Phil-LiDAR 2 PARMap launches web portal for agricultural land cover maps

17212086_654429921408905_4013827352720561337_oThe Agricultural Resources Extraction from LiDAR Surveys (PARMap) of the Nationwide Detailed Resources Assessment using LiDAR (Phil-LiDAR 2) Program launched its web portal during the Bulacan Agricultural Mapping Forum and Maps Turnover Ceremony held at Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines Diliman on March 9, 2017.

PARMap Web Portal serves a repository and archive of agricultural land cover maps and shapefiles based on available LiDAR datasets. The web portal can be reached at https://parmap.dream.upd.edu.ph and uses the same webGIS platform and application (GeoNode) as Phil-LiDAR‘s LiDAR Portal for Archiving and Distribution or LiPAD (https://lipad.dream.upd.edu.ph/). These maps and shapefiles were produced by the program’s fifteen (15) participating state universities and colleges and higher education institutions. Access to these data requires the same credentials as LiPAD, thus, no new registration is needed. For download request, a maximum of three days is allotted for approval.

UP Department of Geodetic Engineering’s Assistant Professor and Phil-LiDAR 1 Data Archiving and Distribution (DAD)’s Project Leader Engr. Mark Edwin Tupas gave a demonstration on how to use both LiPAD and PARMap web portal. He encouraged everyone to register so they can have access to the wide array of available spatial data.

Gracing the event are personnel from the provincial and local governments of Bulacan and national government agencies – Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST – PCIEERD), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCs), Department of Agriculture – Information and Communication Technology Service (DA – ICTS) and National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA).

During the opening ceremony, Phil-LiDAR 2 Program Leader and PARMap Project Leader Dr. Ariel Blanco welcomed the guests. DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña, who hails from Bulakan, Bulacan, and Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara imparted messages to the attendees. Secretary Dela Peña addressed his kababayan and welcomed them in the university. Undersecretary Guevara had an interactive session with the municipal and city agriculturist, asking them on their expectations on the maps and data they will be receiving.