Romblon State University faculty and students and several staff of the DENR Protected Area Management Board of Mt. Guiting-guiting Natural Park were trained on biodiversity management methods by a team from the UPLB Museum of Natural History last 10-12 June 2017 at Sibuyan Island off Romblon. The training team was composed of curator Dr. Aimee Lynn Dupo, wildlife biologists James Alvarez and Camila Meneses, entomologist Jeremy Naredo, other museum staff and local field assistants.

The training-workshop was held to train participants on standard methods which are applied in biodiversity studies. Done over a period of three days, the training was composed of several lectures accompanied by hands-on activities. The output of the workshop also included drafts of local research proposals aimed to give solutions to challenges that come with biodiversity management and research.

The team was initially supposed to train more participants from Romblon, Tablas and Sibuyan Islands but only 21 were able to attend due to inclement weather and other unfortunate circumstances. But the reduced number of participants worked well for the program because the training became more focused among the participants and the interactions were tighter. The participants also expressed positive feedback throughout the seminar-workshop.

The training-workshop is part of the Museum of Natural History’s current project to help Sibuyan Islands biodiversity management efforts. The project in the island is also coupled with research activities conducted by Camila Meneses and James Alvarez who are taking their Master’s Degree in Wildlife Studies at UPLB.

Given enough funding, the Museum of Natural History will work towards providing more capability-building programs to the neighboring municipalities such as Magdiwang, San Fernando, and Cajidiocan. The team plans to create culture and language-friendly programs for the local ethnolinguistic groups of Sibuyan so they could also be involved in biodiversity management. They are also hoping to train guide associations so that they can include research information generated by the Museum in tour guiding.

Other projects will include the establishment of a local museum, information campaigns and local engagement in research. These efforts are aimed to establish a holistic program that the museum hopes to replicate in other locations in the country.

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