By: Jeff N. Hunt, MTE, LPT
NAMRIA, through its Geomatics Training Center (GTC), recently conducted the initial and the first for this year, training on Geographic Information System (GIS) technology for the Philippine Disaster Resiliency Foundation (PDRF). A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was inked between NAMRIA, represented by Usec. Peter N. Tiangco, PhD, and PDRF, represented by Mr. Rene S. Meily. PDRF is one of the implementing partners for the Climate Resilient Cities (CRC) Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, in consortium with other entities such as the Conservation International (CI) and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The CRC Project's overall objective is to improve resilience by strengthening the adaptive capacity of the cities to adapt, mitigate, and manage the impacts of climate change and disasters. The MOA was for NAMRIA to conduct GIS training for participants from PDRF, selected local government units (LGUs), academia, national government agencies (NGAs), and CRC Project implementing partners.
A Basic GIS training was conducted for Western Visayas, at the Hotel Del Rio in Molo, Iloilo City on 17-21 April 2023. The participants were from City Agricultural Office, City Assessor's Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, City Planning and Development Office, Central Philippine University, Iloilo Science and Technology University, PDRF, CI, and CRS. The main purpose of the five-day training was to capacitate the participants in using GIS for the decision-making process, program/project monitoring and evaluation, disaster and risk mitigation, and in support of their respective activities being undertaken yearly for their mandates.
PDRF is a non-stock, non-profit organization that aims to serve as the country's private sector, long-term disaster management institution. Such an institution is at the forefront of disaster preparedness and recovery in partnership with the Philippine NGAs and LGUs, civil society, and international agencies. Furthermore, it is the Philippines' major private sector vehicle and coordinator for disaster resilience that bridges partnerships with other private sector, communities, government agencies, LGUs, and humanitarian organizations. It also aims to build disaster-resilient communities and businesses in the country through private sector engagement and innovative disaster risk reduction and management strategies, programs, and technologies.
The NAMRIA training team was composed of Mr. Alvin F. Laurio, main resource speaker; Mr. Jeff N. Hunt and Ms. Nilca Jane F. Fabellon, assigned topic-lecturers and facilitators; and Mr. Marco Arkiel C. Ilagan, training assistant.
The PDRF training coordinators and secretariat were Mr. Alex Czar Masiglat and Ms. Anna Katrina Aspuria, Program Manager and Program Head, respectively. The members of the training secretariat were Ms. Paulith Ann Aguilar, Mr. Mark Emil Aguinaldo, Mr. Rudyard Jose Nano IV, Mr. Mark Lester Rodrigo, and Ms. Ciara Gabriela Villanueva.
Mr. Laurio addresses the participants.
Mr. Hunt and Ms. Fabellon (both standing) guide the participants in their hands-on activity.
Mr. Hunt as topic-lecturer
(Standing from left to right) Ms. Aguilar, Mr. Masiglat, Prof. Christsam Jaspe-Santander of the Central Philippine University holding her certificate of completion, Mr. Laurio, and Mr. Rodrigo
The CRC Project GIS training class of Iloilo City
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