CLSU-ICCEM Research and Extension Works continue amid COVID-19 pandemic

The project Coastal Resource Management integrating Coastal Resource Assessment and Valuation, Carrying Capacity, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Province of Zambales: A Systems Approach (CRMinC3DZ) recently underwent visitation and evaluation by The Commission on Higher Education Discovery-Applied Research and Extension for Trans/ Inter-disciplinary Opportunities (CHED DARE-TO) monitoring team at the Training Room, Biodiversity Center, Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM, CLSU) on March 3, 2020. The projects were presented by Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Engr. Eliza Camaso, Ms. Roann Alberto-Lao, and Dr. Gella Patria Abella. The monitoring team encouraged the research team to ensure sustainability of CRMinC3DZ.

                The CRMinC3DZ Project 5: IEC Production, Promotion and Technology Transfer is extended until December 2020 due to the cancellation of supposed trainings in Zambales.

Meanwhile, the P10M-DOST-PCAARRD granted research on Spatial Distribution Analysis of Leaf miner (Lyriomyzae trifolii Burgess) in Onion Growing Areas of Nueva Ecija using Geographic Information System (GIS), led by Dr. Ronaldo Alberto will end this September 2020. Its goal is to determine the spatial relationship and distribution pattern of leaf miner as well as the influence of temperature on its outbreak. Working with same funding agency, another study under the leadership of Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto is geared on the Development of Botanical Pesticides from Indigenous Plants in Selected Forest Ecosystems in Central Luzon. This P5M-funded project hopes to produce native plant-derived botanical pesticide that is more environment-friendly. The project will run until January 2022.

CLSU Academic Research Council also provided fund for the study on Spectral Reflectance of Trees at Central Luzon State University. One of its objectives is to utilize the spectral reflectance curve of the trees that can be used in characterization of trees in the creation of spectral library. The research team is headed by Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto.

The ICCEM, being a research-oriented unit of CLSU, has two newly granted researches. A P10M-project by CHED, Enhancement of the System for Agriculture and Fisheries Education through the Integration of Green and Remote Sensing Technologies Towards Food Security, Sustainability, Health and Safety of the Environment (SAFE>GRS>FOSHE), is being conducted by the team led by Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, also the Director of ICCEM. Roster of Project Leaders include Dr. Ronaldo Alberto, Prof. Roann Lao,

Engr. Eliza Camaso, Mr. Edmark Bulaong. This is in partnership with President Ramon Magsaysay State University (PRMSU) and Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU), as represented by Ms. Jo Adrianne Espiritu and Engr. Guiller Damian, project leaders. This project aims to innovate the deployment of agricultural and fisheries technologies to various stakeholders.

Another timely research on disasters and COVID-19, Dapat LIGTAS (Ligtas, Ingat at Gayak ang may Talino sa Amba ng Sakuna), is being pursued by the team headed by Dr. Gella Patria Abella. This is a collaborative effort from the different units of CLUS, namely Prof. Roberto Pelayo of ICCEM, Dr. Mercedita Reyes of College of Arts and Social Sciences, Prof. Evelyn Ben and Mr. Mark Christian de Jesus of University Science High School. It is under the internal funding of CLSU Gender and Development.

Despite the threats and challenges of COVID-19 pandemic, the research projects of CLSU-ICCEM are being pursued. Results of these studies would be the basis of informed decision of policy makers which is the impetus of the research unit.   

~ Gella Patria Abella~