SESAM joins ASEAN Forum on Urban Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Strategies


Ilocos-ERDBSESAM representatives of the concluded ASEAN Forum on Urban Resiiency to Climate Change and DRRM: Strategies (From left): Mr. Glenn Oca, Dr. Marisa Sobremisana, Mr. Ryan Cristil Real, and Mr. Vince Ray Escarcha 

Researchers from the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), University of the Philippines at Los Baños, together with the delegates from other member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) participated in the Forum on Urban Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Strategies held in Plaza Del Norte Convention Center, Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, last December 5-6, 2017.

Over 150 research and development experts from Southeast Asian countries attended the conference which provided a timely and fruitful discussion to attain urban resilience to climate change and disaster risks within the region

Dr. Felino Lansigan, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Science and Management (JESAM), together with other plenary speakers, delivered lectures on climate change impact assessment tools and methodologies, urban resilience and green growth strategies, and institutional structures, policies and programs.

Representing SESAM, Dr. Marisa Sobremisana, who discussed her poster entitled "Exploring the Potential of Waste-to-Energy under a No Incineration Policy", while Research Associates Vince Ray Escarcha, Ryan Cristil Real and Glenn Oca presented the papers entitled "A Review of the Integration of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in the Environmental Impact Statements of Public Infrastructure Projects in the Philippines; Urban Planning under Climate Change: A Policy Framework on Urban Agriculture as Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in Santa Rosa City, Philippines; and Sustainable Water Use of Residential and Commercial Buildings through Water Footprint Accounting", respectively.

The event was hosted by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ERDB-DENR), in collaboration with the ASEAN National Organizing Council under the Office of the President, and the provincial government of Ilocos Norte. (VR Escarcha, RC Real, GM Oca)


NUS Professor invited at the JESAM Editors' Lecture Series

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SESAM feats pillars, staff during 20th anniversary celebration

EPP tributeTribute to the Pillar. Dr. Enrique P. Pacardo (middle) was recognized during the 20th Anniversary celebration of SESAM. (From left Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., UPLB Chancellor; Dr. Decibel F. Eslava, Dean, SESAM; Dr. Ramon Docto, Vice President, Palawan State University (former advisee of Dr. Pacardo); Dr. Mari-ann Acedera, Director, Marine Resources Division, PCAARRD (former advisee of Dr. Pacardo); Dr. Serlie B. Jamias, UPLB Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs; and Dr. Ma. Victoria O. Espaldon, Professor and former SESAM Dean.

The School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) paid tribute to its founding pillars and awarded service recognition to faculty and staff during the 20th anniversary celebrations last December 4, 2017 conducted at the SESAM Lecture Hall and grounds.

The afternoon activity, under the theme “Tribute to SESAM Founding Pillars: Nurturing the Seeds of an Environmental Idea”, a tribute lecture was delivered by Dr. Mari-Ann Acedera, Director of the Marine Resources Division, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquaculture and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), and former advisee of Dr. Enrique P. Pacardo, Professor Emeritus, SESAM. Dr. Acedera recalled the best lessons she learned from Dr. Pacardo when she was taking her PhD Environmental Science course.

“Dr. Pacardo was perceived as kind but very strict… even in those times when I was having difficulty doing my dissertation while working, Dr. Pacardo was very patient with me”, Dr. Acedera recalled. Dr. Pacardo later thanked Dr. Acedera, the students and his SESAM family for the recognition.

Dr. Asa Sajise, professor of the College of Economics and Management (CEM), delivered the response of  his father aand another SESAM pillar, Dr. Percy E. Sajise, who is currently recovering from a medical procedure. Dr. Asa, said his dad would have been very happy to attend the anniversary celebration and he just sent his regards and congratulations to SESAM. Dr. Sajise was supposedly be given a tribute lecture by Dr. Mailiza V. Ticsay, Head, Knowledge Resources Unit, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), however she did not make it due to a family emergency.

SESAM Anniv guests Words of inspiration(Top) UPLB Chancellor Sanchez and Former UPLB Chancellor Ruben Villareal; (Bottom) Los Baños Mayor Ceasar P. Perez and Provincial Administrator Dulce Rebanal, during the 20th anniversary of SESAM last December 4, 2017.

Meanwhile, during the evening cocktails and service awards ceremony, SESAM’s partners were also recognized. Local leaders such as Hon. Ceasar P. Perez, Mayor, Municipality of Los Baños and Atty. Dulce Rebanal, Provincial Administrator of Laguna (representing Governor Ramil Hernandez), delivered inspirational messages to SESAM.  These leaders hope that there will be more collaboration with SESAM in the future. SESAM was commissioned by the Provincial Government of Laguna to craft the Laguna Environmental Code (E-code).

Also giving his congratulatory message was former Chancellor Ruben Villareal, who was then the UPLB chancellor in 1997 when SESAM was elevated into a School. “Since the 70s, environmental science was already in my mind… I already thought about the need for the PESAM program to expand” Dr. Villareal stressed. For his part, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, UPLB Chancellor and also SESAM alumni, said that it high time for SESAM to help develop other State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) their environmental science programs. “I think the next thing SESAM must do in the next 20 years is we must go out, to help other SUCs in their Environmental Science programs”.

Also in the evening, with theme “The SESAM Oikos: Family, Service and Loyalty”, length-of-service awards were given to faculty and staff. There were more than 100 guests, students, UPLB officials and SESAM alumni attended the whole-day 20th anniversary celebration.


JESAM Website launched at SESAM’s 20th Anniversary


FPL-JESAM"JESAM is the pride of SESAM" says Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, JESAM Editor-in-Chief.

The Journal of Environmental Science and Management (JESAM) officially launched its new website during the 20th anniversary of the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) last December 4, 2017 at SESAM grounds.

The launching was the first activity of SESAM’s 20th anniversary with the theme “environmental science as a system science: feasting on applications and solutions”. Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Editor-in-Chief, JESAM presented the updates about JESAM and its milestones through the years. “JESAM is SESAM’s pride…, we are proud to say that the journal has now the highest impact factor among UPLB journals with 0.323”, Dr. Lansigan said.

Dr. Lansigan also announced that JESAM will publish its 20th anniversary special issue next year and will also hold the JESAM Editorial Board Lecture Series. Dr. David Mark Taylor, Professor of Tropical Environmental Change and Provost's Chair Professor in the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (NUS), will deliver the first lecture series on December 12, 2017 at SESAM.

JESAM launchWebsite launch. Dr. Decibel F. Eslava, Dean, SESAM led the launching of the new JESAM website, as Drs. Rico C. Ancog, Enrique P. Pacardo, Felino P. Lansigan, Leonardo M. Florece, Ma. Victoria O. Espaldon, and Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez looks on.

Meanwhile, Dr. Rico C. Ancog, Managing Editor, JESAM demonstrated the new JESAM website, which features online submission of articles and input of peer reviews. “Beginning today, we will accept only electronic submissions of your articles, it is easy to use and you can track the status of your submission”, Dr. Ancog stressed. Aside from the online submission, all published articles from all issues can be downloaded for free. Visit the new JESAM website at

Aside from Drs. Lansigan and Ancog, the other team members of JESAM are Mr. Thaddeus P. Lawas, Production Editor, Dr. Loucel E. Cui, Ms. Alma Lorelei D. Abejero and Cherry S. Padilla, Editorial Assistants.

JESAM is an international peer-reviewed scientific journal produced semi-annually in print and online by SESAM-UPLB. It is abstracted and indexed by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters Web of Science), Elsevier Sciverse-Scopus, ASEAN Citation Index, Center for Agriculture and Biosciences International and Commission on Higher Education Journal Incentive Program (CHED-JIP).

CHED awards JESAM the Journal Challenge Grant

IMG 6294JESAM receives the Journal Challenge Grant. From left: Dr. Napolen K. Juanillo, Jr., Director, CHED-Office of Planning, Research and Knowledge Management; Dr. Decibel F. Eslava, Dean of SESAM-UPLB; Mr. Thaddeus P. Lawas, JESAM Production Editor; and Dr. Angel C. Alcala, Chair, CHED-JIP TWG. The awarding was conducted during the CHED JIP Night of Excellence at the Crowne Regency Hotel, Cebu City.  

The Journal of Environmental Science and Management was formally awarded the Journal Challenge Grant of the Commission on Higher Education-Journal Incentive Pogram (CHED-JIP) last November 22, 2017, during the National Conference on Research, Innovation and Extension Night of Excellence at the Diamond Hall, Crowne Regency Hotel, Cebu City.

Representing JESAM to receive the award were Dr. Decibel F. Eslava, Dean of the School of Environmental Science and Management, and Mr. Thaddeus P. Lawas, Production Editor of JESAM.

During the awarding, former CHED Chairman, Dr. Angel C. Alcala, now the Chair of the Technical Working Group of the CHED-JIP, said that one of the aim CHED-JIP is to complement the research capacities of higher education institutions (HEIs). "We hope to encourage professors and researchers to publish their work in these CHED-awarded journals", Dr. Alcala said. 

The award is accordance with the CHED Memorandum Order 53, Series of 2016. The grant is three years and it is valid until December 2019. JESAM is among the 11 journals awarded under Journal Challenge Grant, which is a JIP category of Philippine journals with indexing of the Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Scopus. Journal Challenge Grantees will also a cash incentive of PhP 500,000 per year for three years from CHED-JIP.



JESAM publishes special issue on biofuels

Harvesting of Sweet Sorghum Sweet Sorghum Plantation

The Journal of Environmental Science and Management released its Special Issue No. 1 2017 with the theme, “Biofuels Research, Developments, Policy Formulation and Recommendation Studies in the Philippines,” sponsored by the University of the Philippines Los Baños - Interdisciplinary Biofuels Research Studies Center (UPLB-IBRSC) headed by Dr. Rex Demafelis, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension of UPLB. The Special Issue is in line with one of the Center’s missions of serving as a repository of data and information on biofuels research, developments, and policy formulation and recommendation studies relevant for the Philippines and other countries.

Featuring six articles, the special issue presents researches concerning the use of sweet sorghum, jatropha, and refined palm oil for biodiesel production in response to the search for cleaner alternatives for fossil fuels. One article reported that Jatropha curcas L. has the potential to reduce GHG emission by 11% using the current Philippine biodiesel blending of 2%.  The other papers discussed the optimum production of methyl ester from palm oil; some congeners in molecular sieve adsorption to optimize recoverable yield of ethanol; the potential of producing sweet sorghum juice and syrup using conventional sugarcane equipment; the energy balance and water requirement of a commercial scale ethanol production using sweet sorghum; and the shelf life of sweet sorghum syrup.

In addition to two regular issues released in June and December every year, JESAM also occasionally publishes thematic special issues subject to the journal’s standard publication policies after approval of proposals from proponents. The Special Issue on Biofuels is the 5th special issue of JESAM since it published its first in 2012.

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JESAM is published online and in print by the School of Environmental Science and Management in UPLB, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. It is abstracted and indexed by Thomson-Reuters Web of Science/Clarivate Analytics, Elsevier BV Sciverse Scopus, Asean Citation Index, and Center for Agriculture and Biosciences International. It is also accredited by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education under its Journal Incentive Program (Cherry Sy-Padilla).