UP DGE successfully holds second symposium on Philippine geomatics

Some of the PhilGEOS 2013 participants.

The 2nd Philippine Geomatics Symposium or PhilGEOS 2013 was successfully held at the National Institute of Physics Auditorium, UP Diliman from November 28-29, 2013. The symposium was attended by over 200 participants with representations from the academe, government and geomatics industry.

PhilGEOS was envisioned to be the national symposium for Geomatics educators, researchers, practitioners and all users of geospatial technology. PhilGEOS was first staged in 2012 (PhilGEOS 2012) by the UP DGE with the theme “Philippine Geomatics: practice, application and accomplishments“.

This year, PhilGEOS 2013 focused on the role of Geomatics in Agriculture and Forestry with the theme “Geomatics for a Resilient Agriculture and Forestry”. Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, Executive Director of DOST PCIEERD was the symposium’s guest speaker. There were 7 Plenary Presentations, 4 Technical Sessions, 2 Special Technical Sessions, Poster Session, and 2 Industry Sessions.

Several experts gave plenary talks in a variety of topics such as climate change and resiliency, geomatics applications in agriculture and forestry, sustainable forest management, rice monitoring, remote sensing and coastal issues, and the effects changing climate on Philippine agriculture and forestry. These experts were Sec. Mary Ann Lucille L. Sering (Climate Change Commission), Dr. Yousif Ali Hussin (University of Twente), Dr. Andrew Nelson (International Rice Research Institute), Dr. Enrico C. Paringit (UP DREAM Program), Dr. Nathaniel C. Bantayan (UP Los Banos), Dr. Laura David (UP Marine Science Institute), and Dr. Gay Jane Perez (UP Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology).

A total of 16 research papers were presented during the parallel technical sessions while 9 papers were presented as posters. Three papers were awarded as “Best Papers”, and they are as follows:

Assessment of trees outside forest (TOF) in selected Makiling subwatersheds
Jan Joseph V. Dida, Joseph C. Paquit, Cheamson Garret K. Boongaling,Gemmalyn E. Magnaye, Nathaniel C. Bantayan
College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines Los Banos, College, Laguna
Support to enhancing the capacity of DENR to use geospatial technologies for sustainable forest management
Randy John Vinluan (USAID-PH), Calderon, Ricardo (Forest Management Bureau); Rabang, Bonifacio (Forest Management Bureau); Agoncillo, Oliver (USAID/Philippines); Nunez, Ma. Aleta (US Forest Service); Lebow, Elizabeth (US Forest Service)
GeoWEPP Application in Determining Runoff and Sediment Yield in Agriculturally Active Watershed of Mapawa
George R. Puno, Central Mindanao University, Musuan, Bukidnon

Two were also selected as “Best Posters”:

Evaluation of Pan-sharpening Techniques for Crop Delineation
Ivy Cadalzo, Brent Dargantes, Ervin Dy, Charmyne Mamador, Ian Panganiban
Department of Geodetic Engineering, UP Diliman, Quezon City
Automatic Generation of 3d Objects from LIDAR Data using GIS
Ervin Frederick Dy
Department of Geodetic Engineering, UP Dilimam, Quezon City

The symposium was organized by the UP DGE in partnership with DOST-PCIEERD, and with support from Pacific Data Resources (Asia) Inc. (as Platinum Sponsor); Energy Development Corporation, Geotech Mercantile Corporation, H.O. Noveloso Surveying, and Webcast Technologies, Inc. (as Silver Sponsors); De Leon Import & Export Corporation, GeoAnalytika, and RASA Surveying (as Bronze Sponsors); and Digiscript, and Siccion Marketing Inc. (as Patrons). PhilGEOS 2013 was also held in cooperation with the UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation, Inc.

More details about PhilGEOS 2013 (including photos) are available in the symposium website: http://dge.upd.edu.ph/philgeos2013.