Ateneo De Zamboanga Phil-LiDAR 1 Team together with the LGUs of Zamboanga Peninsula who received their flood hazard maps

16 FEBRUARY 2017, ZAMBOANGA CITY--Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) hosted the 6th and the final Phil-LiDAR 1 Mindanao Cluster Colloquium with the theme 'Retrospect, Deliver, Realize'. It was attended by around 300 participants from the participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), Local Government Units from the Zamboanga Peninsula, and other National Agencies and NGOs.

The colloquium was opened by Father Richard Ella on behalf of Father Karel San Juan, SJ, President of Ateneo De Zamboanga University and was followed by a remarks from Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar which was delivered by Zamboanga City Planning Officer Rodrigo Sicat.

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DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano and DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña

Former DOST IX Regional Director and now DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano introduced the event's guest of honor and keynote speaker DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña.

In his keynote speech, Secretary Dela Peña gave an update on the plans of the Philippine Government for the upcoming years in the field of Science and Technology. He also told the story of how the approval of the Philippine Space Agency came about. He then noted that ‘we in DOST always think of how science and technology can serve the people…A science for the people’ like how the PHIL-LiDAR 1 program applications benefit the communities in Mindanao.

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Technical Talks: Dr. Enrico Paringit, Phil-LiDAR 1 Program Leader, Dr. Chelo Pascua of UP Baguio, Dr. Roland Otadoy of University of San Carlos, and Engr. Meriam Santillan of Caraga State University

This was followed by technical talks led by Dr. Enrico Paringit, PHIL-LiDAR 1 Program Leader where he talked about the ‘Utilization of LiDAR Products in Achieving Resiliency as a Nation in the Face of Changing Climate’. Perspectives on flooding conditions and water-related concerns and issues of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao as presented respectively by Dr. Chelo Pascua of UP Baguio, Dr. Roland Otadoy of University of San Carlos, and Engr. Meriam Santillan of Caraga State University.

After the technical talks, an open forum was conducted with the technical talks speakers and a film showing of infographic videos about the PHIL-LiDAR 1 program produced by the Ateneo De Zamboanga University.

During the afternoon session, the attendees were oriented about how to use the flood hazard maps and how to use the LiPAD or LiDAR Portal for Archiving and Distribution by Mr. Christopher Uichanco and Engr. Ruby Magturo from the UP Diliman team.

After the orientation, Flood Hazard Maps produced by the program was then turnover to its respective LGUs. LiDAR 1 data products were turnover to the following cities/municipalities: Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Tungawan, RT Lim, Ipil, Naga, Kabasalan, Siay, Zamboanga del Norte, Siocon, Labason, Liloy, and Salug. Following the turnover were responses and testimonials from LGU representatives from Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga City.

To close the colloquium, Mr. Mario Rodriguez, Project leader of PHIL-LiDAR 1 thanked everyone who participated in the event, especially the LGUs. Following the colloquium theme, he noted that in retrospect, the flood hazard maps distributed were the culmination of years of ADZU LiDAR 1 team’s “buwis-buhay" hard work, they have delivered and their dream for Zamboanga has been realized.

Phil-LiDAR 1 program is a program managed by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) funded by the Department of Science and Technology which aims to produce flood and hazard maps for the 2/3 of the Philippine river systems through the use of Light Detection and Ranging System (LiDAR).

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