UP Cebu turns over resource maps to Western Visayas

Provinces, cities, and towns in the Western Visayas region were given access to technology for better environmental management as the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu prepared to hand over to the local governments maps generated using remote sensing.

Professors and researchers from UP Cebu who were part of the second Philippine Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar) project led delegates in an event in which they presented at least 400 maps for use in their respective locales.

The presentations were held in the auditorium of UP Visayas in Iloilo City on May 18 and 19.

In a speech, Prof. Judith Silapan of UP Cebu, leader of the resource mapping Lidar project said the maps included the following:

• Two municipal agricultural maps
• Six municipal coastal maps
• One hydrologic map for a major river basin
• Two municipal solar maps
• Six provincial wind resource maps
• One high resolution wind resource map for Negros Occidental province
• 58 municipal forest resource maps
• Six provincial solar resource maps
• Two municipal solar resource maps
• Six provincial hydro-power resource maps
• Six provincial land satellite-based biomass resource maps and
• One provincial Lidar-based biomass resource maps

The second Lidar project is a continuation expanded the use of light detection and ranging in the first that was spearheaded by UP Diliman.

While the previous Lidar project focused on disaster preparedness and risk reduction, the second focused on resources like agriculture and forests as well as renewable sources of energy.

Since the turnover of the resource maps marks the end of the research project, representatives of various local governments have been given initial training in the use of geographic information systems to help them put the maps to use, said director Rowen Gelonga of the Department of Science and Technology in Western Visayas.

Chito Patiño, a researcher of the second Lidar project, presented the rationale for the two-day program that included overviews of remote sensing, geographic information systems, and data applications, a maps application seminar, and turnover ceremonies.

Patiño thanked the local government units of the region that includes the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental for granting the Lidar team the opportunity to participate in the project.

He noted the timeliness of the project and its importance in the context of global warming and its consequences./UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE