Academe and independent researchers recently convened in the first ever Science Research Colloquium of the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) in General Santos City with the theme "Pushing forward science-based approach for protected area management."
SBPS Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Joy C. Ologuin explained that the objective of the Research Colloquium is to bring relevant knowledge together --- management decisions for the seascape must have sound basis in scientific data.
DENR-12 Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer led the ceremonial ribbon cutting on March 8 to officially open the colloquium.
Fifteen (15) research abstracts were displayed at the Veranza Mall's Activity Center. The showcased studies revealed significant data on the seascape's resources such as the status of its beach forests, the behavior of its resident whales and dolphins, and the apparent buildup of microplastics in its shores.
On the second day of the two-day activity, researchers competed for the best oral presenter of the Science Research Colloquium, with Ms. Liezle Coronica from Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (NDDU) Gensan won the first prize. DepEd Teacher II Mr. Pepin Panerio won the best Poster Presenter Award of the Colloquium, while senior high students of Alabel National Science Highschool bagged the most promising study.
PENR Officer of Sarangani Maria Elvira V. Lumayag expressed her gratitude at the researchers' enthusiasm in presenting their studies.
"We look forward to more research entries on the next Science Colloquium!” she said. | With report and photos from PAMO-SBPS