PRB Inter-Agency Committee Members participate in the Advanced GIS Training for NEDA Region III
The Pampanga River Basin Committee (PRBC), through the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Region III, facilitated the conduct of the Advanced Geographic Information System (GIS) training program at the NEDA III Building, Diosdado Macapagal Government Center, Brgy. Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga on 26-29 September 2017. The participants were all PRB committee members from different national, local government, and other line agencies.
NEDA Region III Dir. Santos delivering his opening remarks
The training stemmed from the letter sent by NEDA Region III Regional Director Severino C. Santos to NAMRIA requesting for the conduct of the training on Advanced GIS using ArcGIS for its committee members. In relation to the implementation and preparation of NEDA’s Pampanga River Basin (PRB) Phase II Master Plan, a training on GIS was required in order to comply with and complete the related analysis and studies. The training meant to serve as one of the capacity-building activities of the PRBC. The aim was to equip and re-tool the participants on the applications of GIS in integrated water resources management and river basin planning.
The PRB Phase II Master Plan is the second part of the integrated water resources management and river basin planning. The said plan aims to update the profile of PRB on new data collected; prepare basin-wide multi-hazard maps based on official maps; and assess the implications of the new climate normals, extremes, and vulnerability applicable in the water resources and watershed management, flood control/mitigation, disaster risk reduction and hazard management, wetland management, and economic development sectors among others.
GPS reading and waypoint markings
On the last day of the training, the trainer required the participants to provide and present their map layouts as outputs for their respective areas and to highlight what they have learned from the 40-hour training. NEDA III OIC-Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Agustin C. Mendoza attended the last day presentation and served as guest adjudicator on the presented outputs.
OIC-ARD Mendoza delivered the closing remarks in the closing program while Economic Development Specialist I Murffy P. Gopez acted as emcee.
The training team from NAMRIA was composed of Mr. Aljerico A. Alcala who served as the resource speaker with the assistance of Mr. Manuel V. Lorenzana, Jr. and this writer as technical/administrative assistants.The training facilitators from NEDA were headed by Ms. Lianelle G. Tandoc, Officer-in-Charge/Chief Economic Development Specialist of the Policy Formulation and Planning Division with the help of Senior Economic Development Specialists, Ms. Carmela Anne F. Manalo and Ms. Mariviel P. Reyes, Economic Development Specialist II, Ms. Mayla Luna C. Agason, and Research Analyst, Ms. Maria Andrea N. Gueco.
Lecture and hands-on activity
The NAMRIA training team with OIC-ARD Mendoza (first from left) and the training facilitators