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NEDA Bicol conducts 5-day training on Geographic Information System

The Regional Land Use Committee, through its secretariat, the NEDA Region 5, spearheaded the 5-day live-out Refresher Course in Basic and Advance Geographic Information System (GIS) Operation for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR/CCA) into the Bicol Regional Physical Framework Plan (RPFP).  It was held from February 26 to March 2, 2018 at the Estevez Hall, NEDA Region 5, Legazpi City.  The training was attended by representatives from the DA, DAR, DENR, DILG, DOT, MGB, OCD, provincial planning and development offices, and NEDA who compose the Regional Land Use Committee-Technical Working Group (RLUC-TWG) tasked to prepare the DRR/CCA-enhanced RPFP. Engr. Ana Marie Rico-Abante, a GIS expert and a professor from the Bicol University, was the resource person.

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ARD Edna Cynthia S. Berces of NEDA Region 5 welcomes the participants  for the 5-day GIS training.

The training course aimed to capacitate and equip the RLUC-TWG members with the technical and analytical tools required in mainstreaming the concepts of DRR/CCA in the Bicol RPFP.  The course on GIS application will facilitate the production of thematic and output maps to help the members in the identification of decision zones and formulation of spatial strategies in the physical plan of the region.   It was divided into two parts: the first part was the two-day course in basic and advance ArcGIS operations, wherein the participants explored and formulated practical geographic questions and created map templates that will suit their respective agency requirements.  The second part was the three-day training course on the GIS application to mainstream DRRM/CCA into the RPFP, wherein the participants performed spatial overlay analysis, query, and created map layouts in mainstreaming DRR/CCA into the RPFP.  The participants were provided with lectures as guide and hands-on exercises using the ArcGIS software to come up with thematic maps, graphical diagrams, and figures, which are components in the risk-based/technical analysis for the formulation of a well-crafted DRR/CCA-enhanced Bicol RPFP.

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Engr. Ana Abante provides instructions and techniques during the hands-on exercises.

On the last day, the participants shared their insights and experiences on the 5-day training. The value of the GIS training was recognized as useful by the participants as it provided them with knowledge and techniques on how to come up with various maps and how they are analyzed.  The skills acquired will greatly contribute, not only to the formulation of the enhanced RPFP for the region, but also in their respective fields of work.  In her closing message, Dir. Agnes E. Tolentino of NEDA Region 5, conveyed appreciation to all the participants and to the resource person for sharing her knowledge on GIS.  She also expressed the need for continuous collaboration and sharing of data and information among the RLUC members.

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RD Agnes E. Tolentino of NEDA Region 5 with the GIS training participants, Engr. Ana Marie-Rico Abante of the Bicol University, and PFPD staff who served as the training secretariat.

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