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RDO conducts Environmental Research as prelim for long-term Environmental Education and Waste Management Program

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            The UNO-R Research and Development Office (RDO) engaged in an environmental assessment of its outreach recipient Mambacayo Daku Island, June 14-16.

            The environmental assessment was designed to assess the area for its climate change impact and
its overall condition since the community was at high risk for the impacts of calamities. A visual assessment together with physical and microbiological assessment was conducted by the staff together with volunteer Medical
technologists.

           “To ascertain the quality of environmental waters around the island so that they will know which areas are clean and safe for swimming and fishing and which areas need attention for rehabilitation”, RDO Director Dr. Mona Freda Secondes, ChE, said.

            A visual assessment focused on assessing the 18-hectare island through means of addressing population density, coral reef health, and other associated observations. The team was able to discover an abundance of solid waste littering around the island, which would require immediate remediation.

            During their visual assessment of the coral reef health, the team was able to identify a lot of corals and fish. Moreover, the team members noted a high concentration of algal growth, which is an indicator of pollution. Previously, the team visited the venue in 2017, and the members noted that the algal growth had not been present.

         The team assessed the east portion of the island where water samples were gathered for testing of the following parameters: phosphates, ammonia-nitrogen, dissolved oxygen, total dissolved solids/conductivity, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and pH. These parameters would illustrate the water condition, bringing insight to the measures that would require intervention.

The team engaged in a preliminary assessment on June 14 to be able to identify sampling points and other visual
aspects for further investigation. The team then spent June 15 to collect the samples, which are currently being analyzed at Negros Prawn, the Chemical Engineering Laboratory and the Biochemical Laboratory.

“Education of the residents is important, particularly in the protection of the marine resources. Moreover, they should be oriented toward an effective waste management system”, Secondes said

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