CLSU FLAG WAVED HIGHEST IN AN INTERNATIONAL STAGE

Paphos Cyprus

A new award has been added to the prime trophy shelf of Central Luzon State University (CLSU) through the PHIL-LiDAR 1 project under the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM). The PHIL-LiDAR 1 team led by its Project Leader Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto presented the research findings and won the “Best Paper Award” for the paper entitled “Remote Sensing in Detection of Physical Changes in Talisay River, Bataan, Philippines” in the recently concluded “Fifth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment (RSCy 2017)” held last March 20 -23, 2017 at Annabelle Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus.

The conference sessions and workshops include presentations regarding the state-of-the-art methods and innovative projects in various areas of remote sensing and geo-information.  The RSCY conferences are attended by over 200 participants each year.

Out of the stated number of participants from 35 countries which were composed of researchers, scientists, engineers, academicians, policy makers, directors, project leaders, software developers and young professionals from various universities, government agencies and private sectors, Dr. Paz-Alberto and her team emerged as the winners of the award.

Among the CLSU participants of the conference together with Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto was Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto, Project Leader of PHIL-LiDAR 2 who also presented orally their research findings and results. The conference was jointly organized by the International Scientific Committee and Cyprus Remote Sensing Society. (Ranilo Lao)

CLSU PHIL-LiDAR 1 hosts the 3rd PHIL-LiDAR 1 Luzon Cluster Conference, Flood Hazard Seminar and Maps Turnover Ceremony at Lenox Hotel, Dagupan City, Pangasinan

Dr. Paringit while delivering his welcome speech during the seminar and maps turnover ceremony

Dr. Paringit while delivering his welcome speech during the seminar and maps turnover ceremony

     Every quarter of the year, the PHIL-LiDAR 1 Program is always conducting a cluster meeting. During the last quarter of 2016, the CLSU PHIL-LiDAR 1 headed by Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Project Leader of PHIL-LiDAR 1 of Region 3 ang Pangasinan hosted the 3rd PHIL-LiDAR 1 Luzon Cluster Conference at Lenox Hotel in Dagupan City, Pangasinan last Decemeber 1-2, 2016.

     The said event was attended by the Program Leader of PHIL-LiDAR 1 Program Dr. Enrico C. Paringit and his UP Diliman research team, DOST-PCIEERD representatives and the researchers of SUC’s namely: Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU), Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Isabela State University (ISU), Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT), University of the Philippines-Baguio (UPB), University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) and University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB).

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto while delivering her lecture on Flood Contingency

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto while delivering her lecture on Flood Contingency

 

     The highlight of the conference was the Turn-over of the Maps to the cities and municipalities of Pangasinan affected by rivers namely: Dagupan River, Patalan River, Alaminos River and Agno Rive. A Flood Hazard Seminar was also conducted for public education and awareness about Flood Contingency and Importance and Utilization of Flood Hazard Maps. The presentation ofpProject updates and accomplishments of the Luzon Cluster of PHIL-LiDAR 1 was also conducted. On December 02, 2016 the issues/concerns, problems encountered and targets of every SUC in Luzon regarding the project were tackled during the presentation of accomplishments.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Dr. Paringit, Ms. Pariñas and representatives for the municipality of Patalan in Pangasinan during the turnover of flood hazard map

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Dr. Paringit, Ms. Pariñas and representatives for the municipality of Agno and Dagupan in Pangasinan during the turnover of flood hazard map

CLSU-EDC-FG BINHI Conservation Park Partnership Commitment Signing, Unveiling of Marker and Ceremonial Planting at ICCEM, CLSU

Partnership Commitment Signing of (from left to right) FG-Hydro Representative (Ms. Christine Mapanao), CLSU President (Dr. Tereso Abella), EDC’s Vice President (Mr. Ricky Carandang) and ICCEM Director (Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto)

Partnership Commitment Signing of (from left to right) FG-Hydro Representative (Ms. Christine Mapanao), CLSU President (Dr. Tereso Abella), EDC’s Vice President (Mr. Ricky Carandang) and ICCEM Director (Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto)

     Energy Development Corporation’s Binhi Program chose Central Luzon State University as one of their partners on rescuing and securing the gene pool of premium endangered native tree species and to plant and establish mother trees of premium endangered native species in urban areas where these are protected in the Philippines. The Partnership Commitment signing, unveiling of marker and ceremonial planting   was held at the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) -Climate Change Center (CCC) Amphitheater and Conservation Parks on November 29, 2016 and attended by faculty, staff, researchers and more than 100 students.

     The ENERGY DEVELOPMENT COPRPORATION (EDC) employs a holistic and scientific approach in addressing the issues of biodiversity and ecosystem preservation, carbon sequestration, socio-economic upliftment, and ecotourism. What makes BINHI truly unique is its bias for the use of endangered, premium Philippine tree species in regenerating our forest for the benefit of future generations of Filipinos. Hence, the Conservation Parks of ICCEM truly match the aims of BINHI in terms of the conservation of native plants such as medicinal plants, botanical pesticide, phytoremediation, perfumery plants, etc.

     Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Director, ICCEM gave the welcome message while Mr. Ricky A. Carandang, Vice President for EDC-Corporate Affairs Group and Dr. Tereso A. Abella, CLSU President delivered their commitment messages for the success of the partnership during the program and also led the Unveiling of Marker and Ceremonial Planting of Native and Premium trees of the Philippines.

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CLSU PHIL-LiDAR 1 AND 2 Research Team attended the Annual Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2016) at Colombo, Sri Lanka

The CLSU PHIL-LiDAR 1&2 together with the Program Leader of PHIL-LiDAR 1,                      Dr. Enrico C. Paringit  and DOST-PCIEERD representative, Ms. May Rose Pariñas

The CLSU PHIL-LiDAR 1&2 together with the Program Leader of PHIL-LiDAR 1, Dr. Enrico C. Paringit and DOST-PCIEERD representative, Ms. May Rose Pariñas

 

     The 37th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2016) is a prestigious annual event organized by Local Organizing Committee of Sri Lanka and Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS) in collaboration with Survey Department and Geo-Spatial Interested Community of Sri Lanka. The Conference was held at Galadari Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka last October 17 to 21, 2016 with the theme “Promoting Spatial Data Infrastructure for Sustainable Economic Development.

     Representatives from CLSU PHIL-LiDAR 1 and 2 headed by Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Project Leader of PHIL-LiDAR 1 and Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto, Project Leader of PHIL-LiDAR 2, together with research associates, senior research specialist and science research assistants attended and presented orally their research findings and results during the Asian Conference on Remote Sensing.

     The conference was attended by 764 participants of which 401 participants came from 31 different countries composed of scientists, researchers, academicians, policy makers, directors, project leaders, private sectors, software developers and young professionals from various universities, government agencies and private sectors.

~Carl Dionelle B. Ponce

A University Professor in CLSU garnered the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Award for AY 2016-2017

     Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, University Professor and the current Director of the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management, Central Luzon State University (CLSU) is one of recipients of the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Award for AY 2016-2017.

     Dr. Paz-Alberto was the first recipient of SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grant here in CLSU. SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair was granted to give recognition to outstanding Southeast Asian experts in the academe who have championed Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) in Southeast Asia. The study areas include, but are not limited to, social sciences, marine and fishery sciences, environmental sciences, economics, and rural development-oriented fields.

      As a grantee, Dr. Paz-Alberto delivered a professorial chair lecture on Phytoremediation: A Green Technology To Remove Pollutants For Soil and Water Conservation last October 7, 2016 at Climate Change Center Amphitheater, Institute for Climate change and Environmental Management (ICCEM), CLSU, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. The lecture was attended by 156 students, faculty and staff from different colleges of the University.

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Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto while giving lecture to 156 participants at Climate Change Center, ICCEM, CLSU last October 7, 2016 during her SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Lecture.

 

     During the said event, Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto was given the Certificate for the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Award by the CLSU President Dr. Tereso A. Abella in recognition of her contribution to academic excellence in Ecology and Physiology during AY 2016-2017 signed by the SEARCA Director, Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr.


 

The CLSU President Dr. Tereso A. Abella (left), while giving the Certificate of Recognition to Dr. Annie Melinda Paz- Alberto, during the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Lecture on Oct. 7, 2016 at Climate Change Center Amphitheater, Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM), CLSU.

The CLSU President Dr. Tereso A. Abella (left), while giving the Certificate of Recognition to Dr. Annie Melinda Paz- Alberto, during the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Lecture on Oct. 7, 2016 at Climate Change Center Amphitheater, Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM), CLSU.

 

Participants of the lecture who are seriously listening to the very comprehensive and informative lecture of Dr. Paz-Alberto regarding Phytoremediation.

Participants of the lecture who are seriously listening to the very comprehensive and informative lecture of Dr. Paz-Alberto regarding Phytoremediation.

 

~Mayet Pakaigue

CLSU Phil-LiDAR 2 Turned Over of Agricultural Map and Vulnerability Assessment in Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija


As one of the major outputs of the project, the CLSU Phil-LiDAR 2 team, headed by Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto and researchers such as Dan Charlie Joy Pangilinan, Miguelito F. Isip, Darling Corzon Salazar, together with the Municipal Agricultural Officers turned over an Agricultural Map to the Municipal Agricultural Office of the Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija.

(Left to right; Dan Charlie Joy Pangilinan (SRA), Miguelito F. Isip (RA), Municipal Agricultural Officers, and Darling Corzon Salazar (SRA)during the turned over of maps at the municipality of Sta. Rosa. (Photo taken by: Promil L. Reyes)

(Left to right; Dan Charlie Joy Pangilinan (SRA), Miguelito F. Isip (RA), Municipal Agricultural Officers, and Darling Corzon Salazar (SRA) during the turned over of maps at the municipality of Sta. Rosa. (Photo taken by: Promil L. Reyes)

 

     The provision of an updated and detailed inventory of agricultural resources is one of the main objectives of the Agricultural Resources Extraction from Lidar Surveys, In line with this, the PARMap team will be conducting vulnerability assessment of agricultural areas prone to disasters.

     The municipality of Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija which is prone to flooding was selected as the site of the survey. There were 11 barangays which were randomly selected, namely; Rajal Sur, Lourdes, Isla and Maliolio. Farmers from these barangays served as the team’s respondents during the interviews conducted. Survey results shows that the area was affected by flood and drought for the last 10 years.

(Left to right: Promil L. Reyes (SRA), Miguelito F. Isip (RA), Mr. Raymond M. Diaz (Brgy. Captain), Darling Corazon C. Salazar(SRA), and MAO of Sta. Rosa) during the interview with Brgy. Captain of La Fuente in Sta. Rosa. (Photo taken by Dan Charlie Joy Pangilinan)

(Left to right: Promil L. Reyes (SRA), Miguelito F. Isip (RA), Mr. Raymond M. Diaz (Brgy. Captain), Darling Corazon C. Salazar(SRA), and MAO of Sta. Rosa) during the interview with Brgy. Captain of La Fuente in Sta. Rosa. (Photo taken by Dan Charlie Joy Pangilinan)

Flood Hazard Maps, Flood Depth Maps and Natural Resources Maps Promoted During the 2016 National Science and Technology Week at San Fernando, Pampanga

          The CLSU Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 projects generated maps that were promoted during the 2016 National Science and Technology Week “Juan Science One Nation” at Walter Mart, San Fernando Pampanga on July 25-27, 2016. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) celebrated the 2016 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), dubbed as "Juan Science, One Nation" on 25-29 July. It is a simultaneous celebration in all DOST regional offices. The celebration was led by the newly appointed DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña. The 2016 NSTW main features included inauguration of several technologies open houses, scientific fora, career talks, technology fairs, film screenings and symposia. The NSTW is celebrated every third week of July each year which recognizes the contribution of science and technology in the development of the country.

The CLSU Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 researchers at the CLSU-ICCEM booth of the DOST Exhibit Display Center,  Walter Mart, San Fernando Pampanga.

The CLSU Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 researchers at the CLSU-ICCEM booth of the DOST Exhibit Display Center,
Walter Mart, San Fernando Pampanga.

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña visited the CLSU-ICCEM PHIL-LiDAR booth during the opening ceremony of the exhibit on July 25, 2016.

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña visited the CLSU-ICCEM PHIL-LiDAR booth during the opening ceremony of the exhibit on July 25, 2016.

          The CLSU Phil-LiDAR 1 2D Flood Hazard Maps and Flood Depth Maps of Santo Tomas and Bucao River Watersheds in Zambales were displayed at ICCEM booth during the exhibit to provide awareness to the public the state-of-the-art technology of the DOST funded projects which will help Filipino communities be prepared with the highly destructive typhoons. Preparedness to disaster is everyone’s concern because each and every one of us may be vulnerable to disaster such as floods.

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CLSU Phil-LiDAR 1 researcher Mr. Eleazar Raneses (in green polo shirt) explaining the display maps generated by the project to different visitors.

 

          Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials produced by the project were also displayed and distributed to visitors. IEC materials will help increase public awareness and knowledge on environmental issues such as effects of climate change. Increasing awareness will help people protect the environment and mitigate or adapt with the changing environment. The following IEC materials that were displayed and distributed during the NST Week are: Mga Kalamidad at Sakuna sa Aurora, Mga Kalamidad at Sakuna sa Bataan, Mga Kalamidad at Sakuna sa Pangasinan, Mga Kalamidad at Sakuna sa Zambalales, LUSAY: Kahalagahan at Konserbasyon, Seagrass: Importance and Conservation, BAKAWAN: Kahalagahan, Proteksyon at Konserbasyon and MANGROVE (Tree of Life): IMPORTANCE, PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION.

The IEC materials at the CLSU-ICCEM booth

The IEC materials at the CLSU-ICCEM booth

          On the other hand, the CLSU Phil-LiDAR 2 also featured their generated detailed Coastal and Agricultural resources maps using LIDAR data. The team also showed the processing of the data using different softwares. Mapping of resources are valuable to achieve the proper planning and monitoring of the local government units on the available resources on their respective areas.

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CLSU Phil-LiDAR 2 researchers showing the processing of data using different softwares to some visitors.

CLSU PHIL-LiDAR1 Research Team Attended the PHIL-LiDAR1 Program Cluster Conference 2016 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

          The CLSU PHIL-LiDAR1 headed by Dr. Annie Melinda Paz- Alberto, Project Leader attended the PHIL-LiDAR1 Program Cluster Conference 2016 at Hotel Centro, Puerto Princesa, Palawan on July 27-28, 2016.

In photos are Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto (2nd from left/in front), Dr. Enrico C. Paringit (3rd from left/in front) Engr. Nelson P. Beniabon (3rd from right/in front) the UP Diliman and CLSU PHIL-LIDAR1 staff and representatives from PCIEERD, during the PHIL-LiDAR1 Program Cluster Conference 2016.

In photos are Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto (2nd from left/in front), Dr. Enrico C. Paringit (3rd from left/in front) Engr. Nelson P. Beniabon (3rd from right/in front) the UP Diliman and CLSU PHIL-LIDAR1 staff and representatives from PCIEERD, during the PHIL-LiDAR1 Program Cluster Conference 2016.

Dr. Enrico C. Paringit while giving the opening remarks

Dr. Enrico C. Paringit while giving the opening remarks

 

 

 

          The highlight of the conference is to give project updates and accomplishments of the Luzon Cluster of Phil-LiDAR-1. The issues/concerns, problems encountered and targets of every SUC regarding the project were tackled on the open forum which was led by the PHIL-LIDAR Program Leader, Dr. Enrico C. Paringit.

          The said event was also attended by the representatives of the DOST-PCIEERD led by Dr. Edwin Beniabon as the monitoring team and members of the seven SUC’s namely: Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU), Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Isabela State University (ISU), Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT), University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB), University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). This is the 2nd PHIL-LiDAR1 Program Cluster Conference conducted by UP Diliman as the lead agency of the PHIL-LiDAR project.

Attendees of the PHIL-LiDAR1 Program Cluster Conference 2016  at Hotel Centro, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Attendees of the PHIL-LiDAR1 Program Cluster Conference 2016
at Hotel Centro, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

CLSU Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 Project Leaders Presented Papers During the XXIII ISPRS Congress in Prague, Czech Republic

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto during the poster presentation at Prague Congress Center

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto during the poster presentation at Prague Congress Center

          The two project leaders presented papers during the 23rd International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Congress in Prague on July 12-19, 2016. ISPRS is a leading organization in remote sensing, photogrammetry and spatial information sciences - very high-resolution satellite imagery, terrain based imaging and participatory sensing, inexpensive platforms, and advanced information and communications technologies. The Congress was done every 4 years which welcomes participants from all over the world.

          The gathering strengthens relations among the researchers, professionals and representatives of governmental and non-governmental organization thus enhancing the co-operation within the field. ISPRS welcomes all papers bringing new results, achievements, methods and theory to help to shift the present level of knowledge.

          During the said congress, Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto presented a poster entitled Remote Sensing Application of the Geophysical Changes in the Rivers and Coastlines of Zambales, Philippines. Her co-authors in the paper are Melissa Joy Sison, Edmarck P. Bulaong and  Marietta A. Pakaigue.

          On the other hand, Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto also presented a paper entitled: Object Based Agricultural Land Cover Classification Map of Shadowed Areas from aerial image and LIDAR Data Using Support Vector Machine during the said conference.

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Dr. RT. Alberto during the paper presentation at Prague Congress Center

           The two papers presented are research findings of the Phil-LiDAR projects of Central Luzon State University.

Phil-LiDAR 1 and Phil-LiDAR 2 Central Luzon Group Turned Over Maps and IEC materials to Local Government Units


Phil-LiDAR 1 and Phil-LiDAR 2 of Central Luzon State University turned over maps and IEC (Information, Education and Communication) materials to Local Government Units in some municipalities of Zambales and Nueva Ecija.

Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto, Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, PCIEERD Director, Dr. Carlos P. David, some CLSU Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 staff and the recipients of Maps during the turned over ceremony at Widus Hotel Clark, Pampanga on June 29, 2016.

Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto, Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, PCIEERD Director, Dr. Carlos P. David, some CLSU Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 staff and the recipients of Maps during the turned over ceremony at Widus Hotel Clark, Pampanga on June 29, 2016.

          The LiDAR Data Processing and Validation in Luzon: Region 3 and Western Pangasinan under the Phil-LiDAR 1 Program aims to generate hydrologic and flood inundation model and to produce and validate flood hazard maps and flood depth maps of 2/3 of the Philippines. These maps provide information to assist local governments as early warning tool for flood hazard mitigation and in the development and implementation of land-use plans and in the decision-making. It can reduce the potential loss of life and property, enhance government operations and management, and create possible plans to mitigate hazard.

          As one of the major outputs of the project, the Phil-LiDAR 1 Central Luzon team, headed by Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto turned over 2D generated flood depth maps and flood hazard maps (5 years, 25 years and 100 years RIDF) as well as IEC materials on River Conservation and Protection, Watershed Conservation and Protection, Calamities and Disasters in Zambales, Marine Biodiversity, Seagrass Importance and Conservation and Mangroves Importance, Protection and Preservation to the Municipal Agricultural Officers of the five (5) municipalities of Santo Tomas and Bucao River Basin, namely: San Narciso, San Marcelino, San Felipe, Botolan and Iba in Zambales. 

 

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Project Leader of PHIL-LiDAR1 and PCIEERD Director, Dr. Carlos P. David while providing the 2D generated flood depth maps and flood hazard maps to different Municipal Agricultural Officers of Zambales.

          On the other hand, Phil-LiDAR 2 goal is to produce high-resolution national resource maps using LiDAR. It also aims to produce remote sensing data, to come up with vulnerability assessment maps for high-value crops and coastal resources, and formulate recommendations to help address future local supply and demand in agriculture, coastal, forest, and renewable resources.  Together with the Phil-LiDAR 1, the Phil-LiDAR 2 Central Luzon team, headed by Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto turned over also Philippine Agricultural Maps (PARMap) to the three (3) Municipal Mayors such as Mayor Eufemia Domingo of Licab, Mayor Quintino Caspillo of Talugtog and Mayor Ferdinand Abesamis of Peñaranda. The Municipal Agricultural Officers of Cabiao, Gapan, Llanera, Nampicuan, San Isidro, San Leonardo, Sta. Rosa and Talavera also received the said Philippine Agricultural Maps.

 

Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto Project Leader of PHIL-LiDAR 2 with Dr. Carlos P. David, PCIEERD Director while giving the Agricultural Land Cover Maps to the Municipal Mayor’s and Agricultural Officers of the eleven (11) municipalities in Nueva Ecija.

The turned over ceremony was done on June 29, 2016 during the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) Anniversary and Techno-Transfer at Clark, Pampanga. This will be the first of the series of turn over activities for this year.

~Mayet Pakaigue