The Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) was tapped as one of the pilot testers for a new mobile application known as Biodiversity Sentinel or BioSentinel developed by Instigators, Inc. for SMART Communications. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB) and SMART Communications was signed during the opening of the Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in ASEAN (BCAMP) workshop last November 28, 2017. Present during the signing was ACB Executive Director Roberto Oliva, SMART Communications First Vice President and Public Affairs Group Head Ramon Isberto, Instigators Inc. President Dominic Tuazon, and MCME Deputy Director Rogelio Andrada II.
The BioSentinel app is a tool designed to improve the efficiency and effectivity of collecting field data and generating reports. It primarily aims to equip protected area management staff with a handy and easier way of gathering observations in the field related to biodiversity conservation and protection. About 15 of MCME staff from the Protection and Regulations Unit headed by For. Rolly Breva and the Forest and Watershed Division headed by For. Leilani Castillo will use the app during their routine patrol and field activities to test its interface and functionality. Testing will cover several months, after which, MCME will provide feedback to SMART Communications.
Photo Credit to: RVBreva
On 24 October 2017, the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) conducted a livelihood training activity entitled: Enhancement Training on Meat Processing at Household Levels in Barangay Limao, Calauan, Laguna. A total of 15 residents from Sitio Mahabang Parang of Bry. Limao participated the training. This is in partnership with the Philippine Geothermal Production Company Inc. (PGPC). The PGPC is actively providing services to its host communities as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR). They extended their CSR program into research projects in partnership with MCME-UPLB. The said project is part of the program entitled: An Indigenous Tree-Based Agroforestry Development Program in Mount Bulalo.
Dr. Roberto G. Visco, Director and Dr. Rogelio T. Andrada II, Deputy Director of MCME graced the activity and personally awarded the meat processing equipment that the community can use to start their own livelihood. Dr. Oliver D. Abanto, Associate Professor and Dr. Nenita L. De Castro, University Extension Specialist (UES) III of the Institute of Animal Science (IAS) demonstrated to the participants the procedure of how to make tocino and burger patty.
The participants were able to produced a total of 21 packs of tocino (250grams/pack) and 87 pieces of hamburger patties. The tocino costs at Php 60.00 per pack while the hamburger patty costs at Php 15.00 per piece or Php 65.00 per pack. The income generated from the meat products will serve as the community revolving capital. The activity is part of the livelihood capacity building programs of the Center.
Photos Credit to: MSCanceran
Last 30 September 2017, the Isuzu Supplier’s Association (ISA) conducted their annual tree planting and nurturing activity. ISA is part of the Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) which is one of the corporate partners of the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) in the Tree Planting and Nurturing Activity of the Center. This is part of the Isuzu “Adopt A Forest” Project located inside the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG). The project started in 2010 when the company adopted a 13-hectare forest area of the Dipterocarp arboretum. From then on, IPC and ISA annually conducts its Corporate Social Responsibility in the area.
A total of twenty (20) ISA employees participated in the activity. They planted a total of 100 dipterocarp seedlings of two (2) species, namely: Dalingdingan (Hopea foxworthyi Elmer) and Guijo (Shorea guiso (Blanco) Blume).
Photos credit to AALimpiada
The 105th foundation celebration of UPLB is held at SMX Convention Center on March 4-5, 2014. The celebration features the UPLB Science and Technology Exhibit dubbed as EXSCITE. See the snapshots of PHILTROP’s booth in this gallery.
International scientists attending the International Long-Term Ecological Research Network East Asia and Pacific (ILTER-EAP) training workshop and conference visit Mount Makiling’s 2-hectare LTER site. The event is attended by local and foreign participants from various ILTER network member countries, academe, local institutions, and non-government organizations.
The Mount Makiling Forest Reserve is declared as an ASEAN Heritage Park on October 3, 2013. The awarding ceremonies were conducted at the Makiling Botanic Gardens following the field trip of the 4th AHP Conference held at Tagaytay City.