The Regional Development Council 1 (RDC 1) through the Regional Geographic Information Network (RGIN) conducted a virtual training on Basic Geographic Information System (GIS) using Quantum GIS (QGIS) on December 7 and 11, 2020. The training aimed to address the capacity gaps of local planners and GIS focals on spatial data analysis and data digitization needed in development planning.

Resource person, mentors,   and participants during the presentation of training outputs by area.

The RGIN adopted a breakout training modality to implement the training due to current restrictions in convening training participants. Simultaneous online trainings were conducted in three areas in the region – Ilocos Norte, La Union and Dagupan City. The lectures were delivered by a single resource person through Zoom, and hands-on activities and assignments of the participants were facilitated by designated mentors per area.  Topics covered were: (1) GIS fundamentals; (2) GIS data models and data types; (3) management of projections and coordinate reference systems; (4) common spatial data analysis tools; and (5) image and raster data digitization.

A total of 20 participants from the planning offices of the LGUs that hosted the trainings and GIS focal persons of the National Economic and Development Authority Region 1 (NEDA RO1) attended the two-day training. As a result, the participants prepared hazard and road maps that can be utilized by their respective offices.

Mr. Jomar Lucena of the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) served as the main resource person. Mr. Mark Anthony Balbas of Ilocos Norte and Mr. Emmanuel Palaganas of Dagupan City served as mentors to their respective areas while Mr. Leonard Cachero of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) mentored the participants in La Union.