DENR-Environmental Management Bureau โ€“ Region I through its Planning and Information System Management Unit (PISMU) conducted a Basic Geographic Information System Training-Workshop for its technical personnel on July 20-21, 2022 at J&V Hotel and Resort, Sevilla, City of San Fernando, La Union. The said training-workshop aimed to orient the EMB-I technical personnel on the fundamental background of Geographic Information System (GIS) principles, the basic GIS concepts, and its applications; discuss the features of Quantum GIS; enhance the abilities of the participants in the creation, design and presentation of geographical or geospatial data as their outputs such as maps of industries, sites and Local Government Units in the region.

EMB-I Regional Director, Engr. Maria Dorica Naz-Hipe, warmly welcomed the participants and stressed the importance of capacitating the EMB-I personnel on software and applications used for GIS. She likewise underscored the significance of relating the GIS data with location of establishments and ecological systems that would aid EMB-I technical personnel in their regular monitoring and survey activities and emphasized the importance of GIS data in climate and disaster resilience.

A total of 31 (9 females and 22 males) EMB-I technical personnel from the Clearance and Permitting Division (CPD) and the Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement Division (EMED) underwent the said training.

Engr. Ermenio Budeng, Jr., Environmental Management Specialist II, presented the GIS Data Structures/Types, map projections, coordinate systems, and GIS applications and software. Environmental Management Specialist II Mark Laurence Bumatay discussed the basic QGIS Data Manipulation and Editing Process and Map Digitization using own data and Attribute Data Editing.

The participants had hands-on workshop on laying out of maps using QGIS software after the lectures. RD Hipe and the PISMU awarded a certificate of recognition plus cash prize courtesy of RD Hipe to Environmental Management Specialist I Gemmalyn de Guzman for having the best map design during the hands-on activity.