University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

UPLB launches off-campus grad program on natural resources conservation

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Photo courtesy of College of Forestry and Natural Resources

UPLB has made another one of its programs available on a school-from-work mode.

This is with the offering of the Master of Science in Natural Resources Conservation (MSNRC) for 15 selected personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PTFCF), and other partner agencies of PTFCF.

The off-campus MSNRC was launched on Feb. 4 at the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) complex of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Diliman, Quezon City.

DENR and PTFCF provide financial support to the students, while the funds are being managed by the College of Forestry and Natural Resources Alumni Association, Inc. (CFNRAA) and the CFNR Management Committee.

Dr. Willie P. Abasolo, dean of CFNR, officially welcomed the students to the UPLB fold during the launch. He also delivered the message of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., who expressed his hopes that the program would not only help students advance their career, but also further their knowledge in safeguarding the country’s environment and natural riches.

In his message, Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean of the Graduate School (GS), emphasized the value of honor and excellence in a UP education. He also introduced the “Four “I’s” principle of GS, namely: interdisciplinary, innovative, inclusive, and internationalization.

Meanwhile, Dr. Edwino S. Fernando, professor at CFNR and chair of NRC Program Management Committee of UPLB, reminded the students to be focused and diligent in attending the program, which normally takes one and a half year to finish.

Atty. Jose Andres A. Canivel, executive director of the PTFCF, looked back at how the off-campus program came into fruition. He urged the students to contribute to the development and formulation of strategic biodiversity conservation plan for the country’s remaining natural resources. He said that the lack of capacity and willingness to properly implement existing biodiversity conservation schemes has been a constant challenge for the environment sector.  

Also present during the event were For. Dexter M. Cabahug, president of the CFNRAA; Asst. Prof. Ronniel D. Manalo, associate dean of CFNR; Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda, college secretary of GS; and Dr. Analyn L. Codilan, MS NRC program coordinator.

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Photo courtesy of College of Forestry and Natural Resources

Immediately following the launch was the first class session on FBS 101 (Forest Biodiversity) under Dr. Lerma SJ. Maldia. Every month of each semester, the students are to complete a three-unit course, three weekends of which are spent at BMB, while the remaining weekend is at UPLB. (Louie DG. Amongo)