The NAMRIA co-organized and co-sponsored the 8th Multi- Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Asia (MGA) Conference held at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, CCP Complex, Pasay City on 14-16 November 2016. The MGA is an organization that seeks to promote multi-GNSS utilization and applications in the Asia and Oceania region. Under the leadership of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the MGA also promotes research and industrial activities through demonstration campaigns such as this conference. The MGA is composed of different government agencies, private corporations, and universities from different countries in Asia, Europe, and Oceana regions.
8th Multi-GNSS Asia Conference delegates
In her welcome speech, Mapping and Geodesy Branch Assistant Director Ofelia T. Castro said that as the central mapping agency of the Philippines, NAMRIA has always been at the forefront in pushing the adoption of GNSS technology in all surveying and mapping activities in the country. She highlighted the recent developments in GNSS such as the growing number of constellations, more robust systems, emerging and innovative applications, and the recently approved UN resolution on Global Geodetic Reference Frame. These recent developments continue to contribute towards building smart and resilient communities worldwide. Assistant Director Castro also encouraged the delegates to actively participate in the discussions since the conference is a forum to exchange ideas, build and strengthen networks, and forge the direction of GNSS.
NAMRIA delegates to the conference
NAMRIA delegates, Engr. Charisma Victoria D. Cayapan and Physical Oceanography Division (POD) Chief Dennis Arsenio B. Bringas, presented during the “Special Session for the Philippines.” Engr. Cayapan did a presentation about “Geodynamic Effects on the Philippines’ Geodetic Control Network and its Implications to the Modernization of the Philippine Geodetic Reference System, while Mr. Bringas presented “Continuous GNSS Observations at Tide Stations: An Attempt to determine the Contribution of Vertical Land Motion to Sea Level Rise.”
Engr. Cayapan (left) and POD Chief Bringas (right) in their respective presentations
The topics discussed during the conference were Location Based Service, Disaster Mitigation and Management, Intelligent Transport System, and Precise Positioning among others. The conference was attended by delegates from various private organizations, academe, and national government agencies from different countries.
Deputy Administrator Efren P. Carandang during the cocktails for the delegates