Earlier this week, representatives from the local government units of Munoz, Nueva Ecija; Taysan and Padre Garcia, Batangas; and LCCAD of Bicol, attended a workshop conducted by the UP Resilience Institute. The workshop took place from 13-15 March 2018 and it focused on familiarizing the participants with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Recognizing that geographic information and analysis can significantly help the Local Government Units (LGUs) in the conduct of climate vulnerability and disaster risk assessment, and even comprehensive land use and development plans; UPRI conducted the lectures and hands-on workshops in order to assist the members of the LGUs in the development of their knowledge and skills in GIS.
More specifically the workshop aimed to equip the participants to be able to:
- Understand the basic concepts, principles, and applications of GIS
- Identify different types of spatial data and thematic maps
- Develop basic skills in using GIS tools and software
- Develop skills in primary data gathering, use of GPS, and basic data management; and
- Extract exposure data from existing land use maps
The 18 participants learned about different concepts of GIS with the help of UPRI researchers and scientists.
The participants were also immersed in some hands-on workshop activities prepared by the lecturers and aided by facilitators from UP NOAH. The hands-on workshop included: map lay-outing, data capture using GPS, digitizing of land use maps, operating softwares (OpenStreetMap, ArcMap, Google Earth), among others.
UPRI and NOAH Center Executive Director Dr. Mahar Lagmay also expressed his gratitude to the participants and reminded them the bigger goal of the workshop: the dream of seeing a more resilient Philippines through the empowerment of local communities.
This vision is in line with the goal of the UP Resilience Institute, under the UP Office of the President, as stated in the 2018 GAA Special Provision, to “empower LGUs with science-based information and technologies for development planning, such as Climate Vulnerability and Disaster Risk Assessment (CVDRA) and multi-scenario, probabilistic hazard maps.”