Experts from the University of the Philippines Los Baños have come back to the PSU, this time to impart their expertise to a number of researchers from the Palawan State University. This is the highly awaited training entitled Phil-LiDAR 2 UPLB Project Orientation and Training on Field Data Collection.

The Project Orientation is no easy task as it will entail a harmonious collaboration among stakeholders. In a proposal that the UPLB experts had sent to the PSU, they have clearly stated that “for a more efficient project implementation and high-quality outputs, local end-users such as the various LGUs as well as Palawan State University (PSU) must be involved.”

Clearly underscoring the PSUs role in the community, the training is intended for “the capacity building of partners (researchers) from PSU to conduct field data gathering activities for Phil-LiDAR 2 Program and UPLB-DOST GIA funded project entitled “Project 4. LIDAR Data Processing, Modeling and Validation by HEIs for Detailed Resources Assessment in Luzon: MIMAROPA and Laguna (Region IV)” under the Program ‘PHIL-LIDAR 2. Nationwide Detailed Resources Assessing using LIDAR- Program B. LIDAR Data Processing and Validation by SUCs and HEIs’. “

Specifically, this aims to provide an overview of the UPLB Phil-LiDAR 2 project and an actual fieldwork demonstration on collecting training datasets.

In their lectures to the PSU partner participants, they have illustrated how the LiDAR 2 can be of good use to the community. For instance, one of the most important uses of LiDAR discussed in this training is resource mapping, a tool that can help prevent disaster here in the region.

Resource mapping is a method that can identify critical areas wherein potentially problematic outcomes may arise. This means higher predictability of impact areas in the moments before a storm surge or a typhoon. Altogether, this gives both the practitioners and the community concerned a fair fight against such disasters and calamities. Resource mapping provides for a special eye view in pointing out these problematic potentials way before the danger comes about.

The future looks bright for the PSU as this enablement is expected to integrate well with PSU President Dr. Jeter S. Sespeñe’s thrust for capacity building within the professional ranks of the university.