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 http://jesam-uplb.org/  and https://journals.uplb.edu.ph/index.php/JESAM (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

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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 http://jesam-uplb.org/issue.php and https://journals.uplb.edu.ph/index.php/JESAM/issue/archive. 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)

 

Experts Converge in Baguio City for the 2017 HFOD

DSC 6541aUPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez said the 3rd HFOD is a significant event for the academe and mining industry to discuss and collaborate to solve mining problems. (photo: Pol Veluz)

 

Baguio City. Geoscientists, environmental researchers, and other stakeholders from the academe, industry, and government sectors gathered for the 3rd Hunt for Ore Deposits (HFOD) conference at Venus Park Hotel, Baguio City, 29-30 June 2017.

This year’s HFOD conference is co-organized by the Rushurgent Working Group (RWG)-National Institutes of Geological Sciences (NIGS), College of Science, University of the Philippines Diliman and the School of Environmental Science and Management-University of the Philippines Los Baños (SESAM-UPLB).

This conference aims to discuss recent advances in minerals exploration, ecosystems valuation and management, and related topics on resource development and environmental sustainability. With rising concerns on the sustainability of the mining industry, this year’s conference will provide a venue for the presentation of best practices in environmental management, rehabilitation measures, socio-economic programs, and other such concerns that spell successes or failures for industry players. More significantly, the conference presents the best opportunity for elevating discussions to a level that will test theoretical insights against real-world complications, especially in the fields of social sciences. 

With the theme “challenges and opportunities for environmental sustainability”, Dr. Carla B. Dimalanta, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (research), University of the Philippines, highlighted the strengthening of the collaboration of UP-NIGS and SESAM-UPLB in her opening remarks.

In his welcome address, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Chancellor, University of the Philippines Los Baños, said that this conference is an opportunity to discuss issues, concerns and even solutions of the problems in the mining industry. “This is an opportunity for us to ask relevant questions and also collaborate for the sustainable use of mineral resources”, Chancellor Sanchez said.

For his part, Dr. Graciano P. Yumul, Jr. former undersecretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and current vice president of Apex Mining Co., Inc. said that despite the recent news of closure of mining companies due to the compliance requirements of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), mining will still continue. “There is a future need for metals”, he added. 

DSC 6566aDr. Graciano Yumul of Apex Mining Co., Inc. stressed the importance of the mining industry in the nation. (photo: Pol Veluz)

Aside from keynote speeches, there will be oral and poster presentations from professors, researchers and students. More than 200 participants attended this conference, which is supported by Apex Mining Co. Inc, Northern Cement, Nickel Asia Corporation, SR Metals, Inc., Philex Mining Corp., Macawiwili Gold Mining and Development Co., Inc., Macro Asia Mining Corp., Global Ferronickel Holdings, Inc., Itogon-Suyoc Resources, Inc., Sumitomo Metal Mining Philippines Holding Corporation, United States Assistance in Development (USAID), Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Cordillera Autonomous Region (MGB-CAR) and the Philippine Council for Industry and Energy Research and Development (PCIERD).