Mt. Makiling remains intact after renewed attempts by the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and its allies to acquire the BSP lease area. According to the article by Inquirer reporter Maricar Cinco, three house bills were filed in the past with House Bill 6352, or the “Boy Scouts of the Philippines Charter of 2012” as the most recent. Read the full report here.
German Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Mr. Hans-Joachim Fuchtel visited the Philippines. Part of his itinerary is to plant a tree at the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG), Mount Makiling Forest Reserve (MMFR) – a biodiversity conservation area, and now an ASEAN Heritage Park.
During the 1301st meeting of the UP Board of Regents on September 29, 2014, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. was elected as the new University of the Philippines Los Baños Chancellor. An oath-taking ceremony and turn over of the University Mace, the symbol of authority of the chancellor, was held at the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG) Pavilion , UPLB on 29 October 2014.
The Earth Engine created by scientist Rebecca Moore and her team enable global-scale data mining. Business Insider reports that the Earth Engine make trillions of scientific measurements available for users with analysis tools from Google. Products of this data mining are time lapse videos made from LandSat images.
Two PARR Fellows will visit Mount Makiling for one month between 15 October until 15 November 2014. Mr. Md. Azizul Bari and Ms. Nurfashareena Muhamad are PhD candidates at National University of Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, respectively. View their profile at http://start.org.
Hosted by UPLB, the fellows will be supervised by Dr Nathaniel C. Bantayan (of MCME) and Dr Dei Eslava (of SESAM). The fellows will conduct seminars, limited fieldwork on GIS and draft a proposal for payment for ecosystem services (PES). Ms. Nurfashareena will stay at MCME while Mr Azizul will stay at SESAM.