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