An endorsement was recently made by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for NAMRIA to accommodate students from the Philippine Science High School-CALABARZON Region Campus (PSHS-CBZRC) for their Science Immersion Program (SIP). SIP is a required non-graded program of the PSHS for its incoming senior/higher years and graduating scholars. It aims to provide opportunities for interacting with individuals and institutions that are involved in Science and Technology (S&T), increase awareness and knowledge on issues in S&T, and familiarize PSHS students with the program and strategies implemented by the participating S&T institutions such as NAMRIA.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by NAMRIA Administrator, Usec. Peter N. Tiangco, PhD, and PSHS-CBZRC Campus Director, Dr. Jose M. Andaya on 20 June 2022. NAMRIA Support Services Branch Director Concepcion M. Bringas and Coordinator for SIP of PSHS-CBZRC, Ms. Cladys M. Falcunaya served as witnesses to the MOA signing. Stipulated in the MOA is a three-year term agreement (2022-2024) wherein PSHS-CBZRC scholars for every year term will try to develop their science research skills and formulate research problems using Geographic Information System (GIS) in their future research works. This year marks the first SIP approval for the senior high school (SHS) students of the PSHS-CBZRC.
SIP requires the students to complete a minimum of 80 hours of training in a synchronous and asynchronous modality. NAMRIA’s participation and contribution to SIP includes a hands-on Basic and Advance GIS training as applied to various research works.
SIP participants from PSHS-CBZRC pose for a group picture together with their coordinators and lecturers from NAMRIA.
-- JEFF N. HUNT
PSHS-CBZRC selected 20 incoming SHS students for the 2022 term and will select more depending on the availability and qualifications of the students to SIP in the coming two years. The training sessions were held on 28 June - 20 July 2022.
Screenshot taken of the presentation panelists shows the student-leader and group presenters together with SIP Coordinator, Ms. Falcunaya (upper row, extreme left); NAMRIA Lecturer, Mr. Laurio (upper row, middle); NAMRIA Human Resource Development Section representative, Ms. Madel G. Latonero (middle row, extreme right); and this writer (bottom row, extreme right).
-- JEFF N. HUNT
For the culminating activity, the student-interns applied what they learned on the use of GIS Software by creating maps from existing datasets; building up data through conversion of existing analog maps; and plotting technical description and lot data computation into GIS readable format. They were also able to process, analyze, and generate contour, hill shades and slope maps. On the last day of the training, the students presented their outputs on a map layout to their lecturers, coordinators, and other invited guests via Google Meet.
Map layout created by PSHS-CBZRC student-intern James Soliman using GIS and transferring/embedding html file to the web.
-- JEFF N. HUNT
The following staff from the Geospatial Information Systems Management Branch (GISMB), through the agency's training facility, the Geomatics Training Center, are directly involved in the PSHS student-intern immersion program: Mr. Alvin F. Laurio - section supervisor and resource person; Engr. Hazeline Glace Ali-Cacapit - resource person; Ms. Yanirze C. Hobo, Mr. Marco Arkiel C. Ilagan, Mr. Marlon A. Mariñas and this writer - technical assistants/training facilitators.
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