PJS 152 No1

Philippine Journal of Science Vol. 152 No. 1, February 2023



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Journal Status Report 2022
Caesar A. Saloma


Species Accounts, Assemblage, and Microhabitats of Amphibians and Reptiles of Northeastern Leyte, Philippines
Syrus Cesar P. Decena, Dionesio R. Macasait Jr., and Michael S. Arguelles

Report on the Implications of COVID-19 Pandemic on Scientists in the Philippines
Pierangeli G. Vital and Frances Nicole B. de la Cuesta

Efficacy against Molds and Decay Fungi of Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) Formulations Applied on Forest Woody Vines
Shirley A. Pelayo, Sheryll C. Micosa, Kennethjer G. Alejo, and Alaine P. Omalin

Market Fish Resources in Magallanes, Sorsogon, Philippines
Mark Ariel D. Malto and Richard V. Dumilag

Assessing Community Participation in Coastal Resource Management in Lupon, Davao Oriental, Philippines
Kurt Adrian Warguez, Aurelia Luzviminda V. Gomez, Marilou O. Montiflor, and Roxanne T. Aguinaldo

Checklist of the Genus Nupserha Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae: Saperdini) in the Philippines with a Re-description of Nupserha melanoscelis Aurivillius, 1922 from Northern Mindanao
Medina and Analyn A. Cabras

Validity of Body Roundness Index to Screen Abnormal Blood Lipid among Filipino Adults
John Carlo R. Morillo, Ernani R. Bullecer, and Chona Fernandez-Patalen

Partial Purification and Characterization of Cyclodextrin Glucanotransferase from Alkalihalobacillus lehensis M136 Isolated from Manleluag Hyperalkaline Spring in Pangasinan, Philippines
Eula Francia M. Bosito, Andrew D. Montecillo, Rose Ann G. Franco, Noel G. Sabino, Aryana Lee G. Bertuso, Bernadette C. Mendoza, and Nacita B. Lantican

Communication Complexities of Leakage-secure PKE Cryptosystems and Generic Transformations
Alfonso B. Labao and Henry N. Adorna

Prevalence and Factors Associated with Hypertension among Filipino Adults in Different Survey Periods
Chona F. Patalen, Maria Stephanie N. Parani, Apple Joy D. Ducay, Karla Denice A. Inso, Antoniette G. Cristobal, Ma. Lilibeth P. Dasco, and Charmaine A. Duante

Effect of Maturity on Physicochemical and Fatty Acid Profile of Philippine Pili (Canarium ovatum Engl.)
Cristopher G. Millena, Krizza Ashley V. Baloloy, Natalie G. Doma, and Pamela B. Hernan

Effect of Debranching Pullulanase for Resistant Starch Levels and Prebiotic Properties of High Carbohydrate Foods: Meta-analysis Study
Muhammad Isra, Dimas Andrianto, and R. Haryo Bimo Setiarto

Chemistry Takes Center Stage: Stories and Narratives as Tools for Instruction
Ronald L. Reyes

Potential Utilization of 12 Climbing Bamboo Species Found in Luzon Island, Philippines
Elvina O. Bondad, Oliver S. Marasigan, Marina A. Alipon, and Shereyl A. Daguinod

Unmasking the Real Effect of Gender of Household Head in Household Food Security in the Philippines
Mildred O. Guirindola, Carlo G. Custodio Jr., Jessica D. Villanueva, and Ruel B. Guirindola

Gleaning Fishery in Batan Estuary, Aklan, Western Visayas, Philippines
Annabelle G.C. del Norte-Campos, Lorelie Burgos-Nu┼łeza, and Switzel Lapara

Nutritional Composition, Physicochemical, and Functional Properties of Black Fonio (Digitaria iburua Stapf)
Fidelis C.K. Ocloo, Wisdom S.K. Agbemavor, Ernestina A. Ayeh, Martin N.Y.H. Egblewogbe, and Bernard T. Odai

Physico-chemical Properties and Botanical Origin of Honey Produced by Tetragonula biroi Friese Collected from Select Sites in Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, and Albay, Philippines
Ma. Desiree Belina-Aldemita, Von Carlo D.G. Evangelista, Elmer A. Polintan, Marlon N. Manalo, Cleofas R. Cervancia, Jose Rene L. Micor, and Paul Lloydson J. Alvarez

Influence of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Nitrogen-fixing Bacteria on Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) Planted in Acidic Soil Amended With Bamboo Biochar
Joshua G. Jomao-as, Noel S. Sabino, Bernadette C. Mendoza, and Nelly S. Aggangan

Biomass and Carbon Stock Assessment of Trees in the Lowland Evergreen Forest of Mt. Iraya, Batanes, Philippines
Roscinto Ian C. Lumbres, Deign Frolley C. Soriano, Nova D. Doyog, Romel A. Raterta, Severino C. Villarta Jr., and Zenaida G. Baoanan

Genetic Diversity and Structure of Dominant Seagrass Species in the Southern Philippines for Conservation and Adaptive Management
Dan Moywela Arriesgado, Hiroyuki Kurokochi, Elgen Moywela Arriesgado, Elnor Caseres Roa, Ruby Castrence Gonzales, Aida Dadole Perpetua, Delyn Megarbio Bucay, Ayuka Iwakiri, and Chunlan Lian

Development of Pag-asa Reefs, West Philippine Sea: Role of Relative Sea Level Change and Wave Exposure
Denise Faye S. Janer, Mary Rose P. Gabuyo, Anne Drew V. Carrillo, Paolo Emanuel Y. Co, Aiko Love B. del Rosario, Michael Jayson S. Morata, Jelee B. Dayao, Maylord M. de Chavez, Dennis Arsenio B. Bringas, Cesar L. Villanoy, and Fernando P. Siringan

Knowledge and Practice on Nutrition Facts Panel among Young Adults Aged 19 to 30 Years Old in the National Capital Region, Philippines
Noymee Anne E. Lopez and Ernani R. Bullecer

Critical Periods of Controlling Lowland Ecotype Cyperus rotundus L. under Flooded Rice Conditions
Dindo King M. Donayre, Jessica Joyce L. Jimenez, and Edwin C. Martin

Automated Classification and Identification System for Freshwater Algae Using Convolutional Neural Networks
John O-Neil V. Geronimo, Eldrin DLR. Arguelles, and Katrina Joy M. Abriol-Santos

Optimization of Spray Drying Conditions for the Development of Fermented Shrimp Powder Using Response Surface Methodology
Danilo V. Barcelon Jr., Virjo-Anne L. Lacasandile, Christine Ann S. Tila, and Ma. Dolor L. Villaseñor

Morphological Characterization and Species Verification Using Cytochrome C Oxidase Subunit I (COI) of Two Laguna Populations of the Cacao Pachyrhynchid Beetle, Pachyrhynchus moniliferus Germar, 1823 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)
Kimberly Ann S. Domingo, Barbara L. Caoili, and Sheryl A. Yap

Response Surface Methodology and Artificial Neural Network Optimization and Modeling of the Saccharification and Fermentation Conditions of the Polyhydroxybutyrate Production from Corn Stover
Chester Jules A. Tantoco, Princess J. Requiso, Catalino G. Alfafara, Jewel A. Capunitan, Fidel Rey P. Nayve Jr., and Jey-R S. Ventura

Distribution and Ecology of Metapocyrtus (Metapocyrtus) ged Cabras & Medina, 2021 in Mindanao, Philippines
Romeo R. Patano Jr., Alma B. Mohagan, Amy G. Ponce, Maria Melanie M. Guiang, Rodceal Malinao, Gretl Rae P. Pescuela, and Fulgent P. Coritico

Pretreatment Optimization of Corn Stover with Subsequent Enzymatic Hydrolysis for Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) Production
Nika Anna D. Perez, Princess J. Requiso, Catalino G. Alfafara, Jewel A. Capunitan, Fidel Rey P. Nayve Jr., and Jey-R S. Ventura

Comparative Study on Determination of Critical Minerals in Ni Laterites Using Handheld LIBS, Handheld XRF, and ICP-MS
Cris Reven L. Gibaga, Mariel O. Montano, Jessie O. Samaniego, Alexandria M. Tanciongco, Rico Neil M. Quierrez, John Henry C. Gervasio, Rachelle Clien G. Reyes, Monica Joyce V. Peralta, and George V. Catague Jr.

Total Phenolic and Flavonoid Content and In Vitro Antioxidant Activity of Selected Herbal Products Using Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, Multi-radical (ORAC MR5) Assays
Jay-ar I. Villaruz, Kathleen Beverly P. Yao, Frederick B. dela Cruz, Cleofe A. Calanasan, Ronald R. Matias, Rodolfo S. Pagcatipunan, Jonas D. Policarpio, and Gerald C. Vilela

Description of a New Subspecies of Cyriotasiastes rhetenor (Newman, 1842) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lami-inae) from Ilocos Norte Province, Philippines with Notes on the Species Ecology, Behavior, Threats, and Conservation
Milton Norman D. Medina, Decier Oliver R. Mapile, Analyn A. Cabras, and Arvids Barsevskis

Agronomic, Yield, and Yield-related Traits of Lowland Rice (Oryza sativa L.) to the Regeneration Plasticity of Ratoon Crop
Cielo Luz C. Mondejar and Gerald E. Bello

Potential Participation of Fisherfolks in Tourism Activities in Samal Island, Mindanao, Philippines
Roxanne T. Aguinaldo and Aurelia Luzviminda V. Gomez

Acute Oral Toxicity Test of Philippine "Bignay" [Antidesma bunius (Linn.) Spreng cv. 'Common'] in ICR Mice
Maria Anville A. dela Cruz, Liezl M. Atienza, Roxanne P. Gapasin, Jonna Rose C. Maniwang, Dianne Jane A. Sunico, James Ryan D. Aranzado, Joan I. Delomen, Loraine C. Bainto-Ancheta, Katherine Ann T. Castillo-Israel, Rohani B. Cena-Navarro, Mark Joseph M. Desamero, and Maria Amelita C. Estacio

Adoption and Performance of Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) Technology in the Philippines
Aerone Philippe G. Bautista, Alice B. Mataia, Chona P. Austria, Marites M. Tiongco, and Alice G. Laborte

Evaluation of Geochemical Signature in Soil Sampled from a 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami-stricken Region in Aceh Province Using Scanning Electron Microscopy–Energy Dispersive X-ray (SEM-EDX) Spectroscopy
R. Mitaphonna, M Ramli, N. Ismail, and N. Idris

First Record of Culturable Microbial Communities Associated with the Freshwater Sponge Spongilla alba in Lake Taal, Philippines
Joe Anthony H. Manzano, Marlan T. Magdalaga, Ellha Mae Nicole M. Nicolas, Milen Angelie R. Medalla, Miguel Gabriel Z. Urrutia, Lloyd Christian J. Llames, Allan Patrick G. Macabeo, and Rey Donne S. Papa

Microplastics in Northern Laguna Lake’s Shoreline Sediments
Cervinia V. Manalo, Cherrylene M. Bolante, and Amelia B. Hizon-Fradejas