GIS workshop conducted in DOrSU, equips participants with geospatial skills
The Davao Oriental State University (DOrSU) successfully hosted an informative workshop on Geographic Information System (GIS) and its application, organized by the Regional Integrated Coastal Resource Management (ICRM) Center XI in collaboration with the Faculty of Computing, Data Sciences, Engineering, and Technology (FCDSET). The workshop, which ran from May 3 to May 5, 2023, was a significant component of the P10 Million project titled “Macro- and Micro-Plastic Pollution (M2P2) in Marine Ecosystems and Fisheries in Southeastern Mindanao,” funded under the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Grants-in-Aid Program.
The workshop was led by the resource speaker, Prof. Jonathan Cabrera, an FCDSET faculty member well-known for his extensive research and scholarly publications utilizing GIS in environmental studies and other related fields. Prof. Cabrera shared his profound knowledge on GIS, illustrating its diverse applications in research and various disciplines. The participants, including representatives from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CiENRO), as well as DOrSU graduate students and faculty members, actively engaged in hands-on exercises and demonstrations.
Dr. Emily S. Antonio, M2P2 Project leader, expressed her gratitude to Prof. Cabrera for his invaluable contributions. She also extended her appreciation to the attendees for actively engaging in the workshop, emphasizing the significance of their participation in making the event a success.
A key objective of the workshop was to nurture a local group of GIS experts. By equipping the participants with the necessary knowledge and skills, DOrSU aims to create a pool of professionals capable of effectively utilizing GIS for instruction, research, and extension activities, among other purposes. With this, the university seeks to advance research and education in critical fields such as regenerative development, biodiversity conservation and environmental protection. Additionally, DOrSU plans to foster further collaborations and initiatives that address pressing environmental issues, capitalizing on the geospatial skills and competencies of the workshop participants and the wider academic community.