MODECERA conducts Site Visit and Data Gathering in Bagong Silang

DSC 4878 MODECERA 1Ms. Jessica Tapia, Research Assistant at SESAM, interviews a housewife at Barangay Bagong Silang, Los Baños, Laguna.

Members of the MODECERA (Monitoring and Detection of Ecosystems Changes for Enhancing Resilience and Adaptation in the Philippines) research team along with some faculty and staff from SESAM (School of Environmental Science and Management) visited one of the eight monitored ecosystems of the MODECERA program at the Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve in Barangay Bagong Silang, Los Baños, Laguna last Wednesday, September 6, 2017. This visit was for the completion of the survey on socio-economic resilience study for the program.

The site was accessible through various routes. The team accessed the road entrance located along F.T. San Luis Avenue, Bay, Laguna. To reach the site, an hour long trek was needed. The area chosen for the interview, Purok 1, is a small community at the middle of the barangay where most residents of the barangay frequent due to the elementary school located there. A total of 35 residents in the purok were interviewed.

Among the respondents was former Barangay Councilor Esiong Dalma, who felt that Bagong Silang is still isolated 10 years after  the tragedy of Typhoon Milenyo in 2007. Despite the solar panels now giving electricity to the Barangay Bagong Silang Elementay School, he said it is not enough to give convenience to all students. "We hope our barangay hall also will have solar panels soon so we can have lights during the night and power up other equipment" said Mr. Dalma.

Solar power Bagong SilangSolar panels provided by Sunpower are now used to provide electricity at Bagong Silang Elementary School.

Questions asked were anchored on the five climate resilience index: physical infrastructure available, social coherence, economic condition, institutional integrity, and occurrence of natural hazards.  MODECERA project staff, For. Sofia A. Alaira, with other SESAM research assistants namely, Jessica Tapia, Laurence Dimasuay, Ria Gapaz, Henry Ramos conducted interviews with residents of Brgy. Bagong Silang. SESAM researchers Mr. Thaddeus P. Lawas and Simplicio Veluz documented the fieldwork. (Justine Angelo Lacson and Thad Lawas)

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.