PHIL LiDAR 2 Agricultural Mapping Forum and Turn Over Ceremony

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21-22 July 2015, Engineering Theater, UP Diliman and Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Quezon City

A fresh start in supporting the effort of the national government in resources assessment, Nationwide Detailed Resource Assessment using LiDAR, also known as PHIL LiDAR 2 conducted the Agricultural Mapping Forum and Maps Turnover last July 21-22, 2015 at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman and Richmonde Hotel, Eastwood, Quezon City respectively.

The Agricultural Resources Extraction from LiDAR Surveys or PARMap Project under PHIL LiDAR 2 successfully produced initial sets of Agricultural Land Cover maps distributed to the selected Local Government Units (LGUs). These maps also included electronic copies in the form of shape files and .kmz files that are useful for the planning activities of the municipal agricultural officers. Prior to its turn-over, maps were subject to validation and verification by the LGUs. The Agricultural Mapping Forum held in UP Diliman on July 21, served as their venue for collaboration with the participating LGUs in order to ensure that the use of maps and the sharing agreement is clearly understood.

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Agricultural Mapping Forum, July 21, UP Diliman Engineering Theater

The activities during the Agricultural Mapping Forum held in Engineering Theater, UP Diliman are as follows:

  • Introduction of PHIL LIDAR 2 Program by Dr. Ariel C. Blanco
  • Overview of GIS: Data and Applications by Engr. Edgardo Macatulad
  • Presentation of PARMap Data and Processes
  • Forum: LGU Participation, Needs, Assistance and Other Concerns in using and updating the Data
  • Breakout Session
  • Per Cluster (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) Presentation

During the breakout session, participants were divided per cluster: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Breakout session was conducted in order to thoroughly discuss with the LGUs how the maps were produced, how to use it for their planning and how they can help in updating the maps.

Turnover Ceremony, July 22, Richmonde Hotel Eastwood

The turnover ceremony which proceeded in the second day were attended by the DOST officials, selected LGUs, participating PHIL LiDAR 2 implementing institutions from the fifteen (15) SUCs and HEIs.

The DOST was grateful to be a forefront of the administration in safeguarding the nation’s development through S&T and innovation.

Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, Undersecretary for S&T Services, who gave her opening remarks, expressed her gratitude to the PHIL LiDAR 2 Program team in making the event possible at the early stage of its implementation. On her message, she informed that a total of 32 agricultural resource maps were produced for distribution to the selected LGUs. She also shared that through the Agricultural Mapping Forum, they were able to enhance the capabilities of the LGUs in using the maps.

“It is important that our LGUs know how to interpret the maps so they can effectively use them for planning and decision making,” said Usec. Guevara.

She also stated that the agricultural resource maps will deliver them accurate and updated information for them to have better management of resources in relation to the hazards brought by the natural calamities.

In its desire to preserve and support the natural resources, DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo, also gave his message and stressed the importance of S&T services for the people and for the country by producing technology that helps lessen the casualties when calamities strikes. According to him, by using the valuable LiDAR data for resource assessment, it is more than maximizing the use of the data but also for building back better for the next generation through Science and Technology.

Furthermore, Sec. Montejo is very hopeful that through the turnover of maps, the country’s natural resources are best managed and assessed.

Aside from having Sec. Montejo and Usec. Guevara to grace the event, it became more significant with the presence of Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of Agriculture and Food Committee in the Senate. As part of the continuous support of Senator Villar, who has greater sympathy to the farmers and fisher folks and is very much into poverty reduction, agrees that mapping the Philippine Resources will be very useful to various applications and will truly benefit various sectors as she took as an example the agriculture that will be useful to irrigation assessment and aquaculture production.

Sen. Villar acknowledged the use of LiDAR, other methodologies and the importance of S&T based Research and Development in the growth and development of the country. She said that through this innovations and pioneering technologies, the lives of farmers and fisherfolks will improve by making their work easier, growing their earning ability, also by generating new opportunities and income by opening new markets for them.

All the three distinguished guest speakers also mentioned about the damages and casualties becomes crucial due to stronger typhoons. Hazard mapping of the Philippines or Phil LiDAR 1 produces accurate, detailed, and high resolution maps with early warning systems, flood hazard, and inundation maps that will be a great help in preparation and mitigation for lesser to zero damage or casualties in the future. Progressively, the aim is to aid the country’s next generation for them to have a better place to live in.

Also present in the Turnover Ceremony are Assistant Secretary of the DOST Raymund Liboro and Carlos Primo C. David, Executive Director of PCIEERD. Both joined the stage for the ceremonial turnover of the maps for the LGUs.

The team expects that Phil LiDAR 2 will be more sustainable and responsive in utilization of space technologies for improved natural resource assessment of the country.

The program ended with a closing remarks from the PHIL LiDAR 2 Program Leader, Dr. Ariel C. Blanco.

Written by: Ms. Jenny Leigh Daquioag

Photos by: For. Roven D. Tumaneng I

 

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