NAMRIA Administrator Dr. Peter N. Tiangco, CESO I, along with Mapping and Geodesy Branch (MGB) Director Ruel DM. Belen, and his staff, went to Basco, Batanes on 8 May, 2017 to coordinate with the Batanes Provincial Government regarding the geospatial data and training requirements of its municipalities. The team from NAMRIA was welcomed and hosted by Batanes Governor Marilou H. Cayco.
Batanes Gov. Cayco (middle) with Administrator Tiangco (orange shirt) and Director Belen (checkered shirt)
along with Provincial Government and PENRO officers, and NAMRIA officials and staff
During the meeting, they discussed the current capability and geospatial data needed by the different municipalities of Batanes in updating their Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), and Eco-Tourism Master Plan. Administrator Tiangco informed the Governor that NAMRIA has already high-resolution satellite imageries and large-scale digital topographic maps of Batanes that can be provided to the provincial government for free. The meeting was a follow-up to a previous visit of the mayors of Batanes in NAMRIA last March 2017. Tentative date for advance GIS training was set on first week of June 2017.
During the meeting between NAMRIA and Batanes Provincial Government officials and staff
Also present in the meeting were Batanes Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Rolando B. Ventolero, PENRO-OIC and Administrative Chief Victoria D. Baliuag, NAMRIA-MGB Cartography Division Chief Brian A. Dela Cruz, Photogrammetry Chief Nicandro P. Parayno, Printing and Reprography Chief Celodonio DJ. Pili, Liberty E. Caluya, Lailah B. Gealone, Jene J. San Buenaventura, Erwin L. Orpilla, Ramina DC. Belen, Mary-Ann A. Magsumbol, Maria Jasmin M. Peralta, Francia J. Clerigo, and Philip G. Serazon. At that time, these personnel of MGB were conducting field completion survey of cartographically enhanced maps of Batanes at scale 1:10,000 and maintenance and recovery of geodetic control points and benchmarks.
Administrator Tiangco (right) with Gov. Cayco (middle) and Director Belen (left)