(L-R) Mapúa Phil-LiDAR 1 Research Associate Engr. Chennie Carissa A. Caja, Field Acquisition and Validation Component Science Research Specialist Engr. Riches S. Bacero, School of CEGE Dean and Mapúa Phil-LiDAR 1 project leader Dr. Francis Aldrine A. Uy, Mapúa President and CEO Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, UP DREAM and Phil-LiDAR 1 Program Leader Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, Mapúa Phil-LiDAR 1 Chief Science Research Specialist Engr. Fibor J. Tan, Phil-LiDAR Data Archiving and Distribution Component Project Leader Engr. Mark Edwin A. Tupas
Representatives from 35 local government units in Cavite, Batangas, Quezon, and Camarines Norte received their respective flood hazard maps and other related data-sets from the Mapúa Institute of Technology last March 16.
“We are here because we want to present solutions to a perennial problem in different parts of the Philippines – flooding caused by climate change and other external factors,” said Dr. Francis Aldrine A. Uy, dean of the School of Civil, Environmental, and Geological Engineering (CEGE) and the project leader of the Mapúa Phil-LiDAR 1.
The Phil-LiDAR 1 project, a 3-year project funded by the DOST-PCIEERD that started back in 2014, aims to produce flood models and hazard maps for various river systems in the Philippines that will have specific applications in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. The resource information from this project will also provide the necessary data for various sectors of the country during natural calamities.
Dr. Enrico Paringit, program leader of the University of the Philippines’ Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (UP-DREAM) said that while the Philippines acknowledges flooding as a problem, there is a lack of reliable and accurate information.
“We recognize flooding as a key issue but one of the things that basically beset us in doing our flooding mitigation programs is the lack of the right information to provide solutions,” Dr. Paringit said.
According to Dr. Vea, it is an honor for Mapúa to be part of the Phil-LiDAR project.
“We are very glad to have this big project for Mapúa and that it has been successfully executed by our team,” said Dr. Vea. “It is really gratifying to us that this project will be of direct benefit to the people.”
The Mapúa Phil-LiDAR 1 project covers a total of 26 river basins in the provinces of Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon (CABARZON).
Aside from the turnover of the maps, several speakers had lectures on Geospatial Information and Civil Systems, Automated Water Level Forecasting Sensors, and other various projects under the Department of Science and Technology such as LiPAD (LiDAR Portal for Archiving and Distribution).
“This is a time to come together and solve our problems. There’s a chance for the Philippines to really take off as a country. We here in Mapúa are trying to do our small part in making that possible, one expression of it is the Phil-LiDAR project,” concluded Dr. Vea.
Hon. Gaudioso R. Manalo, Hon. Rodolfo H. Manalo, and Hon. Isagani I. Bolompo, mayors from Lobo, San Juan, and Lian of Batangas personally accepted the maps and data-sets and expressed their heartfelt gratitude to Mapúa and the Phil-LiDAR 1 team.