The Regional Environmental Information System (REIS), one of the service arms of the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) celebrated the International GIS Day 2019 last November 11-15, 2019. It hosted this year theme “Teaching the World using GIS” where spatial data using Geographic Information System (GIS) has been utilized as a tool for various local environmental plans and concerns in the Eastern Visayas region. It has been an indispensable tool for researchers and advocates for the preservation of natural resources and the environment for sustainable development programs.
Visitors where introduced to various maps and lectures showcasing the highlights of Eastern Visayas landscape and the story it tells about the human impact on environment, threats, and, the relations of organism to one another to their physical surroundings as described by the various speakers in their lectures.
As an example, landscape analysis and its patchiness regarding the Leyte Sab-a Basin and its complexity was discussed by a representative from the National Development Authority. A map was presented to give a visual expanse of these unique landscape covering an area of 3,088 hectares and considered as the largest water catchment in Leyte (Haribon Foundation, 1988)
Moreover, mapping of mangroves using an unmanned aerial vehicle such as drones, and photogrammetry software allows easy collection of aerial photo where this is employed in mapping mangrove areas along Leyte Gulf, Matarinao Bay and Maqueda Bay in Eastern Visayas.
These and other highlights were the activities during the REIS Day 2019.
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