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). 

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SESAM’s PhilCORA project presents results in a conservation conference in New York

Philcora NY1Participants of the SCCS 2017 at the American Museum of Natural History,  New York

The PhilCORA coral reef rehabilitation impact assessment project of the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) took part in the 8th Annual Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) held at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York, USA last 11-13 October 2017. The conference was hosted by the Center of Biodiversity and Conservation of AMNH, and the only international conference series designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career professionals pursuing the field of conservation science. The 3-day international conference was participated in by more than 100 graduate students and young professionals from different universities around the world, and along with 65 advisors, reviewers, and mentors.

With assistant professor Dr. Rico Ancog as the project lead, PhilCORA is a pioneering undertaking aimed at evaluating the coral transplantation technology that was tested by the Filipinnovation Program of DOST-PCAARRD in selected degraded reef ecosystems in the Philippines. Overall the project aims to analyze the biophysical impacts of the coral transplantation technology and its subsequent effect to the economic and social aspects of coastal communities in the Philippines particularly in Mabini in Batangas, Panglao in Bohol, Boracay in Aklan and in Tawi-tawi.

In behalf of the PhilCORA team, Christina Corales and Annelyn Balatayo, PhilCORA research associates and students at SESAM, were selected to present a paper arguing that the timing and equity considerations of the costs and benefits of conservation need to be clearly ascertained and carefully choreographed. This is important specially in a country like the Philippines where less than 5% of its coral cover is in pristine condition amidst its perceived status as “the center of the center of marine biodiversity” while majority have been perennially poor. The paper noted the willingness of stakeholders to pay more than current environmental fees in their areas, thereby providing more support for coral rehabilitation and conservation efforts. Likewise, the PhilCORA Team related how environmental analysis could be significantly improved by combining economic valuation techniques with biophysical assessment and stakeholders engagement.

SESAM posters, paper bag top awards during the PNEE Int'l conference

best paper and posterBest posters and paper. Mr. Jonathan Makuroy (left) won 2nd best poster; Ms. Ann Clarisse Siababa (middle) won the best poster; Mr. Aldous Bertrand Santillan (right) won best the paper award during the 10th PNEE international conference and scentific meeting at the Tarlac Agricultural University, Camiling, Tarlac.

The competing posters and paper by SESAM faculty, researchers and students won the top awards during the 10th International Conference and Scientific Meeting of the Philippine Network of Educators on the Environment (PNEE) this October 24 to 26, 2017, held at Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU), Camiling, Tarlac.

The poster entitled "Monitoring Heavy Metal Contamination Using Environmental Magnetic Proxies”, by Mr. Melanio Louie Cunanan, Ms. Ann Clarisse SV. Siababa, Dr. Decibel F. Eslava, Mr. Jonathan T. Macuroy, Dr. Bechaida D. Payot, Mr. Juan Miguel Guotana, Dr. Loucel E. Cui, Dr. Carla B. Dimalanta and Dr. Ma. Victoria O. Espaldon won first place, while the poster entitled "Comparative Analysis and Validation of Five Different Gridded Precipitation Datasets in Modeling Streamflow in Selected Watersheds in Laguna de Bay” by Mr. Macuroy, Dr. Eslava, Ms.  Siababa and Dr. Espaldon won second place. Both posters are based on the studies under the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) Program of SESAM-UPLB.

Meanwhile, the paper entitled "GIS-Based Analysis of Urbanization and Water Quality Trends in Laguna de Bay" by Mr. Bertrand Aldous L. Santillan and Jeffrey Andrew Losioso was awarded best paper. Mr. Santillan and Mr. Losioso are both Master of Environmental Science students at SESAM.

About 200 participants from state colleges and universities, government agencies and private higer education institutions attended the conference. Aside from paper and poster presentations from the faculty, REPS and students, SESAM also promoted the Journal of Environmental Science and Mangement (JESAM) and gave free complimentary copies of the journal to the participants during the conference.






SESAM joins 10th PNEE International Conference

IMG 6186Dr. Andrew E. Tan, PNEE President and SESAM alumnus, formally opened the 10th PNEE at Tarlac Agricultural University, Camiling, Tarlac.

The School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) participated in the 10th International Conference and Scientific Meeting of the Philippine Network of Educators on the Environment (PNEE) this October 24 to 26, 2017, held at Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU), Camiling, Tarlac.

With the theme “Environmental Education for Sustainable Development Innovations and Solutions”, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquaculture and Natural Resources Research and Development-Department of Science and Technology (PCAARRD-DOST) supports this year’s PNEE conference.

Dr. Andrew E. Tan, President, PNEE and Carlos Hilado State College, Negros Occidental and SESAM alumnus, said he is confident that the speakers for the three-day event will be sharing more information on technological advancement and its sustainability. For his part, Dr. Max Guillermo, President of TAU, also a SESAM alumnus, expressed his gratitude to the PNEE board for selecting TAU as this year’s host.

Hon. Erlan C. Agustin, Mayor, Camiling, Tarlac, welcomed all the guests and he is pleased to have this international conference to held in his town and he hopes that Camiling, Tarlac will also benefit from the technology being developed by state college and universities.

On her behalf, the message of Dr. Decibel F. Eslava, dean of SESAM, was delivered by Dr. Rico C. Ancog, Professor, SESAM. In her message, she encouraged the PNEE as environmental educators to continue to teach us the process of weighing sides through critical thinking. Dr. Ancog is concurrently the Secretary of PNEE and SESAM is the host of the PNEE secretariat.

Among the papers presented by SESAM is the research of Dr. Loucel E. Cui, University Research Associate II, entitled “Knowledge and Training Needs of Filipino Farmers: SARAI TNA Survey Results”. This paper is co-authored with Dr. Eslava, Ms. Rosemarie Laila D. Areglado, Ms. Maria Regina V. Regalado, Dr. Ma. Victoria O. Espaldon and Dr. Yusof A. Sucol. Also presented is the paper entitled “Evaluation of Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness and Response Projects in the Municipalities Under the WFP-DPR Programme in Four Towns in Sorsogon”, authored by Mr. Thaddeus P. Lawas, Ms. Alma Lorelei D. Abejero, Mr. Simplicio Q. Veluz, Ms. Minji Na and Ms. Ailynn A. Gonzales; “Biological Invasion: Concepts and Criteria for Determining Bio-invasiveness of Invasive Alien Species (IAS)” authored by Dr. Leonardo M. Florece, For. Sofia A. Alaira, Ms. Evangeline L. Alcantara and Ms. Ma. Luisa G. Mendoza; “Determining the Solid Waste Diversion and Disposal Requirement for Improved Solid Waste Management of an Agricultural Municipality: the Case of General Nakar, Quezon”, authored by Mr. Ryan Cristil R. Real, Mr. Timothy John A. Pasicolan,, Ms. Clarissa D. Ruzol, Ms. Kathleen Joy O. Soriano, Ms. Chardy Joy B. Ilagan, Ms. Stella Grace P. Aclan and Dr. Ancog; “Enhancing Flood Regulation Potential of a Protected Area Through Buffer Zone Conservation: are Households Willing to Pay for it?” by Dr. Ancog, Ms. Josephine Bo, Ms. Karen Burdeos, Mr. Melchor Deponio, Ms. Aileen Jara, Mr. James Leyte, Mr. Efren Linan, Mr. Junser Magpantay, Mr. Glenn Oca, Ms. Elizabeth Ompad, Ms. Maripres Sarinas and Ms. Armi Torres.

Aside from papers, SESAM faculty and researchers also joined the poster presentations. The poster entitled “ Comparative Analysis and Validation of Five Different Gridded Precipitation Datasets in Modeling Streamflow in Selected Watersheds in Laguna de Bay” by Mr. Jonathan T. Macuroy, Dr. Eslava, Ms. Ann Clarisse SV. Siababa and Dr. Espaldon; “Digital Age and the Rural Farmers in the Philippines”, by Ms. Areglado, Dr. Eslava, Dr. Cui, Ms. Regalado, Dr. Espaldon and Dr. Yusof; “Monitoring Heavy Metal Contamination Using Environmental Magnetic Proxies”, by Mr. Melanio Louie Cunanan, Ms. Siababa, Dr. Eslava, Mr. Macuroy, Dr. Bechaida D. Payot, Mr. Juan Miguel Guotana, Dr. Cui, Dr. Carla B. Dimalanta and Dr. Espaldon; “The Fish that we eat and the Jobus Dye: Know What can Harm us and the Environment”, by Dr. Sucol, Dr. Eslava and Dr. Carmelita M. Rebancos; and “Visioning and Socio-Ecological Systems Assessment Through Community-led Scenario Building for South Bay Communities of Laguna Lake, Province of Laguna, Philippines”, by Dr. Espaldon, Ms. Siababa, Dr. Rebancos, For. Alaira, Mr. Gene Laurence B. Dimasuay and Mr. Celso L. Tatlonghari.

There were 117 papers and 72 posters presented during the conference. As part of the event, the participants will be treated to an island-hopping tour at the Hundred Islands, Alaminos, Pangasinan on the last day of the conference.