The Sagip Baybay PH team organized a 3-Day Workshop on Coastal Erosion Management for Tertiary Teachers last August 16-18, 2017 at the Pangil Beach Resort in Currimao, Ilocos, Norte. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the lecture materials about coastal erosion and related concepts (e.g., coastal processes and materials, coastal hazards) to tertiary teachers that they can use in their science classes. It is one way of increasing awareness about the problem of coastal erosion, which is prevalent in the Philippines but remains quite unknown to many. These lectures can be included in the Marine Science, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, and even General Education curricula.
This event was attended by 21 tertiary teachers from various pre-selected institutions who are located in or are near coastal communities within Regions I-III (members of DOST Consortia). The attendees included Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT), Cagayan State University Aparri (CSUA), Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU), Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College (ISPSC), Isabela State University (ISU), Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Northwestern University (NWU), Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU), Quirino State University (QSU), and University of Northen Philippines (UNP). These institutions are all members of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Consortia. The workshop attendees endorsed by their institutions are handling courses in biology (general, aquatic), environmental science (envi bio & envi comm.), fisheries (general capture & BS degree), forestry (surveying, protection, and laws), oceanography, and other related subjects. The workshop aims to produce the first set of teachers who will be able to echo the lessons learned during the training in their own institutions.
Various activities were prepared for the teachers throughout the entire workshop. Day 1 was a lecture filled day, followed by an action-packed Day 2 (fieldwork), and Day 3 which was devoted to data processing for beach monitoring surveys and the evaluation of the learning materials.
Day 1 started with a pretest to gauge the knowledge level of the participants regarding coastal erosion and related processes which was facilitated by Ms. Joanne R. Constantino. Dr. Fernando P. Siringan then gave a lecture to introduce coastal processes. It was followed by Dr. Caroline Marie B. Jaraula’s session on coastal landforms and materials. After which an in-depth view on coastal hazards by Dr. Cherry L. Ringor. Dr. Siringan capped off the day with his session on coastal erosion: trends, causes and solutions. Aside from the speakers’ sharing of technical knowledge, they also simulated ways on how to actually teach the materials to undergraduate students.
Article written by Joanne Constantino for Sagip Baybay PH.