The Regional Development Council 1, through the Regional Geographic Information Network (RGIN) 1, conducted training on Basic Geographic Information System (GIS) for key personnel of Lower Amburayan Development Corridor (LADC) municipalities and staff of the National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office 1 (NEDA RO1) on August 23- 27, 2021 using the virtual platform. The training equipped the participants with basic knowledge and skills on GIS which are necessary for their development planning and decision-making processes using Quantum GIS. The local government unit (LGU) participants came from Alilem, Cervantes, Sigay, Sugpon, Suyo and Tagudin in Ilocos Sur, and Bangar, Santol, and Sudipen in La Union.

Resource person, assistant resource person and participants pose for documentation during training

The RGIN Chairperson, NEDA Regional Director Nestor G. Rillon, welcomed the participants. He expressed his expectation that the training will result in the capability building of staff who will be directly contributing to the formulation of development plans for the LADC and their respective municipalities.

Mr. Jomar Lucena and Ms. Jacklyn Andrada, both from the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU), served as the resource persons. Lectures, interactive online discussions, provision of modules and live zoom lecture recordings, and hands-on activities through breakout room sessions were utilized for the training. As part of the training outputs, the participants prepared political, hazard and proximity maps that can be utilized by their respective offices.

To wrap up the training, the RGIN Co-Chairperson, Regional Executive Director Crizaldy Barcelo of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR 1), expressed his gratitude to the participants, resource persons, and the organizers of the training.

He also emphasized the importance of GIS operation, preparation and interpretation of maps in the planning activities of LGUs. The training is the fourth capability development activity of the RGIN since it was organized in 2019 and the second to use a virtual platform.