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... read more

Publishing Date: 27/11/2012

The Philippine government has launched a mobile phone application which can provide real-time information on rainfall and flooding to the general public. The application has been added to the already existing website hosted by The Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH). This organization aims to provide information about bad weather and thus mitigate disasters such as floods, typhoons and landslides. The NOAH mobile application will initially be available only for Android smartphones. However, its sharing options will allow users to share information across different social media.

According to the Asian Disaster... read more

Publishing Date: 22/10/2012

Google's Crisis Response Team launched a resource page for the emergency management of floods in Manila, Philippines. The widespread and heavy rains produced by Typhoon Haikui have flooded the Philippine capital and have affected over 800,000 people and displaced around 250,000. The resource page presents an open spreadsheet and crowdsourcing reports that... read more

Publishing Date: 10/08/2012

The Philippine government has made geo-hazard maps, which outline areas prone to natural disasters, publicly available in a bid to reduce at community level.

The geo-hazard map developed by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of the ... read more

Publishing Date: 31/01/2012

The Philippines will seek assistance in setting up a disaster management center at next week’s forum of lawmakers in the region in Japan, a senator said yesterday.

Senator Edgardo J. Angara said in a text message that he will ask “assistance from Japan, being the most prepared nation against natural calamities -- to set up a Philippine disaster center.” “I will push for closer collaboration between both our countries and identify points of convergence in discussions on the floor, but more importantly in the sidelines in order to achieve this aim,” he said, noting the need to “enhance regional cooperation and coordination on environmental and climate change programs.” Mr. Angara and Senator Franklin M. Drilon will represent the country at the 20th... read more

Publishing Date: 10/01/2012

While some countries have shipped relief supplies for the victims of Tropical Storm “Sendong,” others are sharing valuable satellite data on the devastated areas in Mindanao. Commercial satellite operators from Asia, Europe and North America have sent images of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities, taken before and after the flashfloods, to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs)—all for free. The images would have otherwise cost the government thousands of US dollars, according to Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum. The high-resolution images would be crucial in Phivolcs’ post-calamity... read more

Publishing Date: 10/01/2012

Since the information provided in geohazard maps shows the level of susceptibility of an area to hazards such as flooding and landslides, they should be used by local government officials, according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-6, Phillippines. Leo Van Juguan, regional director of MGB-6, repeated his call for all local chief executives to use the geohazard maps given to them in 2010 to prepare their people and prevent loss of life.

Van Juguan reiterated the call in the aftermath of the devastation wrought by tropical storm Sendong in Iligan, and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao and Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental. He said the information provided there should spur the mayors, governors and other stakeholders in the disaster-... read more

Publishing Date: 10/01/2012

The provincial government of Benguet, Philippines, may soon have an accurate seismic hazard database as it is now working to secure a software program called REDAS or the Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS). The program could produce seismic hazard and risk maps minutes after the occurrence of a potentially damaging earthquake.

Governor Nestor... read more

Publishing Date: 08/07/2011

 URDANETA, Pangasinan, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III announced Friday the allocation of P1 billion for the creation of a three-dimensional map of the entire country that is designed to improve flood forecasting and related early warning systems. Mr. Aquino made the announcement during the inauguration of the new P243-million Agno River Basin Flood Forecasting and Warning System in the nearby town of Rosales.

“One of our proposals is the development of a comprehensive 3-D mapping of the whole Philippines. We will release P1 billion for this,” the President said in a speech. “With this mapping, our perspective of every corner of the country will widen, resulting in an improved capability to know which areas are vulnerable to floods.” The President said this will also give the government more time to help Filipinos at risk from flooding.

“There might be some who'd protest the... read more

Publishing Date: 01/06/2011

Manila - The Philippines plans to come up with a three-dimensional map of the country in order to boost disaster preparedness, President Benigno Aquino III said Friday.

Aquino said the government has allocated 1 billion pesos (23.25 million dollars) for the creation of the 3D map.

With this map, we will have a broader... read more

Publishing Date: 12/04/2011

Philippines is to undertake a unified mapping project. It aims to update the country’s topographic map series and would implement a more detailed 1:10,000 map series for an estimated 50 per cent of the country’s land mass.

According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Instead of the typical approach wherein different government agencies do their own mapping and GIS initiatives, this effort will pool funds for the acquisition of aerial photography and satellite imagery.

DENR Secretary Ramon Paje said that around 80 per cent of planning, decision making and operations in different government agencies are being influenced by locations. He further added that the government uses... read more

Publishing Date: 23/03/2011

After the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan and the worldwide tsunami warnings that it triggered, a lawmaker has called for the development of an ICT-led “disaster science” in the Philippines to make the country better equipped to face natural calamities.

The Disaster Science Management Center (DSMC) is a project of the Congressional Commission on Science, Technology, and Engineering (Comste), which is primed to become a regional training center for disaster... read more

Publishing Date: 15/03/2011

A Japan-led regional project that seeks to use remote sensing and GIS technologies in disaster management has named the Manila Observatory as a Data Analysis Node (DAN) in Asia Pacific.

The Philippine Disaster Science Management Center (DSMC), along with the Congressional Commission on Science Technology and Engineering (Comste), said the Manila Observatory will now play a major role in supplying data to Sentinel Asia, an international project of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Sentinel Asia aims to support disaster management in the Asia Pacific region by applying... read more

Publishing Date: 01/03/2011

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippines, signed an agreement to conduct a detailed geo-hazard mapping of three key cities in the Bicol Region to reduce the risk of... read more

Publishing Date: 07/06/2010

Advisory Support

The Philippines, like other countries in the Pacific Rim, are exposed to a variety of hazards including floods, storm surges and strong winds associated with tropical cyclones, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides. The severity of tropical storm Ketsana prompted the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to request technical support from UN-SPIDER and the activation of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters.

Mission dates: 09/07/2010


ACRS is one of the largest remote sensing conferences in Asia. ACRS 2015 will bring together students, researchers, scientists, engineers, policy makers, professionals and practitioners from developed and developing countries from and around Asia to share insights into the challenges and opportunities of remote sensing and related geospatial technologies in building resiliency and encouraging economic growth and development.

The conference will specifically focus on how remote sensing can help build resiliency to natural disasters and to strengthen capabilities to adapt to stress and change.

The conference aligns with Visit the Philippines Year, when the country will be holding an increased number of festivities and cultural events.

There is a call for entries across topics including new generation sensors and applications, remote sensing applications,... read more


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