On June 24, 2016, Sylvatrop Associate Editors Ms. Liberty E. Asis and Ms. Adreana Santos-Remo urged students from the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) to publish their research outputs at Sylvatrop, The Technical Journal of Philippine Ecosystems and Natural Resources.

Sylvatrop Editors took part during the 4th Face-to-Face of the Master of Public Management-Rural Development of the National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Development held at SEARSOLIN, Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City. More than 80 scholars coming from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agricultural Reform (DAR), and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) attended the said event.

Ms. Remo shared her insights on the importance of publishing research findings and how this relates to economic growth. According to Ms. Remo, today scientific information is being viewed as a valuable resource. Developing countries that invested so much in research and development have also progressed fastest in the recent years. Philippines’ scientific productivity lag behind because of its quantity of scientific publications. But there is hope, said Ms. Remo. This figure is set to change if more people will communicate their research findings in a peer-reviewed journal like Sylvatrop.

Meanwhile, Ms. Asis talked about the guidelines on how the scholars can submit their articles to Sylvatrop. Ms. Asis also shared the good news on the newly signed DENR Memorandum Circular 2016-04 which provides incentives to authors of Sylvatrop Journals. Now, authors can reap a monetary incentive worth P30,000.00 every time they publish a scientific article. DENR MC. No. 2016-04 signed by former DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje, states that it is through publication of research results and technologies that the benefits of R&D would reach the intended clientele.

In the open forum, the two Sylvatrop editors answered queries on scientific publishing and encouraged the scholars to visit and make use of the information in the Sylvatrop website, the journal’s newest online platform which features 472 abstracts of Sylvatrop from 1976 to 2015.

Through the event, the Editorial Board of Sylvatrop hopes that more articles coming from the students of will be published at Sylvatrop.