Mapúa Phil-LiDAR 2 research team turns over first batch of CABARZON resource maps


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Mapúa Institute of Technology, through the School of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering (EECE), turned over outputs of the Mapúa-Phil LiDAR 2 project to concerned government agencies and various municipalities in Batangas last month.

Representatives from the local government units of Taal, San Luis, and Lian in Batangas, and those from the Bureau of Fisheries and Agricultural Resources (BFAR)- Region IV-A, National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) received printed and digital copies of agricultural and coastal maps, which will be used in identifying high-value crops, and aquatic resources. Representatives from the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) also attended the event.

According to the Dean of the School of EECE and project leader of the Mapúa Phil-LiDAR 2, Engr. Alejandro Ballado Jr., the map turnover will become a quarterly activity to deliver the outputs to the remaining cities and municipalities in the provinces of Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon or CABARZON area. He added that the resource maps will provide accurate data to local government units and government agencies for effective planning and decision-making. The outputs were made with the use of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), which provides a more accurate data for map generation.

“From the outcome of the LiDAR 1, there is a need to come up with a detailed assessment and inventory of the entire resources of the Philippines,” Engr. Ballado said. “Once we identify the hazards, we need to find out the exposure and the vulnerability of these resources to come up with mitigating policies and decisions in order to reduce possible disasters.”

Engr. Ballado added that because various resources exist in different regions in the Philippines, LiDAR 2 is responsible to track these and identify the characteristics and vulnerabilities to come up with mechanisms to protect and conserve the country’s resources during disasters—a job for government agencies and local government units, he said.

Aside from agricultural and coastal land cover maps, the research team is eyeing to turn over forest and hydrologic resource maps in the coming months.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-funded three-year program started in June 2014 with the initiative of the University of the Philippines-Diliman and several other state colleges and universities, and private higher education institutions throughout the Philippines. It is tasked to map and identify the country’s resources—agriculture, forest, coastal, rivers, and potential areas for renewable energy production. Much like the Mapúa LiDAR 1, the LiDAR 2 maps the CABARZON area and employs full time researchers, faculty, and both graduate and undergraduate students from EECE and from the School of Information Technology (SOIT).

The Mapúa-Phil LiDAR project will help in boosting the Institute’s research initiatives, said Engr. Ballado. This the first Mapúa-hosted turn-over ceremony for the said project.

(L-R) Mapúa-Phil LiDAR 2 Senior Science Research Specialist Rolando Pula, Mapúa-Phil LiDAR 2 Project Leader and School of EECE Dean Alejandro Ballado, Jr. Representatives from Lian, Batangas, Mary Joy Buitre of the DOST-PCIEERD, and Mapúa-Phil LiDAR 2 Senior Science Research Specialist Lawrence Charlemagne David.

Representatives from San Luis, Batangas receive the printed and digital copies of agricultural and coastal maps.

Representatives from Taal, Batangas receive the printed and digital copies of agricultural and coastal maps.

A representative from DOST-Region IV receives the digital copy of the agricultural and coastal maps.

(L-R) Mapúa Phil-LiDAR 2 Senior Science Research Specialist Rolando Pula, Project Leader and Dean of the School of EECE Alejandro Ballado, Jr. Supervising Senior Science Research Specialist from the University of the Philippines-Diliman Kristina Di Ticman, Chief Science Research Specialist from the UP Diliman Neri Gatdula, and Mapúa-Phil LiDAR 2 Senior Science Research Specialist Lawrence Charlemagne David.

A representative from NAMRIA receive the digital copies of the agricultural and coastal maps.

Representatives from DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau receive the digital copies of the agricultural and coastal maps.

Representatives from BFAR Region IV receive the digital copies of the agricultural and coastal maps.



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