Left photo: Senior SRS Alvin Angelo A. Salting presents the result of his study conducted in an abandoned mine site in Palawan. Right photo: Dr. Shirley S. Villanueva, Vice President for Research, Development and Extension of USeP gives her inputs on the topic presented during the conduct of the Annual Technical Seminar.

To present relevant results of completed studies conducted on environment and natural resources (ENR), the Agroforestry Research, Development and Extension Center (ARDEC) conducted its 1st Annual Technical Seminar (ATS) on June 20, 2022 at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) in Davao City in partnership with the Southern Mindanao Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research & Development Consortium (SMAARRDEC) and the Office of the Vice President for Research, Development and Extension of USeP.

Fifty participants from DENR XI regional and field offices, USeP, and different member-institutions of SMAARRDEC in Region XI gathered at the USeP Social Hall to participate in the discussion as three researchers from ARDEC presented their papers with topics on ENR.

ARDEC researchers who shared their papers on their completed studies were: 1) Senior SRS Alvin Angelo A. Salting for his study titled “Pillbugs (Armadillidium vulgare) as soil organic matter decomposer and mercury bioremediation agent: A case in an abandoned mine site in Palawan, Philippines”; 2) SRS II Casey Clark G. Sumalinog for his study titled “Sap flow measurement of important forest tree species in the biodiversity monitoring plot of Saug Watershed in New Corella, Davao del Norte, Philippines”; and 3) SRS I Royette C. Posadas for his study titled “Relationship of selected water physicochemical parameters and mercury concentrations in PQMI Pit Lake and Tagburos River in Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan”.

Dr. Shirley S. Villanueva, Vice President for Research, Development and Extension of USeP, graced the event and encouraged the participants to involve themselves in worthwhile programs, projects, and activities of their respective institutions especially for the environment. She reiterated the importance of knowing the latest developments in the field of ENR so that they will be aware and updated on the science-based approach on the various ENR technologies.

Meanwhile, ARDEC Center Head Minda S. Odsey said that the ATS is a good opportunity for ARDEC researchers to present relevant research results or information on developed ENR technologies as it allows them and the participants to discuss and address issues on a specific topic. She expressed her high hopes that topics to be presented during the ATS in the future will be the results of studies conducted by ARDEC in collaboration with USeP and SMAARRDEC.

The ATS was conducted in time for the celebration of Philippine Environment Month to elicit interaction and sharing of ideas, experience, and practices among the participants to allow them to tackle the issues together. MCRamirez, ARDEC