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~

ICCEM distributes healthy snacks, delights CLSU frontliners

The Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) distributed packs of putong puti and freshly-baked cookies to the various departments consisting the frontliners of Central Luzon State University (CLSU), July 6, 2020.

The University’s Administrative Personnel, Infirmary Workforce, and University Security Force received their snacks distributed weekly by the Institute, as the latter’s form of support.

Upon receiving their pack of puto, Ms. Loida Gurion of Records Section said, “Are these really for us?” to which the representatives said yes.

One of the Infirmary staff was also delighted to receive the food packs and even joked about requesting for beverages that would solve their afternoon cravings.

 

Mr. Rogelio Duldulao of University Security Force receives food pack of puto from ICCEM.

Mr. Rogelio Duldulao of University Security Force receives food pack of puto from ICCEM.

Despite the hot and tiring day, the USF still insisted for a group photo. Even with their face masks on, their smiles were evident in their eyes. Mr. Rogelio Duldulao also requested for the photos to be tagged to them in ICCEM’s Facebook Page

This food-distributing activity of the Institute is just one of the many ways of supporting and recognizing the University’s frontliners. According to Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, ICCEM’s Director, the small amount of help that ICCEM offers is incomparable to the effort that the workforce exerts to continue upholding the university’s Quality Policy Statement “Excellent service to humanity is our commitment”        despite the pandemic that the world is experiencing right now.

With high hopes that the situation will eventually get better, ICCEM continues on helping to fight COVID-19 and will always have a helping hand whenever the University needs them, the Director said.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ~Kim Mata

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto reappointed as ICCEM Director

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto reappointed as ICCEM Director

The new CLSU President, Dr. Edgar A. Orden, reappointed Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto as the director of the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management. She, together with other University Officials, took an oath to continuously serve the University and to perform her duties and responsibilities..

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto reappointed as ICCEM Director

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto reappointed as ICCEM Director

CLSU-ICCEM Research Team bags “Silver Award” during 31st National Research Symposium

CLSU-ICCEM Research Team bags “Silver Award” during 31st National Research Symposium

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CLSU-ICCEM Research Team

 

The research team headed by Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto from the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management, Central Luzon State University won the “Silver Award” for the Applied Research (TG/IG) – Soil and Water Science Category for the AFMA R&D Best Paper Award during the 31st National Research Symposium organized by the Institutional Development Division, Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research, held on October 16-17, 2019 at The Sulo Riviera Hotel, Diliman, Quezon City.

Out of 188 research paper entries, 27 papers were selected as Finalists for the AFMA R&D Best Paper Award including the CLSU-ICCEM scientific paper titled, “Site Suitability Mapping of Onion in the Province of Occidental Mindoro using Geographic Information System (GIS) ModelBuilder” which was authored by Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto, Engr. Jose T. Gavino Jr., and Engr. Emman E. Ramos. This paper is one of the outputs of the research program, Development of Products from Onion Leaves towards Increased Farmers’ Income, funded by DA-BAR.

–EE Ramos

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

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

  • 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.