CLSU-ICCEM research team bags the Best Paper Award

CLSU-ICCEM research team bags the Best Paper Award

 

      

CLSU-ICCEM Research Team (L to R), Romnick Tagaca, Miguelito Isip, Dr. Ronaldo Alberto (Project Leader) and Ariel Biagtan, receives the Best Paper Award.

CLSU-ICCEM Research Team (L to R), Romnick Tagaca, Miguelito Isip, Dr. Ronaldo Alberto (Project Leader) and Ariel Biagtan, receives the Best Paper Award.       

         ICCEM research team, led by Dr. Ronaldo Alberto, bagged the “Best Paper Award” in the 51st Pest Management Council of the Philippines Anniversary and Annual Scientific Conference at Coron  Westown Resort, Coron, Palawan last July 2-5, 2019.

        The paper titled, “Disease Risk Map of Anthracnose-Twister of Onion based on Previous Disease Locations as a Future Predictors” was part of the DOST and PCAARRD-funded project, Surveillance, Detection and Mapping of Leaf Miner and Anthracnose-Twister Disease of Onion and Garlic in Nueva Ecija. Members of the research team also include Mr. Miguelito Isip, the paper presenter, Mr. Ariel Biagtan and Engr. Romnick Tagaca

         Forty (40) papers were evaluated and presented under the Philippine Phytopathological Society Inc. category during the conference to determine the three shortlisted papers. Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) and Bicol University (BU) joined CLSU as qualifiers.

         Another research group of Dr. Alberto, composed of Ms. Karla Trisha Alejandro, Mr. Kevin Christian Manipon and Engr. Romnick Tagaca presented the paper titled, “Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Pix4D Mapper in Monitoring and Mapping of Armyworm Infested Onion Areas in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija” under the Philippine Association of Entomologists, Inc. The paper was chosen as one of the finalists for best paper award.

Meanwhile, Mr. Jeremy Rivera, a graduate of B.S. in Agriculture, under the advisory of Dr. Ronaldo Alberto, triumphed as the PMCP-LeadsAgri Best Undergraduate Thesis Award in Plant Pathology for 2019 for his paper titled, “Extraction of Onion Fields Infected by Anthracnose-Twister Disease in Selected Municipalities in Nueva Ecija Using UAV Imageries and Object Based Image Analysis.”

All the papers, according to Dr. Alberto, ultimately aim to prevent crop damages and losses in Nueva Ecija and hopefully, in the entire Philippines.

PCAARRD grants P5M for Biotechnology Laboratory Upgrade to ICCEM

PCAARRD grants P5M for Biotechnology Laboratory Upgrade to ICCEM

PCAARRD grants P5M for Biotechnology Laboratory Upgrade to ICCEM

The Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) received a P5M fund for the proposed improvement of its Biotechnology Laboratory from DOST-PCAARRD Facilities Development Assistance.

The project was presented to DOST-PCAARRD on its 5th regular Director’s Council (DC) meeting on May 21, 2019 to assist in the upgrading of the laboratory through the acquisition of new equipment that will facilitate the implementation of the on-going project titled, “Development of Botanical Pesticides from Indigenous Plants in Selected Forest Ecosystems in Central Luzon”, funded by the same agency.

The project entails acquisition of new equipment such as, recycling HPLC, UV-Vis, incubator, laminar flow hood, vacuum oven, analytical balance, orbital shaker and plant growth chamber. This set of laboratory equipment will be able to detect the phytochemical components and chemical   compounds   of the indigenous plants responsible in the pesticidal properties of these plants, mass production of explants, modern media preparation and maintaining a sterile environment and standard laboratory practices.

Advantages obtained out of this project will far outweigh the investment of the government in the long run as this can stop damages caused by pests and disease in our crops value millions and uncountable pesos annually and at the same time reduced chemical and mycotoxin contamination in our food through the application of natural pesticides derived from indigenous plants. Further, food safety is achieved thereby increasing our competitiveness in the international market.

–EPBulaong

ICCEM conducts LCCAP Formulation Training-Workshop of Palayan City

ICCEM conducts LCCAP Formulation Training-Workshop of Palayan City
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff

                 The Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management conducted a 10-day training workshop on the Formulation of Enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) last March 18-22 and March 25-29, 2019. It was attended by the planning core team of the local government unit of Palayan City, Nueva Ecija with a total number of 27 participants. On Day 1, participants were welcomed and inspired by Dr. Renato Reyes, Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, ICCEM Director, enlightened the participants on the science of climate change and its impacts on agriculture, forest, urban, freshwater and marine ecosystems. She also discussed the adaptation and mitigation strategies to cope with climate change. The participants were oriented by Dr. Gella Patria Abella on the importance of integrating the LCCAP in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Days 2 and 3 were devoted to geographic information system (GIS) training, a basic tool in any planning activity, spearheaded by Engr. Eliza Camaso.

                 The planning core team eagerly participated and cooperated in the various activities necessary to formulate an LCCAP by going through the four (4) modules on Days 4 to 9: Module A: Getting Ready for LCCAP Formulation; Module B: Data Gathering, Assessment and Analysis; Module C: Planning, Prioritizing, and Budgeting; and Module D: Monitoring, Evaluating, Adjusting and Modifying. Greenhouse Gas Inventory, the additional feature of the enhanced LCCAP, was imparted by Mr. Edmark P. Bulaong. Other than the ICCEM faculty and staff mentioned, the training-workshop was facilitated by Mr. Hans Emmanuel de Guzman, Mr. Miguelito Isip and Mr. Cristopher Genaro.

                 On Day 10, representatives from each sector presented their draft plan. The training-workshop was made possible through the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and City Planning and Development Office, headed by Mr. Ferdinand Hidalgo and Engr. Margarita Angeles.

 

-GPLA

 

PCAAARD Grants P4.9M Botanical Pesticide Project to ICCEM

The inception meeting was attended by PCAAARD representatives, Dr. Nimfa K. Torreta, ISP Manager for Biodiversity and Dr. Leila C. America, FERD Director, CLSU administration headed by Dr. Tereso Abella and ICCEM personnel, Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Project Leader, Dr. Ronaldo  Alberto and Mr. Edmark Bulaong, Project Staffs, and Mr. Ronel B. Runes, Ms. Maria Angella Tolentino, Science Research Assistants.

The inception meeting was attended by PCAAARD representatives, Dr. Nimfa K. Torreta, ISP Manager for Biodiversity and Dr. Leila C. America, FERD Director, CLSU administration headed by Dr. Tereso Abella and ICCEM personnel, Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Project Leader, Dr. Ronaldo Alberto and Mr. Edmark Bulaong, Project Staffs, and Mr. Ronel B. Runes, Ms. Maria Angella Tolentino, Science Research Assistants.

     The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) recently held an inception meeting with the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) for the Php 4.9M-project titled, “Development of Botanical Pesticides from Indigenous Plants in Selected Forest Ecosystems in Central Luzon.”

     Fungal plant pathogens, insect pests and weeds infect, damage and compete with crops which could result in significant yield and income losses. Moreover, indiscriminate and overzealous use of synthetic pesticides pollutes the environment and poses health hazards.

     Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Director of the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) of the Central Luzon State University (CLSU), will lead this three-year project which aims to develop botanical pesticides from indigenous plants in select forest ecosystems in Central Luzon. The botanical pesticides will target fungal pathogens of onion (Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, Gibberella moniliformis, Botrytis cinerea and Aspergillus niger), eggplant (Phytophthora infestans) and tomato (C. gloeosporioides, Alternaria solani and P. infestans), as well as insect pests of onion particularly the armyworm and leaf miner, and green herbicides against Echinochloa sp. and Cyperus sp.

     This is the second phase of the previous project titled “Molecular Identification and Green Technology Development of High Value Plants in Central Luzon” under the Program “Integrated Research and Development Program on Biodiversity Assessment and Conservation of Selected Forest Ecosystems in Central Luzon” which was also funded by PCAARRD and was spearheaded by Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto.

~ Ronel Ruñez

CHEd Grants Php15M DARE TO Project to ICCEM

     Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) awarded Discovery-Applied Research and Extension for Trans/Inter-disciplinary Opportunities (DARE TO) Research Grant to ICCEM worth Php 14,997,759.60. The program, under the leadership of Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, is titled, “Coastal Resource Management integrating Coastal Resource Assessment and Valuation, Carrying Capacity, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Assessment in the Province of Zambales: (CRMinC3DZ) A  Systems Approach. The study covers coastal barangays of four municipalities of the province of Zambales, thirteen (13) from Palauig, ten (10) from Masinloc, eight (8) Candelaria and eleven (11) from Sta. Cruz. Having five (5) project components, namely: (1) Bio-physical Assessment, Socio-economic Assessment Carrying Capacity and Economic Valuation; (2) Disaster Risk Assessment; (3) Assessment of Climate Change Adaptation Strategies; (4) Coastal Resource Management using Gurobi software; and (5) IEC Production, Promotion and Technology Transfer, the program  commences this July 2018 and will end in June 2020.

Project leaders and staff of CRMinC3DZ received Certificates of Commendation from CLSU officials for enhancing the R&D capability of the University.

Project leaders and staff of CRMinC3DZ received Certificates of Commendation from CLSU officials for enhancing the R&D capability of the University.

     Dr. Alberto leads Projects 1 and 5 and is working with Dr. Judith Teaño, Ms. Shirly Serrano, Prof. Roberto Pelayo, Ms. Diane Shiela Castillo, Prof. Oliva Parico, and Prof. Alvin Reyes. Dr. Rowena Sazon and Mr. Randy Balaoing are project staff coming from the Partner HEI, President Ramon Magsaysay State University (PRMSU). Ms. Ma. Johanna de Dios, Ms. Roann Alberto and Dr. Gella Patria Abella head Projects 2, 3 and 4, respectively.

DOST-GIA and PCAARRD grant Php 10-M project to ICCEM

     The Php 10M worth project titled, Surveillance, Detection and Mapping of Leaf Miner and Anthracnose -Twister Disease of Onion and Garlic in Nueva Ecija, was granted by DOST-GIA and PCAARRD to ICCEM. “The main objective of the study is to detect early and monitor leaf miner and anthracnose-twister of onion and garlic thereby preventing crop damages and losses”. The project will be led by Dr. Ronaldo Alberto. The study specifically aims to detect, monitor and manage leaf miner and anthracnose-twister disease of onion and garlic in Nueva Ecija; generate updated topographic base maps showing spatial distribution of the different crops, leaf miner and anthracnose-twister disease infected areas; produce biomass maps which can be used to predict final yield; and mainstream the developed system for detection, monitoring and prevention in collaboration with the Regional Crop Protection Center-III and LGUs of Nueva Ecija.

Mr. Miguelito Isip and Mr. Ariel Biagtan, Science Research Specialists, will be working with Dr. Alberto. The said project will commence in August 2018 and is expected to end in November 2020.

DRRM, CBIEMP organized the conduct of 2018 Q2 NSED at CLSU

     CLSU participated in the conduct of the 2nd quarter CY 2018 Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on June 21, 2018, at exactly 2:00 P.M. This is in compliance with the mandate of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to hold a regular drill, adopting this quarter’s theme, Bida ang Handa.

     One of the activities of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), a program component headed by VPAd, under CLSU Community-Based and Integrated Environmental Management Program (CBIEMP), authored by Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto is the conduct of earthquake drills. This activity aims to raise the level of preparedness of CLSU constituents and prevent loss of lives.

Ms. Ma. Johanna de Dios, Chair of the DRMPHD, recording the data on the BEEP Drill Board.

Ms. Ma. Johanna de Dios, Chair of the DRMPHD, recording the data on the BEEP Drill Board.

     The drill was executed successfully in the Administration Building and units along Academic Avenue, namely, USHS, DepEd Laboratory, CHSI, ICCEM, ISI, OAd, CAS Annex and College of Education through the collaborative efforts of various offices under DRRM, namely,  ICCEM, PPSDS, USF, UHS, CERDS and ROTC. ICCEM’s Disaster Risk Management and Public Health Department (DRMPHD) actively helped in the organization of the drill.

     Reports from all the units regarding the total number of evacuees and casualties came in after thirty-two (32) minutes. Dr. Tereso Abella, University President, gave a report to the CLSU people and declared the situation back to normal. The drill terminated at 2:45 P.M.

~Gella Patria L. Abella

ICCEM Faculty as RS at NIA

     A seminar sought to foster the knowledge of farmers on environmental management to reduce climate change impacts was organized by National Irrigation Administration Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project Irrigation Component – Phase II, through the initiative of Mr. Alexander Coloma, Project Manager. Held on April 4 and April 11, 2018 at NIA CLSU Compound, the said activity was attended by officers and leaders of the Farmer Irrigator’s Associations (FIAs) specifically BACUNA, ANAMCU, BAGONG ANYO NAMCU, 4BC2, MMK and V8CN1. The participants came from the Municipalities of Nampicuan, Cuyapo and Talugtug.

Problems identified by the farmers were pest infestations (ulmog and black bugs), limited water supply and management of agricultural wastes. With these, they proposed to have a synchronized planting and composting.
Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, ICCEM Director, enthusiastically discussed and answered queries of the participants.

     Resource speakers included Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Dr. Gella Patria Abella and Ms. Shirly Serrano. Dr. Paz-Alberto, Director of ICCEM, discussed the Basic Concepts of Ecology and the Philippine Ecosystem, Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture, Environmental Management and Biodiversity Conservation. The Science on Climate Change and its Impacts on Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems and Relevant Environmental Policies were presented by Dr. Abella. Ms. Serrano explained the Principles of Sustainable Development and facilitated the Action Planning Workshop.

       Problems identified by the farmers were pest infestations (ulmog and black bugs), limited water supply and management of agricultural wastes. With these, they proposed to have a synchronized planting and composting.

FIA Leader ardently shared the action planning output of their group.

FIA Leader ardently shared the action planning output of their group.

~Gella Patria L. Abella

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ICCEM, CLSU conducted DAR Training for Central Luzon Farmers

     Seminar on Climate Change and Environmental Management for Department of Agrarian Reform-Region 3 Farmer Beneficiaries was conducted by ICCEM, CLSU in three (3) batches: November 8-10, 2017, November 15-17, 2017 and December 6-8, 2017. A total of 127 participants who are farmers, fisherfolks, officers of cooperatives and DAR employees coming from the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan and Aurora attended the seminar.

     Objectives of the said seminar are to raise the level of awareness and knowledge of the participants regarding salient environmental problems affecting their livelihood and to equip them how to make action plans to address those problems. The first two days involve lectures on basic ecology, climate change impacts on agriculture, forest, marine water, freshwater and urban and their adaptation strategies, sustainable agriculture, pollution and solid waste management, green productivity, relevant environmental laws, biodiversity conservation, phytoremediation and enviropreneurship. Resource speakers include Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Dr. Gella Patria L. Abella, Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto, Ms. Johanna J. de Dios and Ms. Roann P. Alberto.

     Day 3 engages participants in study tour at Biodiveristy and Agrobiodiversity Museums, RIC Learning Center, Small Ruminant Center and Philippine Carabao Center. Planning workshop was also conducted, wherein every cooperative was tasked to come up with an action plan to solve the problems that they encounter in their respective area. Action plans were then presented to the body for comments and recommendations of Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto.

Batch 1 participants formulating their action plans

Batch 1 participants formulating their action plans

     Among the environmental issues and problems identified by the participants were illegal logging, water insufficiency for agricultural activities, use of chemical in farming, pest infestation, burning of agricultural wastes, coral reef destruction, low fish harvest, water pollution, and others. To address these, participants identified activities such as reforestation, organic farming, application of integrated pest management, establishment of sustainable fish sanctuary, practice of the 3R’s, and strict implementation of existing environmental laws.

~Gella Patria L. Abella