For the first time in three decades, the celebration of NAMRIA’s anniversary was held online. The 33rd anniversary was celebrated this way to adhere to the guidelines and protocols developed by the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases as part of the new normal to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease. This year’s theme, Keeping Our Vision 2020 & Staying Healthy @33, highlighted the agency’s need for a healthy workforce in providing efficient public service for all. It also provided an avenue for officials and employees to remember compassion, unity, and peace at a time when these are needed the most.
The official banner for this year's virtual anniversary celebration
The virtual celebration consisted of two parts, and was streamed using web conferencing platforms. The first part of the program showcased a pre-recorded rendition of “Heal Our Land” by Ms. Rosalyn D. Sontillanosa and Mr. Aljerico A. Alcala of GISMB and messages from the following: Chair of the NAMRIA 33rd Anniversary Virtual Celebration Organizing Committee and Geospatial Information System Management Branch (GISMB) Director John Santiago F. Fabic; Deputy Administrators Jose C. Cabanayan, Jr. and Efren P. Carandang; NAMRIA Administrator, Usec. Peter N. Tiangco, PhD; and DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, who was represented by Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Rodolfo C. Garcia.
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...Deputy Administrators Cabanayan and Carandang.
GISMB Director Fabic delivers his message as Chair of the organizing committee.
Amid the adversities faced by the country from COVID-19, Administrator Tiangco, in his message, renewed the agency’s commitment to continued progress and excellence. He recognized NAMRIA’s frontliners who remain focused on the needs of clients in the midst of a global pandemic. He also cited the preventive measures implemented by NAMRIA during the enhanced, modified enhanced, and general community quarantine periods.
Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Rodolfo C. Garcia delivered the message for NAMRIA on behalf of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu. He recognized the best practices of the agency, particularly the development of the COVID Map App in collaboration with the Department of Health. He also reminded everyone to remain vigilant and partake in the Government’s solutions against the further spread of COVID-19.
The second part of the program formally introduced the Branch and Agency slogans which are: Hydrography Branch – Charting for Safety at Sea; Mapping and Geodesy Branch – Mapping and Surveying for a Solid Foundation; Resource Data Analysis Branch – Mapping Environment and Natural Resources for Sustainability; GISMB – Geospatially Connecting People; Support Services Branch – Sustaining Work and Life Balance; Administrator’s Office – Leading Excellence in Governance; and NAMRIA – Geospatially Empowering the Nation. The creation of the slogans is part of ongoing efforts to redefine the identities of the units. The Branch/Service colors and emblems, visually depicting branch contributions to NAMRIA, were also presented.
Recipients of the Best Employees and other special awards were also recognized during the event. The celebration ended with an intermission number from the Branch host and the announcement of the winners for the TikTok Challenge. Mr. Jeffrey A. Quodala and Ms. Jhois Roueli O. Ferrer from the Geospatial Information Services Division-GISMB were the emcees for the program.
NAMRIA Branch flags
NAMRIA's 2019 Best Employees
Titkok Challenge winners/contestants
Program emcees Mr. Quodala and Ms. Ferrer of GISMB
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