Col. MoradosCol. Efren Morados, Chief of PPPD of OJ3, AFP, thanked SESAM-UPLB for imparting climate change resiliency knowledge to the armed forces.

The School of Environmental Science and Management-University of the Philippines Los Baños (SESAM-UPLB), in partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), conducted a resiliency seminar for AFP executives at Hotel Kimberly, Tagaytay City, December 4 to 6, 2018.

The seminar aims to enhance the basic understanding and appreciation on climate change-- its physical science basis, impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, and mitigation of Climate Change; Hazards, Risks, Exposure and Sensitivity; People, Ecosystems and the Environment; Assessment methodologies and advocacy strategies; Further, this seminar also aims to provide a lecture-discussion forum and insights on current policies and advances in technology and practices on climate change adaptation and mitigation (CCAM) and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM).

The AFP counterpart from the Planning, Policies and Program Development (PPPD), Office of J3 (OJ3) gathered commissioned officers from the different branches of the AFP-- the Philippine Army (PA), Philippine Navy (PN) and Philippine Airforce (PAF). As part of the their mandate, the AFP is also in the forefront of civil defense. The AFP has been a primary responder during disasters and calamities and is frequently deployed in disaster- and/or calamity-stricken areas to conduct disaster relief and rescue operations and provide missions for medical and healthcare services.

Col. Efren Morados, Chief of the PPPD, said it is also important that AFP officers, non-commissioned officers and civilian employees must be able to understand the effects of climate change. A master’s degree holder on National Security Administration, Col. Morados stressed the importance of this resiliency seminar for the future plans of the AFP. “Lets take advantage of this seminar, as this will give us an institutional memory in preparation for the next activities on climate resiliency of the AFP”, Col. Morados said.

Various lectures from experts of different fields will be delivered on this three-day seminar. Among those who will share their expertise are Drs. Leo Armada and Karlo Queaño, from the National Institute of Geological Sciences, UP Diliman; Drs. Jenelyn Padrones, Nathaniel Bantayan and Rex Victor Cruz of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources-UPLB; Drs. Decibel Eslava, Hildie Marie Nacorda, Ma. Victoria O. Espaldon and Yusof Sucol of SESAM-UPLB; and Dr. Rogel Marie Sese, Program Director, National Space Development Program-Department of Science and Technology.  

The seminar invited more than 30 AFP personnel. At the end of this 3-day resilience seminar, they are expected to have held and embraced a deeper understanding and appreciation on the concepts/views on climate change and hazards in the global and local contexts; and have pursued a participatory and dynamic lecture-discussion forum in getting potential knowledge to action programs for resilience building, and in exploring information, advocacy capacity campaigns within its organization and the communities that it serve.


Water forum Nov 2018

Participants of the Water Forum Series 2 at the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR) Auditorium, last November 12, 2018. (photo: Camille Agbay)


The University of the Philippines Los Baños Interdisciplinary Studies for Water conducted its 2nd Water Forum on urban and rural water last November 12, 2018 at the College of Arts and Sciences Auditorium. With the theme "Urban and Rural Water: Access, Sanitation and Governance", the main objective of the forum is to determine the status and challenges of rural and urban water in the country. National Government Agencies, Local Government Units, International Organization, Non-Government Organization and academe among others attended the forum.

Dr. Marish S. Madlangbayan, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development welcomed the participants. Dr. Patricia Ann J. Sanchez, Chair of the UPLB Water Center and Professor, School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), delivered an overview presentation, while Dr. Raden G. Piadozo, Dean of the College of Human Ecology, enumerated the agenda of the forum. 

Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences discussed the status and threats of urban and rural water resources in the country. He highlighted that climate change is one of the factors affecting water resources in the country. Water security issues include accessibility, availability, affordability, sanitation, governance and sustainability, he added. 

Ms. Rona Raisa Ramos of TySeven UK disccused community-based infrastructure and sanitation. She emphasized that the common problems in local areas are open defecation and low financing for water and sanitation facilities.

Dr. Damasa B. Macandog, Professor, Institute of Biological Science, CAS-UPLB, lectured on water transboundary issues in the case of Santa Rosa, Laguna. She higlighted the upstream and downstream connection or the ridge-to-reef concept in analyzing a watershed. She also added that there is a higher demand for water at the urban areas. 

Regarding the terms of water access and sanitation in urban and rural areas in Laguna, Engr. Virginia Fabros of the Laguna Provincial Health Office emphasized that there are programs and initiatives in addressing these issues but there should be a clear collaboration between various institutions. She also encouraged everyone not to patronage unregistered“sip-sip poso negro”companies. 

Ms. Crispina Muan of the Laguna Lake Development Authority discussed managing water resources in urban and rural communities, wherein she elaborated the commitments done by their agency. It includes environmental education, community-based people’s planning, information drive, massive campaign on waste segregation and zero waste and developing new policies for watershed sustainability. 

From the private sector, Engr. Christian Henry Lacson of Laguna Water District Aquatech Resources Corporation, talked about managing water system in some of the municipalities of Laguna. He highlighted that there should be a balance between services and tariffs. Additionally, they already have calibrated hydraulic models. 

The last plenary speaker was Mr. Rogelio Ocampo from the Department of Interior and Local Government, who discussed the local government initiative on water. The existing set-up of water institution in the country is fragmented, he added. Also, he said that there are too many policies that makes the LGU confused. Hence, there is a need for a unified implementation of existing policies and plans. 

Some of the suggested actions during the workshop is to create an apex institution on water to address the fragmented set-up of water agencies in the country and to implement of culturally-sensitive IEC. Also recommended was the compliance to international agreements and implementation of multisectoral capacity building and collaboration. (Jessa O. Aquino and Catherine B. Gigantone)

The UPLB Interdisciplinary Studies Center for Water Visited Angat Watershed for Possible Data Coupling

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The research team visited one of the rain gauges used by the Angat Watershed Reservation. (Photo by: Jessa Aquino)

The UPLB Interdisciplinary Studies Center for Water, led by Dr. Patricia Ann J. Sanchez, Professor, School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), conducted a field visit on the hydro-meteorological station in Angat Watershed Reservation of the National Power Corporation (NPC), last November 8, 2018. This is in line with the Balik-PhD project entitled “Ridge-to-reef Disaster Risk Assessment and Climate Change Impact Assessment of Floods and Droughts in the Agricultural Sector of Angat Watershed, Philippines”.

The agenda of the on-site visit is to see actual instruments used by the hydro-meteorological station in operating the Angat Watershed. As the project is on its experimental phase, the UPLB research team, together with Mr. Allan B. Cruz, a service engineer from BP Integrated Technologies, Inc. (BPIT), checked the feasibility of coupling with the instruments for data collection.

Mr. Mark Aguilar, the senior hydrologist of Angat Watershed and Mr. Manuel S. Lampitao, Jr. guided the research team in visiting the flood broadcasting and warning systems station, the actual rain gauges, and the Angat Watershed spillway. 

The said project will start on setting up the instruments that will be used to get data from Angat Watershed. (Vanessa Camille A. Agbay)

Everyone is cordially invited! Lecture on LCA of Bioethanol production

RBD lecture2 2018

Everyone is cordially invited on this lecture


SESAM co-organizes Workshop on OneHealth/EcoHealth Towards Sustainable Livestock Production in Philippines and Southeast Asia

1healthSESAM and SEARCA co-organized the OneHealth/EcoHealth Seminar last October 25, 2018.

Livestock production plays a major role in Southeast Asia as it provides food, employment and income. The demand for livestock products is expected to continue to grow rapidly due to population growth and increase in demand as affected by prevailing lifestyles. With the growing livestock industry in the region comes the challenges of efficiently managing it to ensure sustainable development. The livestock sector in the region faces considerable wide-ranging challenges that encompass the economic, social, and environmental components of livestock production. OneHealth/EcoHealth is a holistic approach to health that integrates the various dimensions concerning humans, animals, and the environment as one. Given that most of the challenges in the livestock sector tend to be interrelated, this approach provides for inclusivity among humans, animals, and the environment that would be essential in attaining sustainable agriculture and efficient livestock management.

The Workshop on Applications of OneHealth/EcoHealth Approach Towards Sustainable Livestock Production in Southeast Asiawas held last 25 October 2018 at Los Baños, Laguna, and jointly organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) through SESAM. The whole-day workshop started through SEARCA’s Agriculture and Development Seminar Series (ADSS) where Dr. Flavie Goutard, a veterinary epidemiologist and coordinator of the GREASE Network CIRAD-Thailand, gave an overview on OneHealth and EcoHealth frameworks as well as its theories and practices. It was followed by ILRI’s (International Livestock Research Institute-Vietnam) Dr. Hung Nguyen as he provided a lecture on the contributions of livestock research to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Southeast Asia. Afterwards, several case studies on the current applications of OneHealth and EcoHealth frameworks in the Philippines were delivered by Dr. Loinda R. Baldrias from the College of Veterinarian Medicine-UPLB, Dr. Emelinda L. Lopez from Bureau of Animal Industry-Department of Agriculture, Dr. Mary Grace B. Dacuma from the Institute of Biological Science-UPLB, and Dr. Rico C. Ancog, Professor, School of Environmental Science and Management-UPLB.

During the afternoon session, Dr. Ancog spearheaded the workshop proper to come up with a project proposal that would operationalize the OneHealth/EcoHealth approach and incorporate it across different livestock farming systems in the Philippines. Professors, researchers, graduate students, and representatives from government and non-government organizations engaged in the promotion of sustainable agriculture/livestock sector in the Philippines attended the workshop to discuss the gaps and challenges in the livestock sector in the Philippines as well as its potential solutions. This exchange of ideas among livestock experts will serve as a starting point for research projects focusing on OneHealth/EcoHealth management approaches towards sustainable livestock farming in the Philippines and its neighboring countries in Southeast Asia (Louie Paolo D. Leynes).