[Speakers Announcement] HIC in the Philippines Panel Session 3 – Forest Resource Utilization: Taking Advantage and Care of Philippine Biodiversity

Opportunities for valuable interdisciplinary discussions are once again made available by Leave a Nest in the Hyper Interdisciplinary Conference (HIC) that will be held this November 11, 2023. Researchers, companies and government institutions will be brought together for an exchange of knowledge during presentations and panel discussions. This year’s panel discussions will focus on tackling issues and solutions on education, health and the environment.

The third panel session for this year’s HIC Philippines is entitled “Forest Resource Utilization: Taking Advantage and Care of Philippine Biodiversity” where we will discuss the importance of our forest resources and explore how we can utilize them in a more sustainable manner. Through this discussion, the participants can learn more about how natural product researchers have been trying to discover or validate new uses of our forest and natural resources, and see how they can collaborate with government agencies and other institutions in conservation of these forest resources. This discussion also acts as a call for partners and collaborators for the same cause: protection and restoration of our forests and biodiversity.

The panelists for this session include a natural product researcher from the University of Antique who is recently focused on ethnobotany research in collaboration with a company overseas, and another researcher from the University of the Philippines Manila who is currently undertaking research on the chemistry of natural products. We will also be having a representative from the Center for Conservation Innovation Ph Inc. (CCIPH), a non-profit NGO that was set up to help enable and accelerate the achievement of effective and sustainable biodiversity conservation. Check out more information about these panelists below:


Session Panelists

Ms. Jessebel V. Gadot
Centralized Analytical Testing Laboratory (CATL)
University of Antique

Asst. Prof. Jessebel V. Gadot completed her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Chemistry, at the University of Philippines – Visayas. She also earned a Master of Science in Animal Nutrition and Feed Safety at Szent Istvan University in Kaposvar. Ms Gadot has further developed her technical skills in material science and nanotechnology as a University Researcher in Material Science and Nanotechnology Laboratory of Regional Research Center (MSNL-RRC) of UP Visayas until 2021. Currently, she pioneers the establishment and operationalization of the first research and testing laboratory in Antique, Centralized Analytical Testing Laboratory (CATL). She is working as an Assistant Professor I and designated as Director of Integrated Research Centers in the University of Antique with involvement in DOST-PCIEERD funded, externally and in-house funded research projects. One of its current research projects focuses on the exploration of plants and animals in Antique province that has delightful sensations.

Dr. Joanna Orejola
Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy
University of the Philippines Manila

Dr. Joanna Orejola graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from University of the Philippines Manila in 2002. After obtaining her pharmacist license, she pursued a Master of Science in Biochemistry while serving as an instructor in the same university. She furthered her studies abroad and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Natural Products Chemistry) from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Nagasaki University. Currently, she is continuing research on the chemistry of natural products in the Philippines while working as an Associate Professor under the College of Pharmacy in the University of the Philippines Manila.

Dr. Mary Ann C. Bautista
Center for Conservation Innovation Ph Inc. (CCIPH)

Dr. Mary Ann C. Bautista is a botanist from the Center for Conservation Innovations Ph, Inc. She earned her Ph.D. in Botany from the South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Her research interests include biodiversity, plant systematics, taxonomy, phylogenomics, species conservation, and forest restoration. She is also an associate member of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). Currently, she is working on projects related to high conservation value assessments (HCVAs), forest restorations, and recovery planning (especially in typhoon-hit areas). She is also involved in the development of the HCVA framework for the Philippines with DENR. Her other works are mostly related to taxonomic and conservation studies of Philippine plants.

Conference Details

Date: November 11, 2022
Time: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Venue: Benavides Bldg., University of Santo Tomas (Sampaloc, Manila)

Program Timeline

Time Activity
9:30 - 10:00 Opening Ceremony
10:00 - 11:00 Keynote Session:
Convergence of Reformative Technologies for Localized Solutions
11:00 - 11:30 Research Splash 1
11:30 - 12:00 Poster Session 1
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 - 14:00 Panel Session 1
The Outlook of Education: Exploring the Integration of Cyber Technology
14:00 - 14:30 Research Splash 2
14:30 - 15:00 Poster Session 2
15:00 - 16:00 Panel Session 2
Ensuring the Future of Filipinos: the Different Angles of Health and Wellness
16:00 - 17:00 Panel Session 3
Forest Resource Utilization: Taking Advantage and Care of Philippine Biodiversity
17:00 - 17:30 Announcements and Closing Remarks


To know more about the conference, watch out for future announcements in the HIC website below:
Hyper Interdisciplinary Conference in the Philippines 2023

You can also check out our previous news releases:


For other questions and concerns, you can also contact Leave a Nest Philippines, Inc through:
Hannah Balisi ([email protected])
Ronrick Arayata ([email protected])