The Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) conducted a Basic GIS Training at the BSWM Lopez Convention Hall, on May 20-24, 2024.

This five-day Training was officially commenced with a Welcome Message from no less than the very supportive DA-BSWM Director Dr. Gina P. Nilo. The National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) was invited to provide technical expertise, highlighting its role as the central mapping agency of the Philippine government. Participants included are the members of the Regional Land Use Technical Working Groups (RLUTWGs) of DA-Regional Field Offices (DA-RFOs) 5, 9, 11, 13, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

The Basic GIS Training aims to equip the members of the RLUTWG and BSWM Technical Review Team (TRT) with open-source GIS software skills to facilitate the implementation of Department of Agriculture Memorandum Circular No. 26, Series of 2022 (DA MC 26, S. 2022).

By the end of the program, participants are expected to enhance their GIS proficiency, contributing to improved land use management and agricultural productivity in the Philippines. (Michaela Encisa, ALMED

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