Christina Corales, Ria Jhoanna Ducusin, Abel Fulgencio, Wesley Gagarin, Prince Couen Golez, Ma. Cherry Ann Gorgonio, Rodelio Idago, Aira Mae Mendoza, Agnes Morales Ren Divien Obena, Hannah Alexandria Ramirez, Eileen Redera, Angelica Fleur Umali, Leajim Villanueva, and Dennus Yamuta. (Prince Golez)

SESAM -WFP project delivers IEC materials to partner LGUs


Turnover of IEC

Turnover of IEC materials. The SESAM-World Food Programme (WFP) project entitled "Documentation and evelauation of disaster mitigation, preparedness and response projects in the municipalities under the WFP-DPR program in four provinces: Sorsogon, Laguna, Cagayan and Benguet", delivered the stickers, radio plugs, interactive CDs and videos to the municipality of Irosin Sorsogon. Project leader Mr. Thad Lawas (3rd form left) also awarded a plaque of appreciation to Irosin Mayor Alfredo Cielo (3rd from right) during the turnover of Information, Education and Communication materials last July 19, 2016 at at Irosin Municipal Hall.