A Publication of the Western Philippines University, San Juan, 5302 Aborlan, Palawan, Philippines
resin harvesting Effects of resin harvesting on the status of the Agathis philippinensis population in the Cleopatra’s Needle Critical Habitat, the Philippines.
        In Palawan, the Philippines, a biological hotspot was turned into a protected area, called Cleopatra’s Needle Critical Habitat (CNCH). The most important goals of the CNCH are to conserve the rich endemic biodiversity and to maintain the culture of the Batak, a group of indigenous people who depend on forest resources for their livelihood. As resin extraction from Agathis philippinensis is a key component of the income of the Batak people, it is important to study the scope for sustainable exploitation of this species.
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riparian forest Importance of riparian forest in enhancing the avifaunal diversity of upland agricultural landscape.
        To understand the importance of riparian forest in enhancing the avifaunal diversity in upland agricultural landscape, this study compared the avifaunal community of riparian forest strip to avifaunal community of a swidden farm and a nearby primary forest in Aborlan, Palawan, Philippines from August to November 2010. Results revealed that the riparian forest strip has the highest species richness, diversity index and abundance compared to swidden farm and primary forest.
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acute toxicity Toxicity of dispersed oil on Gold–saddle rabbitfish Siganus guttatus fry.
        The acute toxicity of dispersant Mardeus-455 added to water accommodated fractions (WAF) were evaluated in Gold-saddle rabbitfish Siganus guttatus fry after 72 h exposure under laboratory conditions. Mortalities of fry exposed to different concentrations of dispersed oil were recorded every hour for the first 6 h, every 3 h for the next 12 h, and every 6 h thereafter. Results showed that the higher the ratio of dispersant and WAF, the higher the mortality of the rabbitfish fry which may be due to the enhanced availability of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH).
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Research Instruction Research instruction among secondary schools implementing Science, Technology and Engineering (STE) program in MIMAROPA Region.
        Research plays a critical role of expanding the frontier of knowledge and boosting national economic development, but research as a field is undervalued in the Philippines. This study assessed the status of research instruction in terms of course content, teaching strategies, and research collaboration among secondary schools implementing Science, Technology and Engineering (STE) Program in MIMAROPA Region, school year 2015-2016.
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Actinopyga spinea Possible occurrence of the sea cucumber Actinopyga spinea (Cherbonnier 1980) in Arreceffi Island, Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines.
        Sea cucumbers under the genus Actinopyga are among the commonly exploited species in the Philippines. At present, there are five species belonging to this genus in the country namely, A. echinites, A. lecanora, A. mauritiana, A. miliaris and A. obesa (Schoppe 2000, Akamine 2005, Kerr et al. 2006, Olavides et al. 2010, Purcell et al. 2012, Jontila et al. 2014). Recent surveys in different sites in Palawan did not show the occurrence of other Actinopyga species (Dolorosa and Jontila 2012, Collantes 2013, Pitong 2013, Sabay 2013, Saclet 2013, Dolorosa 2015).
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