Date Published: February 28, 2017
Author: Emmanuel Jose
Five students from Nueva Vizcaya State University - College of Forestry (NVSU-CF) emerged as first-runners up after winning four championships out of the seven categories, in the recently concluded 12th National Forestry Olympiad (NFO) held at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, on Feb. 22-24, 2017.
The NVSU team consisted of senior BS Forestry students Elvis P. Bawi-il and Shirley P. Humiwat, junior BS Forestry students Gerlyn B. Orpiano and Liwliwa F. Mamaoag, and sophomore BS Forestry student Aldwin B. Curamen.
The group bagged the championship titles in leaf identification, seed identification, wood identification, and NFOs major highlight, the quiz contest. The team also clinched 2nd place in forest surveying, 6th place in tree measurement, and 8th place in tree disease identification.
Team members Orpiano and Mamaoag shared that bringing home the trophies and medals still feel surreal and that the achievement they have achieved is indeed amazing.
Up until now, we cant believe that we won all of these awards. Honestly, we thought that we will go home empty-handed because we were really pressured, said Orpiano.
It was amazing. All these recognitions seemed to be unbelievable but here it is, we won, Mamaoag said.
When asked about the teams strengths and weaknesses, Orpiano said knowing their individual capacity helped them make both ends meet.
What we consider as our strength is that we know our individual weaknesses, and with that we know when to adjust and how to cope with one another, said Orpiano.
On the other hand, Mamaoag considers every event as their weakness, but with the teams effort, they were able to function as one.
With teamwork, all that we gained and learned during the in-house review paid off. Kung wala ang isa, wala ang lahat ng ito, said Mamaoag.
Dr. Shierel F. Vallesteros, NVSU-CF team coach, said that this years Olympiad was the most exciting and fruitful year, and that it served as a harvest season from all the sacrifices and challenges the team have gone through.
Vallesteros also expressed her thoughts about the performance of the team in the said competition.
I am proud of what they have achieved ginawa nila yung best nila. And I am sure that the other schools were threatened by our performance, Vallesteros said.
For the next NFO on 2019, Vallesteros shared some of their plans like the continuation of in-house review which she considered effective.
We plan to further intensify the in-house review because we have seen its effectiveness. Definitely, we will focus on the topics which we performed least during the contest, said Vallesteros.
This years NFO overall ranking was based on the total accumulated points in the seven contested events and not in the number of categories won.
Despite taking four championships out of the seven events, NVSU team landed first runner-up. The UP Los Baños team, however, managed to regain their over-all championship winning two events: the forest surveying and tree disease identification.
The Benguet State University bested the tree measurement event. Completing the top three was Southern Luzon State University as second runner-up.
NVSUs feat as first runner-up this year is the 11th time in the 12 years staging of NFO since 1994, with one time second runner-up finish in 2000. The team received five trophies and a cash prize of P 15, 000.
Besides Vallesteros, Foresters April Sagadraca and Lorena Laguardia served as the teams assistant coaches, together with Forester Romnick Pascua as trainer, and Mr. Jayson Caranza, as their informal coach.
Over 21 State Universities and Colleges all over the country participated the event with the theme Urban forestry as a climate change mitigation strategy for healthy and sustainable environment. #
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