Philippine Conference stresses importance of GIS for disaster risk reduction

The Philippines seen from space
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The recently- conducted GIS 8 Network 6th Conference and 14th Regional Assembly underscored the benefits of optimizing the use of geospatial information in support to Disaster risk reduction and management. Held on November 15-16, 2012 at the Leyte Park Resort Hotel, the conference which was hosted by the Department of Agriculture Region 8, centered on the theme “GIS in Aid for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.”

It was attended by more than a hundred participants from the different government agencies, academic institutions, people’s organizations, non-government organizations and several local government agencies, Mr. Rodel G. Macapañas, DA8 Info Officer 1 informed. Dir. Arsenio A. Fortin, DA-8 Regional Technical Director and Concurrent Regional Coordinator of the Region 8 Geographic Information System (GIS) Network, expressed his elation that the Network’s efforts in promoting awareness on the benefits of optimizing the use of geospatial information system in support to a wide range of rural development initiatives in Eastern Visayas, is paying off. Director Fortin said GIS is proven as an effective tool particularly in coming up with realistic resource-based planning and management.