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

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

PHiL-LIDAR 1 CULMINATED WITH INVALUABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

     Another successful milestone of the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management, Central Luzon State University (ICCEM, CLSU) is its recently concluded project from PHiL-LIDAR 1 Program, titled, “LiDAR Data Processing and Validation in Luzon: Region III and Pangasinan” under the leadership of Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto. Said project is an expansion of the DREAM Program which aims to produce 3-D flood hazard maps of the Philippine river systems. Aside from addressing disaster risk and climate change, the resource information generated from the project will also be useful in providing necessary information for various sectors. It commenced in April 2014 and was concluded last March 2017.

Flood hazard maps turned over to Municipality of Morong, Bataan. L to R: Dr. Annie Melinda Paz- Alberto, Project Leader, Mr. Rodolfo Concepcion, MDRRMO, Engr. Balicanta and Mr. Uichanco.

Flood hazard maps turned over to Municipality of Morong, Bataan. L to R: Dr. Annie Melinda Paz- Alberto, Project Leader, Mr. Rodolfo Concepcion, MDRRMO, Engr. Balicanta and Mr. Uichanco.

     The 3-Year project produced series of 1D and 2D flood hazard maps from the processed LiDAR derived datasets. Corollary to this are exposure and vulnerability assessment of building extracted from LiDAR derived datasets, remote sensing application of the geophysical changes in the coastlines, and ecological profiling all covering rivers of Region 3 and Pangasinan. IEC materials and Phil-LiDAR website were also developed. Seminars on flood contingency and on importance of flood hazard maps were conducted. The generated flood hazard maps were then turned over to respective municipalities/cities so they can utilize them in their local climate change adaptation plan (LCCAP).

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto receiving the Best Paper Award (Left) and close view of the Best Paper Award Certificate (Right)

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto receiving the Best Paper Award (Left) and close view of the Best Paper Award Certificate (Right)

     During the 3-year project, the team attended several seminars and conferences where some members of the research team presented their research papers on LiDAR and remote sensing technology garnering some awards. Best Paper Award was given to Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto during the RSCy 2017 in Paphos, Cyprus for the paper titled, Remote Sensing in Detection of  Geophysical Changes in Talisay River, Bataan, Philippines Some of these research papers were peer reviewed and published in ISI/SCOPUS journals. Last December 5, 2017, culminating conference for Phil-LiDAR 1 Program was held at Novotel, Cubao, Quezon City.

~H.Carganilla

CLSU FLAG WAVED HIGHEST IN AN INTERNATIONAL STAGE

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto receiving the Best Paper Award (Left) and close view of the Best Paper Award Certificate (Right)

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto receiving the Best Paper Award (Left) and close view of the Best Paper Award Certificate (Right)

A new award has been added to the prime trophy shelf of Central Luzon State University (CLSU) through the PHIL-LiDAR 1 project under the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM). The PHIL-LiDAR 1 team led by its Project Leader Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto presented the research findings and won the “Best Paper Award” for the paper entitled “Remote Sensing in Detection of Physical Changes in Talisay River, Bataan, Philippines” in the recently concluded “Fifth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment (RSCy 2017)” held last March 20 -23, 2017 at Annabelle Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus.

The conference sessions and workshops include presentations regarding the state-of-the-art methods and innovative projects in various areas of remote sensing and geo-information.  The RSCY conferences are attended by over 200 participants each year.

Out of the stated number of participants from 35 countries which were composed of researchers, scientists, engineers, academicians, policy makers, directors, project leaders, software developers and young professionals from various universities, government agencies and private sectors, Dr. Paz-Alberto and her team emerged as the winners of the award.

Among the CLSU participants of the conference together with Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto was Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto, Project Leader of PHIL-LiDAR 2 who also presented orally their research findings and results. The conference was jointly organized by the International Scientific Committee and Cyprus Remote Sensing Society. (Ranilo Lao)

CLSU PHIL-LiDAR 1 and PHIL-LiDAR 2 present papers at 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS)

Project Leader of PHIL-LiDAR 1 Dr. Paz-Alberto (Center) together with CLSU researchers while showcasing the exhibit at ACRS.

Project Leader of PHIL-LiDAR 1 Dr. Paz-Alberto (Center) together with CLSU researchers while showcasing the exhibit at ACRS.

             Researchers of DOST funded projects on Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology at Central Luzon State University thru the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) participated in the 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing with the theme “Fostering Resilient Growth in Asia” at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Quezon City last October 19-23, 2015. ACRS was aimed to unite stakeholders around Asia to discuss about resilient ways in resolving environmental problems and disasters. The event was organized by Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS) headed by General Secretary Prof. Kohei Cho.

             Engr. Nicasio C. Salvador of PHIL-LiDAR 1 talked about “Community Based Watershed Monitoring System for Biodiversity Conservation” while Engr. Guiller B. Damian of PHIL-LiDAR 2 tackled “Generation of Land Cover Classifying Map from LiDAR and Aerial Image Using Object Based and Flood Susceptibility Assessment of Agricultural Areas”. Two other papers were presented by the PHIL-LiDAR 1 reasearch team particularly about the “Geographic Information System Assisted Flood Hazard Mapping of Bucao and Santo Tomas Rivers” which was presented by Engr. Bennidict P. Pueyo and “Remote Sensing Application of the Geophysical Changes in the Coastlines and Rivers of Zambales, Philippines” which was discussed by Mr. Edmark P. Bulaong. The conference was attended by 926 participants from 10 countries in Asia.

             The project leaders, Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto (PHIL-LiDAR 1) and Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto, (PHIL-LiDAR 2) being co-authors of the various papers presented joined the CLSU PHIL-LiDAR team during the conference. Other member researchers of CLSU PHIL-LiDAR projects  some of whom are co-authors of the papers participated also in the ACRS and they are as follows: Engr. Gloria N. Ramos, Melissa Joy M. Sison, Sean Russel R. Indon, Hanna Mae T. Carganilla, Jeremy Joel J. Barza, Eleazar V. Raneses Jr., Jose T. Gavino Jr., Christopher R. Genaro, Cenon Conrado C. Divina, Noah Z. Panuyas, Ariel R. Biagtan, Miguelito F. Isip, Engr. Klifford M. Orge, Mark Joseph C. Quinto, Romnick C. Tagaca, Arnel B. Celestino and Princess Joy C. Hernando.

ICCEM to participate in the upcoming 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing

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The LiDAR 1 and LiDAR 2 research teams of the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management will be participating in the 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2015), which will take place on October 19-23, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Four selected papers are to bring insights into the challenges and opportunities of Remote Sensing and related geospatial technologies in building resiliency and encouraging economic growth and development in Asia with the theme “Fostering Resilient Growth in Asia”. Three of the research paper are funded by DOST and one paper was funded by PCAARRD, DOST.

The following are the papers to be presented:

a.“Generation of Land Cover Classification Map From Lidar and Aerial Image Using Object Based Image Analysis and Flood Susceptibility Assessment of Agricultural Areas” by R. T. Alberto, S. C. Serrano, G. B. Damian, E. E. Camaso, A. R. Biagtan, M. F. Isip, K. M Orge, M.J. C. Quinto, and R. C. Tagaca of Phil-LiDAR 2 – Region 3 and Pangasinan. b.“Geographic Information System-Assisted Flood Hazard Mapping of Bucao and Santo Tomas River Watershed” by A. M. Paz-Alberto, B. P. Pueyo, N. L. Salvador, J. T. Gavino, E. V. Raneses Jr., and  C. R. Genaro; c.“Remote Sensing Application of the Geophysical Changes in the Coastlines and Rivers of Zambales, Philippines” by A. M. Paz-Alberto, M. A. Pakaigue, M. J. M. Sison, and E. P. Bulaong; and d.“Community-Based Watershed Monitoring System For Biodiversity Conservation” by N. L. Salvador, M. Cinense, A. Espino and A. M. Paz-Alberto.

Dr. Paz-Alberto presented papers at International Phytotechnology Conference at USA

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Dr. Paz-Alberto during her paper presentation at Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center , Manhattan Kansas, USA

          Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, University Professor and current Director of Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) at Central Luzon State University attended the International Phytotechnology Conference held at Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, Manhattan, Kansas, USA last September 27-30, 2015. The conference was aimed to provide scientist, engineers, consultants, policy regulators and other interested individuals the opportunity to explore and discuss how recent developments in phytotecnologies address current and emerging environmental challenges. Phytotechnologies are plant-based technologies to clean water, soil and air and provide ecosystem services including energy from biomass.

          During the said conference, Dr. Paz-Alberto presented a paper on “Assessing Diversity and Phytoremediation Potential of Mangrove for Copper Contaminated Sediment in Subic Bay, Philippines”. Based on her paper mangrove could effectively absorb copper in sediment which can lessen conta
mination in the sediment. Phytoremediation refers to the process wherein plants can absorb heavy metals hence, this green technology is very important for the conservation of water and sediments in coastal ecosystem.

          Moreover, Dr. Paz-Alberto was accompanied by Ms. Marrietta Pakaigue, Research Associate at ICCEM in this conference for both of them presented a poster titled “Assessing Diversity and Phytoremediation Potential of Sea grass in Tropical Region” which reveals the potential of sea grass in absorbing lead in the sediments of marine ecosystem.