Towards a geospatially-empowered Philippines: Advanced GIS Training on Disaster Preparedness and Response for LGA selected LGUs
NAMRIA, through the Geomatics training Center (GTC) of the Geospatial Information Systems Management Branch (GISMB), recently conducted an advanced GIS training program using Quantum Geographic Information System (QGIS) software with participants from Local Government Units (LGUs) in Mindanao. The training was held at the Ruby function room of the Pinnacle Hotel and Suites, Santa Ana-Poblacion Davao City on 04-08 December 2017.
It was the fourth training activity conducted under the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for this year between NAMRIA and the Local Government Academy (LGA) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). The memorandum covers the conduct of six GIS training programs with participants from different LGUs all over the country. The training was designed to build the capability of the LGUs in the utilization of GIS technology as a vital tool for disaster preparedness, response and rebuilding, climate change adaptation, and other applications related to public administration and governance.
Mr. Laurio (standing, right) giving insights on the application and usefulness of the QGIS training
Mr. Elmo L. Dimaano, Local Government Operations Officer V, gave the opening remarks and presented the overview of the training program. He emphasized the importance of GIS technology in their planning and decision making process and other projects such as tax mapping, development of public infrastructure and facilities, and disaster risk reduction and management program among others. On the last day of the training, for their final output, the participants were required to generate a customized map lay-out covering.
GPS reading and waypoint markings
GPS installation, calibration and navigation
Mr. Alvin F. Laurio, Mr. Marco Arkiel C. Ilagan and this writer; all from the Geospatial Information Services Division of the GISMB, served as the resource speaker and technical assistants, respectively.