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Last September 1, 2022, the National Research Council of the Philippines of the Department of Science and Technology (NRCP, DOST), in collaboration with Municipality of Del Carmen, Siargao, Surigao del Norte, launched the 21 animated science videos titled, WORTH MORE THAN GOLD: SIARGAO'S BIODIVERSITY at Bayay Numancia, Poblacion, Del Carmen, Siargao.

The Animated Videos

The science video package is composed of 21 animated videos, 3 videos each for the 7 kinds of animals.

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Specifically, the videos intend to serve as supplemental learning materials for Grades 4 to 10 science lessons with the goal of enhancing not only the appreciation of the vast, rich, and beautiful Siargao’s biodiversity but also love and care for nature and the environment.

Based on the DepEd Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELC), the science concepts and information incorporated in the screenplays of these videos are the most important knowledge and skills required to be attained by the learners after science lessons are completed.

The experts of the Biology Group of the National Institute of Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED, UP Diliman) reviewed the scripts of the animated videos to assure the accuracy of both technical and content aspects.

NRCP is set to submit these videos to DepEd-Bureau of Learning Resources (DepEd-BLR) for its possible adoption and utilization of the videos as supplemental science learning materials for Grades 4 -10 science lessons not only in Siargao but across the country as well.

These science videos are produced based on the NRCP research project, Assessment, Inventory and Biological Field Surveys of Flora and Fauna of the Mangrove forests in Del Carmen, Siargao Island conducted by a team of NRCP researchers headed by Dr. Banag-Moran.

The Partnership

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NRCP – LGU del Carmen – DOT – DENR Memorandum of Commitment

(L - R): Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Caraga represented by Mr. Agapito T. Patubo, OIC, PENRO Surigao del Norte; NRCP Researcher, Dr. Cecilia Banag Moran; NRCP President, Dr. Cristine D. Villagonzalo; LGU Del Carmen, Hon. Mayor Alfredo M. Coro; NRCP Executive Director, Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay; LGU Del Carmen, former Mayor Baby M. Coro; and Department of Tourism (DOT) - Caraga represented by Ms. Florabelle S. Roculas

To fully promote the use of the 21 animated science videos and implement more scientific programs and initiatives towards the protection and conservation of Siargao’s biodiversity, the NRCP, represented by President, Dr. Villagonzalo and Executive Director, Dr. Sumagaysay sealed partnerships through signing of Memorandum of Commitment among the LGU Del Carmen represented by Hon. Mayor Alfredo Coro II, the Department of Tourism (DOT) - Caraga represented by Ms. Florabelle Roculas, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Caraga represented by OIC, PENRO Surigao del Norte Mr. Agapito Patubo.

This event was participated by Grades 4 – 10 students, teachers, school heads, and superintendents from various schools of Siargao, coming from the west and east districts. Also in attendance are the PENR and MENR Officers, Siargao Island's Municipal Tourism Officers, DOST-Caraga, Mindanao Development Authority, representatives of the nine (9) Siargao municipalities, and the students and faculty members of Surigao del Norte State University.

The media briefing that followed the launch was participated by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Siargao, and participated by Philippine Daily Inquirer's representative Erwin Mascarinas, RMN DXRS, and RPN DXRS. (Jenny Leigh A. Daquioag, DOST-NRCP)

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