Zambo hosts DENR’s National Database Consolidation workshop PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 July 2012 14:18

Zamboanga City hosts the first National Database Consolidation Workshop on the National Greening Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) which kicked off last Monday, July 16, Monday and to be concluded today July 20 at the Grand Astoria Hotel.

The five-day workshop aims to introduce the use of ArcGIS- ArcMap, a software program that makes use of Global Positioning System (GPS) in the database reporting of the NGP. Unlike the old system, mapping of NGP projects will now gain uniformity and accuracy.

With a total of 76 participants,  the Celebrity Hall of Grand Astorial Hotel was turned into a computer lab-like facility. All participants representing different cities, municipalities and provinces from Region 9 and ARMM which DENR offices found brought their own laptops, because the workshop is intensively hands on and aiming for immediate outputs and end results which later on the participants will disseminate and apply  in their respective centers..

According to Melvin Sarcuage, NGP Focal Person and Regional Coordinator for Region 9, the workshop will really make a big improvement on database reporting of NGP projects since information and data can now be readily and easily downloaded from their website. This program also uses links to Google Earth.

Sarcuage also said that unlike other workshops, this aims on an immediate output for continuous progress on NGP.

On the other hand, Sarcuage said that since the implementation of NGP last year they were able to plant some 4,806 hectares of trees in Region 9 which includes, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and the City of Zamboanga. So far this year they are targeting more than 6,000 hectares of trees to be planted on land areas exposed to frequent mining.

The workshop will end today on a discussion over the NGP. —  Jeremiah A. Francisco, Darlene Christine Riza M. Cristobal/ WMSU Masscom Journalism OJT