Dr. Jose Alan Castillo, ERDB’s Senior Science Research Specialist, served as the resource person during the 5-day workshop (left); Around 40 participants coming from the ERDB Main Office and its Research Centers participated in the activity (right). Photos by JC Viray

The importance of publishing scientific research was emphasized during the 2018 Sylvatrop Writing Workshop for ERDB Researchers on October 15–19, 2018 at the NDN Grand Hotel in Santo Tomas, Batangas. Participated by around 40 researchers and technical staff from the ERDB Main Office and Research Centers (RCs), the workshop was organized to capacitate and enhance their skills in technical writing.

During her lecture, Sylvatrop Managing Editor Ms. Adreana Remo stressed that as the research bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), ERDB researchers should publish the results of their studies in peer-reviewed journals, particularly in Sylvatrop, the Department’s official technical journal.

The 5-day workshop’s highlight was the comprehensive discussion on the parts of a journal article. Dr. Jose Alan Castillo, ERDB’s Senior Science Research Specialist, served as the resource person. Dr. Castillo has extensive experience on writing in internationally-accredited, peer-reviewed journals and is also ERDB’s permanent representative to the Sylvatrop Editorial Board (SEB).

Prior to the event, the participants were advised to prepare their draft articles or terminal reports. These drafts served as their working documents during the workshop proper. Dr. Castillo, together with the editorial staff, also provided one-on-one mentoring with the participants on how to further improve their outputs. Around 40 draft journal articles were prepared during the workshop which covered varied topics such as vulnerability assessment, impact assessment, biodiversity, and urban and social research.



The workshop participants during the learning activities and writing sessions. Photos by JC Viray and Jascha Sapin

At the end of the writing sessions, Sylvatrop gave special awards to recognize outstanding participants. Mr. John Benrich Zuniga of the Coastal Zone and Freshwater Ecosystems Research Division (CZFERD) bagged the Top Paper recognition while the Most Promising Paper awards were given to Ms. Veronica Mercado (UERD), Mr. Timothy John Dizon (FERD), Ms. Nova Jane Espinosa (FWRDEC), Mr. Alvin Angelo Salting (ARDEC), and Ms. Janine Baguhin (LESD).

The conduct of the said workshop materialized through TTD’s collaboration with ERDB’s Human Resource Development Section (HRDS). It was graced by Dr. Lucena Mercado, one of ERDB’s technical experts; Ms. Liberty Asis, TTD’s OIC-Chief; and Dr. Bighani Manipula, ERDB’s Assistant Director and Sylvatrop’s Editor-in-Chief.

Dr. Bighani Manipula, ERDB’s Assistant Director and Sylvatrop’s Editor-in-Chief, and Dr. Castillo together with the organizers and participants of the workshop. Photo by Jascha Sapin

Aside from capacitating ERDB researchers, the writeshop also served as an avenue to encourage more article submissions from ERDB and its RCs. Sylvatrop also conducted the same activity earlier this year, which then trained technical personnel from various DENR offices across the country.  Melanie N. Ojeda, TTD