Left photo: For. Jan Marrion Cadelino lecturing on Tourism Carrying Capacity. Right photo: UBRDEC Center Head For. Gregorio Santos Jr. as he delivers his lecture on soil sampling.

The Urban and Biodiversity Research, Development, and Extension Center (UBRDEC) conducted a week-long training from April 17-21 on Carrying Capacity Determination for Selected Protected Areas in Quezon province.

Several protected areas were identified by DENR as “critical” targets for the immediate roll-out of carrying capacity assessment projects to conserve and protect the integrity of the unique ecological features of the areas.

Thirty-seven (37) field staff from several DENR field offices from DENR Region IV-A CALABARZON, PENRO Quezon, CENRO Calauag, CENRO Catanauan, CENRO Real, and CENRO Tayabas attended the said training held at San Andres, Quezon.

UBRDEC held a series of lecture presentations for the first two days of the training seminar, wherein they discussed the methods, techniques, and principles involved in the implementation of carrying capacity assessments.

UBRDEC also made use of different modes of learning activities which included simulation activities, computation exercises, on-field data gathering and demonstration activities for the mock carrying capacity assessment and determination of the Alibijaban Wilderness Area.

The island is also one of the identified sites of CENRO Catanauan for a carrying capacity assessment, due to its rising popularity from tourists.

Field data gathering of the different teams in Alibijaban. Wilderness Area.
Group photo of the participants at the end of the training.

At the end of the activity, For. Ronilo L. Salac, PENRO-Quezon, expressed his utmost gratitude to ERDB-UBRDEC for taking on the task of capacitating the DENR CENRO Offices.

The participating offices also had prepared action plans for the implementation of carrying capacity projects and other related activities in their respective jurisdiction, which includes Alibijaban Wilderness Area, Buenavista Protected Landscape, Polilio Island, and Banahaw San Cristobal Protected Landscape.

UBRDEC assured the DENR field offices that it will continue to provide them with technical assistance in their key targets and priority programs for the sustainable management of our ecosystems. For. David Ivan T. Malinao, UBRDEC