The Phil-LiDAR 2 program conducted its 1st Luzon-wide Cluster Colloquium at Fersal Hotel, Puerto Princesa City on March 13 to 14, 2015. The colloquium, the first of its kind that is focused on a certain cluster, is hosted by the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) Phil-LiDAR 2 team.
The event is attended by Phil-LiDAR 2 project personnel from different participating higher education institutions (HEIs) in Luzon namely, Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Isabela State University (ISU), Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT), and Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU). The event is also attended by project leaders from the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and monitors from the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development PCIEERD)under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
UPLB Phil-LiDAR 2 Project Leader Dr. Damasa Macandog graced the event with her opening remarks. She underscored the need for coordination among projects as the Phil-LiDAR 2 is a project which would greatly benefit the development of the country. “Ang project (Phil-LiDAR 2) ay may malaking impact kaya kailangan natin mag coordinate ng activities for the success of the project. This is a great contribution to the development of our country”, Macandog said.
Phil-LiDAR 2 is a DOST-funded project which aims to map out resources of the country. The 3-year project aims to identify resources for agriculture, coastal, forest, rivers, and to identify potential areas for renewable energy production. The colloquium aims to unify the efforts of all HEIs in the activities for Phil-LiDAR 2 in Luzon and to cooperate for a more dynamic conduct of the project. Updates and progress are reported by each attending HEI.
(Hector MJC Brizuela/Edgilyn Alcasid, PCIEERD-DOST)