Sec. Montejo, Dr. Paringit receive the Geospatial World Excellence in Policy Implementation Award for 2014 for DREAM-LiDAR

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From left to right: Dr. Eric Paringit, Dr. Mario Montejo, and Mrs Cecilia Rebong, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations.

Secretary Mario Go Montejo of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and DREAM program leader Dr. Enrico Paringit of the University of the Philippines Department of Geodetic Engineering-Training Center for Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry (UPDGE-TCAGP) received the Geospatial World Excellence in Policy Implementation Award for 2014 on May 8 in Geneva, Switzerland for the Disaster Risk Assessment, Exposure and Mitigation-Light Ranging and Detection technology (DREAM-LiDAR) 3D mapping project.

DREAM is one of nine components of the Nationwide Operational Assessment for Hazards (Project NOAH) which is the state-of-the-art flood and storm surge early warning system developed by Filipino scientists and engineers under the aegis of the DOST and implemented by the University of the Philippines (UP).

The Geospatial World Magazine owned by Geospatial Media and Communications confers awards and recognition for exemplary innovations and practices in the global geospatial industry: the Geospatial Application Excellence Awards; the Geospatial Technology Innovation Awards; and the Geospatial World Excellence in Policy Implementation Awards, which was won by DREAM.

1017741_706808876048226_7974156635750376061_nIn an email to the Manila Bulletin from Geneva, Dr. Paringit said the award for DREAM was one of the five given for policy category. “The award goes to show that the international community acknowledges our local capability-building efforts to attain self-sufficiency when it comes to dealing with natural hazards and disasters,” he said. He added that the international recognition will serve as an inspiration to the “DREAMers” of NOAH and be “inspired to do their best in delivering timely and relevant information.”

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