Embarking on a quest to map out the natural resources of the country, the Phil-LiDAR 2 program, an attachment of the Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) program, was launched by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The program involves identifying resources for agriculture, coastal, forest and rivers, and potential areas for renewable energy production through the use of Light Detection and Ranging System (LiDAR). Thus, with the complexity associated in developing a nationwide resource mapping system, the participating higher education institutions (HEIs) in Luzon under the program were convened in the first Phil-LiDAR 2 Luzon Cluster Colloquium to harmonize and share best practices among its different project components.
The two-day event was held in Fersal Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan and was hosted by the University of the Philippines Los Baños' (UPLB) Phil-LiDAR 2 team. It was attended by different project leaders and their research personnel from the participating HEIs from Luzon.