During the 4th regular Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) meeting of Quezon Protected Landscape (QPL), student researchers from Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) presented their research study proposals to the PAMB en banc in compliance with the rules, procedures and protocols in approving requests within a protected area.
These student researchers will work on determining the spatial distribution and dispersal of Almaciga (Agathis philippinensis Warb.), Kamagong (Diospyros discolor) natural regeneration, and seed dispersal of Palo Santo (Triplaris cumingiana Fisch. & C.A. Mey) in Quezon Protected Landscape. The protected area was selected as their area of study since it serves as a home for various native tree species and is one of the protected areas in the Philippines.
Almaciga and Kamagong are listed as “Vulnerable” in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order No. 2004-15 and in the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, meaning, that these native tree species are under threat from adverse factors.
On the other hand, Palo Santo, as presented by one of the student researchers, is a species which can cause competition with locally important plants for space, nutrients, and water. Hence, determining the distribution and dispersal pattern of these native tree species will prospectively help in the management and decision-making processes for QPL.
The proposed studies also aim that after determining the status of these native trees, the information gathered will serve as the foundation for monitoring, reference and baseline data for stakeholders and future studies within the protected area.
It is stated under Section 7. of the QPL Manual of Operations – Procedures in the Approval of Request and Proposals – that before entering and conducting any activity inside the protected area, the proponent should present to the PAMB-Technical Working Committee (TWC) the entire research proposal, set of activities and schedules, that is subject for assessment, evaluation, and recommendation to the PAMB en banc.
Considering that the student researchers passed the requirement, the PAMB of QPL decided to grant them the approval thru issuing clearances and resolutions and ensure that the terms and conditions stipulated therein will be complied. The student researchers were also asked and expected to provide copies of their manuscripts to the Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) of QPL once the research is done.