3rd seminar for publishing in Sylvatrop held in Legazpi City (July 7, 2017 | Legazpi City)
Sylvatrop Editorial Board, in
coordination with DENR Region V and Land Management Agroforestry and Upland
Farming Technolgy Research Center (LAUFTeRC), hosted the third seminar for
publishing in Sylvatrop last June 6 in Legazpi City.
Seventy-six representatives from
different offices of DENR Region V (e.g., PENRO and CENRO offices, LAUFTeRC)
and state universities (i.e. Bicol State University) participated in the said
This seminar series aims to
encourage the participants to publish their research outputs in Sylvatrop, the
official technical journal of DENR. Dr. Bighani Manipula, Chair of Sylvatrop
Editorial Board, gave a brief background of the said journal. He also discussed
the guidelines in and benefits of publishing for the said journal.
Ms. Adreana Santos-Remo, Managing
Editor of Sylvatrop, gave advices on how to turn research outputs into journal
articles. She also talked about the thorough process, and encouraged the
participants to be open to comments and suggestions from the reviewers and
She also gave examples of
possible topics; those which are not yet explored, and those believed to be a
major concern in the said region (e.g., climate change). She talked about how
these research outputs, if published, can guide other policy makers in distant
Moreover, Alejo Balaguer, Senior
Science Research Specialist in LAUFTeRC, and the only Sylvatrop contributor in
the Bicol region, shared his experience in writing for the said journal. He
believes that publishing is inherent to their job as researchers, and narrates
how being able to publish for Sylvatrop also brought pride not only to him as a
researcher but also to his lead agency.
Oscar Dominguez, Chief of
LAUFTeRC and Roberto Sheen, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services
in DENR Region 5, who represented DENR Region 5 Director Ma. Crisanta Marlene
Rodriguez commenced the said seminar. They talked about the importance of
seminar aiming to orient and encourage the participants about scientific
publishing especially in Sylvatrop.
An open forum at the end of the
lectures served as a way for the participants to clarify certain issues (e.g.,
monetary incentive, authorship), consult for possible articles, and give
suggestions. Moreover, copies of around 30 Sylvatrop issues and other ERDB-DENR
publications, which are in exhibit during the seminar, have been given to the
participants who wish to have a copy.