The Sagip Baybay PH Team represented by its staff namely: Ms. Ma. Yvainne Y. Sta Maria (Research Associate), Ms. Constantino and Ms. Manglicmot (both Sr. Research Assistants) participated in the 14th National Symposium on Marine Science held last July 13-15, 2017 at the Chateau Royale Nature Park Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas. With a theme Innovations in Philippine Marine Science: Meeting the Challenges of Growth and Development, the project team has debuted its communication materials as one of the exhibitors during the poster presentation. Posters and brochures tackling coastal erosion management in the Philippines were displayed for evaluation of various personalities in the forefront of marine science including: academicians, scientists, international organizations, non-government organizations (NGOs), government agencies, students, etc.
Given a diverse set of stakeholders, the project team was able to gather valuable feedback regarding the draft version of the communication materials. Two (2) versions of the posters (intended for general public and national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs)); and a brochure for the general public were showcased. A total of 35 respondents have completed the evaluation comprised of 19-36 year old individuals who are geologists, professors, scholars, researchers (Research Assistants, Senior Research Specialists, Coordinator), and students from Manila, Quezon City, UP Diliman, UP Los Baños, Batangas, various parts of Davao, and MSU Tawi-Tawi.
Majority of the respondents were aware of coastal erosion prior to the evaluation of the communication materials. They have suggested concrete points on how the materials can be further improved for its targeted stakeholders. As one of the respondents (a geologist) noted, “the fact that this poster is being produced is a big service to our communities and the Filipinos.”
Article written by Joanne Constantino for Sagip Baybay PH.