Jalajala Local Government Visits Phi-LiDAR 1 Office

The Local Government Unit (LGU) of the Municipality of Jalajala conducted an office visit at the UP Phil-LiDAR 1 Program last November 22, 2017. Representatives from the various departments of the LGU such as Engineering, Assesor’s Office, MHO, MSWDO, MCRO, GSO, MPDC, and Budget were present. The team was headed by the Municipal Administrator Mr. Elmer Pillas. In attendance also were Engineer Ofelia Candelaria, Dr. Pedro Benigno Beltran, Engineer Diana Joie Laspobres, Ms. Lani dela Cruz, Mr. Reynante R. Beraña, Ms. Trixie Vidallo, Ms. Princesita MM. Sinuhin, Ms. Karen L. Viterbo, and Ms. Nancy Labro. The office visit aimed to show how the LiDAR Program operates and discuss the benefits of the data being provided by the program. The visit also cascaded information to the Municipality of Jalajala with regards to their own specific area, with the Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of their locality shown to the participants during the office tour.

The office visit had two parts—the first one is a short discussion on the LiDAR Program and its components and the second half is the actual office tour. The discussion started with an introduction to the Geographic Information System by Engr. Louie Fabila. Afterwards, each component chiefs gave a brief background on their roles in the program. Engr. Chris Cruz talked about Data Acquisition, Engr. Sarah Samalburo talked about Data Pre-Processing , and For. Ruby Ann Magturo talked about Data Archiving and Distribution.

The office tour commenced right after. The participants were given the chance to ask questions to the staffs. They were also able to have a look at the software and tools being used by each component. The half-day activity ended with an open forum and debriefing. Mr. Elmer Pillas gave a brief speech thanking the Phil-LiDAR 1 Program for the learnings it has imparted for the practical application of the Municipality of Jalajala as they transition to a GIS-based system using LiDAR technology.