Region 8 celebrates 2012 GIS Day

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Created on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 Published Date

Eastern Visayas Region has joined the nation in observing the International Geographic Information System (GIS) Day on November 17, 2012 at the Robinson’s Place, Tacloban City, anchored on the theme: “GIS in Aide for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.”

GIS Day is an annual global event held every November with the goal of promoting peoples’ awareness of the importance of the Geographic Information System (GIS), showcasing the technology’s  real-world application and the difference it can contribute to the world and society. In this regard, Region 8 has been very proactive in promoting and celebrating GIS day through the conduct of seminars and exhibits.

The celebration was organized by the Region 8 GIS Network through the Department of Agriculture (DA), University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College – Regional Environment Information System (UPVTC-REIS) and the German Technical Cooperation – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH – Environment and Rural Development (EnRD).

On hand to welcome the guests and participants was DA-8 Regional Technical Director and the concurrent Regional GIS Network Coordinator, Arsenio A. Fortin.

RTD Fortin also informed the participants that the Region 8 GIS network conducted recently a two-day conference as regards to its various activities and support initiatives, which include extending the network membership to the academe and other agencies in the region.

Meanwhile, GIZ Adviser Mr. Jay-ar Ragub delivered the keynote address, and on behalf of Dr. Andreas Lange, the Chief Adviser on Local Governance of GIZ-EnRD Program. GIZ joined the observance of the GIS Day 2012 worldwide to promote the literacy on geographic information among the schools, communities and organizations. Moreover, this innovative application helps the agency in strengthening the capacity of local government units in planning, involving participatory process and sustainable resource management.

Mr. Ragub also led in the soft launching of the GIS Manual and Toolkit which was designed to help local government units in updating and enhancing local mapping requirements for their various plans and projects.

The celebration was also highlighted with formal opening of the GIS exhibit participated in by partner LGUs and the cooperating agencies. Some of the knowledge products, maps and posters were displayed for the public to have a glimpse on the use of GIS in mitigating the effects of natural calamities.

Other highlights of the GIS Day were lectures on the relevance of GIS to disaster risk reduction and management, and video presentation of GIS applications. (by:PND Custodio, Media Production Aide)

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