The GIS Core Team of the NEDA Regional Office (NRO) MIMAROPA led by Assistant Regional Director Bernardino A. Atienza, Jr. participated in the first batch of a 5-day online basic Quantum Geographic Information System (QGIS) training.  NAMRIA Geomatics Training Center served as training provider on October 4-8  through  Zoom and Google Classroom platforms.

The basic QGIS training aims to equip all NRO technical personnel with the capacity to use GIS in its policy formulation, planning, investment programming, and monitoring and evaluation works in the region. A total of 20 personnel completed the training, 15 were males and five were females.

In his opening remarks, Assistant Director Benjamin P. Balais of Geospatial Information Systems Branch of NAMRIA, thanked NRO MIMAROPA for selecting NAMRIA as the training provider for its GIS competency building journey. He also gave the participants important tips and pointers in maximizing learnings during the training.

NRO MIMAROPA RD Agustin C. Mendoza thanked NAMRIA for accommodating NEDA’s request for the conduct of the training. He remarked that NRO MIMAROPA is gearing toward advanced planning applications of GIS and even on image processing and analysis. He emphasized that with the newly acquired drone, NEDA is looking at maximizing its potential to monitor small areas for land use and land cover change.

Packed with fundamental functions of GIS, the training covered the discussion on the basics of map creation, georeferencing, digitizing and tracing georeferenced scanned map, and creating simple spatial overlay and analysis using the QGIS, an open-sourced software. At the end of the training, the participants were able to create their own GIS maps.