Dr. Resurreccion B. Sabada, University of the Philippines (UP) scientist and professor VI at the Division of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, UP - Visayas, served as the resource speaker during the Training-Workshop on Trends in Research Writing held on June 10 – 15, 2019 at the ParSU Audio-Visual Room (AVR).
The training was sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and designed for the faculty-researchers and students of the university. It aimed to conduct various mangroves assessment specifically: explain the biology, ecology, and diversity of mangroves; enumerate the importance of mangroves; identify the various true mangrove species; and perform community structure analysis.
Aside from mangroves assessment, the activity also intended to perform beach forest assessments by describing the parts of a beach; describing and explaining various components of a beach forest and distinguish the various groups of beach forest species; describing the morphological adaptations of beach forest species to severe environmental conditions of heat, wind, and sea spray; enumerating the importance of beach forest in terms of functions, utilization, cultural, and historical aspects; identifying species in the field for inventory of biodiversity; and performing baseline survey of beach forests.
An opening program was conducted in the morning session of the first day, followed by lectures on Biology, Ecology, Diversity of Mangroves and Species Identification. Topics such as Community Structure Sampling and Analysis for Mangroves Forests and Biology, Ecology, Diversity of Beach Forest Species were tackled on the second day.
The continuation of lectures were done on the third day, discussing the following topics: Community Structure Sampling and Analysis for Beach Forest and Propagation of Mangroves and Beach Forest Trees.
To apply the knowledge they gained from the first three days of training, the group of trainees together with Dr. Sabada, travelled to Tinambac, Camarines Sur to execute a fieldwork and process the data collected.
The last set of lectures on Plant Morphoanatomy and Diversity and Evolution and Diversity of Woody Plants were delivered on the fifth day of the training, followed by the presentation of results and closing ceremonies. Participants were also invited to join the local tour within Partido on the last day of the event.