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

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)