The Sylvatrop Editorial Board, in coordination with DENR CAR and Watershed and Water Resources Research Center (WWRRC), spearheaded the conduct of the first seminar for publishing in Sylvatrop Journal. The activity was participated by 102 participants coming from different offices of DENR CAR (e.g, PENRO and CENRO offices, and CAR EMB, RPAO, HRDS) and State Universities.

The activity was opened by For. Augusto D. Lagon, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services of DENR-CAR. In his speech, ARD Lagon highlighted the importance of Sylvatrop as a viable reference material and an important venue for bringing out local discoveries and technologies in the Cordillera. He also recognized the conduct of the seminar as an important means of promoting Sylvatrop journal to those who are in the regions.

Center Head Dr. Carlos S. Arida represented Dr. Henry A. Adornado during the Seminar. In his speech, Dr. Arida challenged everyone to translate their research outputs into publications. He further discussed the importance of publishing and communicating research outputs.

Dr. Maybellyn A. Zepeda of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau talked about the importance of publishing research findings. In her presentation, Dr. Zepeda urged everyone to become more active in publishing as it plays a vital role in promoting the economic growth of a country.

Meanwhile, Dr. Bighani M. Manipula, Chair of Sylvatrop Editorial Board, talked about how to write for Sylvatrop Journal. He urged everyone to write in Sylvatrop and share their research findings in the official technical journal of the DENR.

Ms. Adreana Santos-Remo, Managing Editor of Sylvatrop, talked about how to transform research outputs into journal articles. In her lecture, she provided techniques and tips on how to easily transform reports into journal articles. She also urged everyone to use Sylvatrop as a reference material in their project implementation and proposal preparation.

For. Rhandy Tubal, as one of the contributors to Sylvatrop journal also shared his experience in writing for Sylvatrop. Though the process could be quite difficult, he shared that it is very rewarding and fulfilling.

The Seminar is the first out of the six scheduled seminars for the year. The succeeding seminars are scheduled on: June 8 in Cebu City; July 6 in Legazpi City; August 10 in Davao City; September 17 in Quezon City; and October 12 in Butuan City. Adreana S. Remo