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BFAR-UN FAO collaborative project taps NAMRIA expertise in GIS Mapping
Jeff Hunt | 13 February 2018

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in collaboration with the United Nation-Food and Agriculture Organization(UN-FAO) tapped the services of NAMRIA for the conduct of Geographic Information System (GIS) training using QGIS application. The training stemmed from the request of the National Project Coordinator and BFAR-Aquaculture Division (AD) through OIC-Chief Roy C. Ortega. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed on 31 January 2018 and the training was held at the BFAR-National Inland Fisheries Technology Center (NIFTC), Tanay-Rizal on February 05-09, 2018.
 
 The OIC-Chief of Aquaculture Division Mr. Roy C. Ortega giving the opening remarks
 
The purpose of the training was to capacitate BFAR personnel in decision-making, program/project monitoring and evaluation, and risks and suitability analysis in support of BFAR’s project dubbed as “Aquaculture Resources Mapping and Development Planning through ICT-Based Solutions.” The project aims to develop and implement interventions that address the lack of systematic data on available aquaculture areas for production. These data will help planners and decision makers develop intuitive financial and investment mechanisms to boost the sector’s growth and promote sustainable management practices.
 
 
 
Mr. Laurio as he discusses with the participants
 
The participants who came from the central office and Regions III and V are practitioners of agricultural engineering, computer science, and fisheries.
 
  Mr. Laurio and Mr. Hunt (both standing)
 closely monitor the progress of participants with the GIS procedures 
 
 As a background, UN-FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that leads international effort to defeat hunger, serving both developed and developing countries. It also acts as a neutral forum where all nations, meet as equals to negotiate arguments and debate policy (source: fao.org/about/en)
 
 The training participants with their lecturers/facilitators
 
 
 Closing remarks by Mr. Laurio
 
Mr. Alvin F. Laurio and this writer, both from the NAMRIA Geomatics Training Center (NGTC) of the Geospatial Information Services Division served as resource speaker and technical assistant respectively.
 





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