MCME – A Qualifier for the 2018 AFMA R & D Award

The Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) was awarded as one of the Qualifiers for the AFMA R& D Paper Award in the recently concluded 30th National Research Symposium (NRS) with the theme: “Generating and Integrating Practices in Agriculture and Fisheries through Participatory R&D” on 7-8 November 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.

The event highlighted the importance of participatory research focusing on collaboration and action in providing a solution and integrating them into best practices for effective contribution in the agriculture and fisheries sector. NRS is a competition open to all Filipino scientists and researchers from the Department of Agriculture (DA) units and attached agencies, state universities and colleges, and other government institutions under the DA’s National Agriculture and Fisheries R&D System (NaRDSAF) that conduct R&D work in agriculture and fisheries (

This year’s NRS received a total of 176 paper submissions. Only 69 paper entries were selected as Qualifiers. From these 69 paper entries, three (3) winning papers were selected and were given respective cash prizes and plaques.

MCME’s qualifying paper is entitled: “Carbon Storage Potential and Recommended Utilization for Sustainable Production and Management of Rubber Tree Plantation: The Case of Mount Makiling Forest Reserve ASEAN Heritage Park, Philippines.” The paper is one of the research outputs of the project entitled: “Technology Development and Utilization on Rubber Production and Management in CALABARZON.” The said project was funded by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) in 2015-2017 wherein For. Nicasio M. Balahadia served as the project leader. Foresters Nicasio M. Balahadia, Leilani A. Castillo, and Myranel S. Canceran received the citation and cash award.


Photos credit to: RPMada

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