The Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center through its Tacloban Research Station in Region 8 distributed IEC posters on Invasive Alien Species (IAS) to the concerned Local Government Units and Peoples Organizations in Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park in Burauen, Leyte last October 7, 2016.

The poster, titled “Beware: Help stop the spread of Invasive Alien Species in Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park” is an information and education campaign material aimed to foster public awareness and make concerned local communities partners in the campaign to protect biodiversity and stop the spread of IAS in the protected area.

Recipients of the posters were the LGU of Barangay Mahagnao through Chairman Eulalio Agustin, the Mahagnao Rural Workers Development Association and the Lake Mahagnao Community Association. The event was highlighted by a community briefing by OIC For. Emma Germano and Ms. Letecia Corregidor about Invasive Alien Species, its impact on biodiversity in protected areas. Meanwhile, a copy of the poster was also provided to the Office of the Municipal Mayor of Burauen, Leyte as one of the principal end-user of the IAS information. The turn-over was witnessed by For. Liza Hinlayagan, representing the Office of the MVNP Protected Area Superintendent in CENRO Palo. This will be used as information material and reference in their own biodiversity and ecotourism campaign.

The poster lists the top IAS confirmed prevalent in Mahagnao such as the Golden apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata), Spiked pepper (Piper aduncum), Wedelia (Sphagneticola trilobata), Lantana (Lantana camara), Acacia mangium, Makahiya (Mimosa pudica), Water hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes), Hagonoy (Chromolaena odorata), Mile-a-minute (Mikania micrantha), Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), Catfish (Clarias batrachus) and Yemane (Gmelina arborea). The list was based from a 2012 completed R&D study on Biosecurity Measures for the Protection of Biodiversity from Invasive Alien Species in the Province of Leyte. The generated information was assessed and recommended for dissemination by the Regional and ERDB Technology Assessment Teams. These IEC materials were designed for the concerned LGUs and local community as specific end-users following key informant survey on community needs, preferences and pre-testing. English and waray-waray versions of the poster were also produced. Letecia A. Corregidor, BCWERC