Out of the sixteen (16) research papers under the Natural/Biological research category that were presented during the 27th Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights of the Western Visayas Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research Development and Consortium (WESVAARRDEC), the research paper entitled “Biodiversity Profiling and Carrying Capacity Determination of Priority Nature-based Ecotourism Areas in Gigantes Group of Islands, Carles, Iloilo” by Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, Dr. Emmelyn D. Peñaranda, Ms. Lovejoy V. Tejido which was presented by Ms. Dinah P. Favila, landed 1st place in the research presentation and 3rd place in the poster competition. The symposium was held at the Research Building of West Visayas State University, La Paz, Iloilo City on August 25, 2017.

This years’ theme is “Advancing Science and Technology Towards Inclusive Growth in Region 6 (ASTIG)”, and one of its objectives is to present the most significant R&D findings of Consortium Membership (CMIs) in agriculture, forestry and natural resources, to serve as venue for the sharing of knowledge and experience among researchers from CMIs to foster collaboration and integration of various multi-agency R&D undertakings, it also aims to select outstanding technologies/info generated in agriculture and natural resources for awarding purposes and nomination on potentially mature technologies, to identify new researchable areas based on completed researches and lastly to identify mature technologies out of the presented R&D outputs for packaging toward adoption/licensing/commercialization.

All the research papers that were submitted have underwent an evaluation and were categorized as to Social Science Research, Natural/Biological Science Research and Development/Technological Research. All the entries in the above categories were automatically included in the poster category. During the research presentation proper, each presenter was given 10 minutes to present and 5 minutes for the open forum. The criteria for judging in the research category was 40% -quality of work, creativity and originality, 30% -significance of findings, 15%- manuscript/write-up and 15%-symposium proper presentation. For the poster category, 25% - creativity, 25%-quality in design and lay-out, 25%-clarity of message and 25%- workmanship.

Other research studies submitted by the Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetland and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) were also accepted and qualified under the Natural Science Category namely: GIS-Based Approach in Assessing Storm Surge Vulnerability of Small Islands with Ecotourism Potentials by Rey N. Lañuza (presenter) and Bruno S. Carreon, Mangrove Diversity and Dominance Determination of Selected Disaster-Affected Mangrove Forests in Central Visayas Region, Philippines by Jon Alfonso “Jono” P. Horvidalla (presenter) , Biodiversity Profiling and Carrying Capacity Determination of the Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape (CIPLS) in Inopacan and Hindang Leyte- Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, et al presented by Ms. Marcia Polo., Tourism Carrying Capacity of Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park (BTLNP) in Enrique Villanueva, Sibulan, Negros Oriental, Philippines by Chona M. Tura (presenter) and Dr. Alicia L. Lustica.

The symposium was the culmination of the weeklong activity of the WESVAARDEC FIESTA 2017 held at the Municipality of Cabatuan wherein the four common commodities in Region 6 were featured through exhibit and techno-forum. Irish Asuzena, BCWERC