Professors Sheila Bayog and Sheila Bayquin shared the findings on their studies about the livelihoods of the people living in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato during the 5th Asia Future Conference on January 9-13, 2020 at University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna.

With the international conference’s theme “Sustainable shared growth: Our common home and happiness,” the participants of a variety of research expertise gathered to update themselves with new knowledge on peace, health, innovation, environment, education, and shared growth.


Prof. Bayog presented the research “Fishing-related livelihood in the Municipality of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato,” which was co-written with Prof. Leonora Gio of NDMU and Rosalina Palanca-Tan of Ateneo de Manila University.

Meanwhile, Prof. Bayquin’s paper, co-written with Prof. Palanca-Tan, is titled “Tourism-related livelihood in Lake Sebu.”

The studies are a part of the ongoing research project “Estimating the total economic value of Lake Sebu Ecosystem in South Cotabato, Mindanao,” which is funded by the Commission on Higher Education. The research team is intended to publish four papers.


The international conference was organized by the Sekiguchi Global Research Association, a civil society organization in Tokyo Japan which aims to promote “good global citizenship through the principle of harmony in diversity.”

The keynote speaker of the event is Jose Castillo Laurel V, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to Japan.