CSU’s Phil-LiDAR 2 Team Conducts Field Data Gathering in Brgy. Dulag and Brgy.Tungao, Butuan City, Agusandel Norte

                 Phil-LiDAR 2 team conducted a field survey in Brgy. Dulag and Brgy.Tungao, Butuan City, Agusandel Norte last November 10-15, 2014. Courtesy call protocol was initiated first in the barangay halls of the respective barangays in order to inform the barangay about the upcoming field surveys that will be done in their area. Precautionary measures were given by the Brgy. Captain and officials to the field team for their protection and of the instruments. Local guides from the barangay were asked so that they will have assistants in the field survey.  Collection of geographic coordinates, in-situ spectral measurements and structural data were the activities done in the barangays.

                   Within six (6) days of field data gathering, the team collected two (2) structural data of coconut, ten (10) structural & spectral data of banana & rubber, seven (7) spectral data of coffee, and five (5) spectral data of corn. The team also included the spectral data of grasses & bare soil. The collection of data depends on the accessibility, topography & exposure of crops to the sun in the areas. It is being observed in Barangay Dulag, most of farming system practices was mixed cropping (intercropping). Coconut was being intercropped with either corn or banana / mixed cropping of fruit bearing tress. Mostly of the area was devoted to the cultivation of fruit bearing tress like Durian, Rambotan, Lansones, and mango. In Barangay Tungao, observations were a lot of rubber farms mostly in growing stages. They are also practicing mixed cropping system. There are rubber trees being intercropped with corn, cassava and other cash crops. Perennial crops like coffee were also observed in between rows of the rubber tree. Coconuts intercropped with banana were also present. There were problems encountered by the team during the data gathering due to the steep locations of some crops and unpleasant weather condition.

CSU Phil-LiDAR 2 Attends the 1st Phil-LiDAR National Conference

              The Phil-LiDAR 2 Project Team of Caraga State University attended the 1st Phil-LiDAR National Conference at Royal Mandaya Hotel, Davao City last November 17-18, 2014 spearheaded by UPD Phil-LiDAR 1 Program. The attendants of the conference were representatives from Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 Program partner state universities and colleges (SUCs) and higher education institutions (HEIs) nationwide.

                The conference aims to gather all of the Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 Project implementers in order to discuss altogether the technical and administrative concerns of the projects. The major agendum of the program was the presentations of the accomplishments and updates of each Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 projects. Also discussed in the event was the planning of the workplans, methodologies and future activities of the projects so that they will have proper directions for the efficient implementations of the said projects. Present also in the aforementioned event were representatives from the Department of Science and Technology Region XI office and the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Research and Development.

Phil-LiDAR2 Team of Caraga State University Participates in PhilGeoS 2014 Week

        CSU’s Phil-LiDAR 2 Project Team participated the 3rd Annual Philippine Geomatics Symposium also called as PhilGEOS 2014 was held in UP Diliman, Quezon City last November 24-29, 2014. The theme for the year was “Enhancing Public Service with Geomatics”.PhilGEOS 2014 was attended by geomatics advocates coming from different academic institutions, private and government agencies.

          Series of activities were prepared for the event starting with the pre-symposium short courses – the 14th GE Department Seminar and Pre-Symposium Science Meeting: PHL-MICROSAT.On November 25-26, 2014, the Phil-LiDAR 2 PARMap Component of UP Diliman also had their mentoring/training-workshop to the other Phil-LiDAR 2 SUCs/HEIs. Their workshop was about their latest development on the methodologies on mapping of agricultural resources. The two-day training successfully ended by the closing remarks of Dr. Ariel Blanco, the Program Leader of Phil-LiDAR 2 and DGE Chairman. On the 4th day of PhilGEOS week, the symposium proper was opened by the welcome message of Dean Aura Matias, the dean of UP College of Engineering. The entire symposiumwhich concluded on November 28, 2014 constitutes several plenary sessions, poster exhibits and technical sessions. Both the technical sessions and poster exhibits were participated by the CSU research teams and students. By the last day of the event, the CSU participants joined last activity which is the Free and Open Source Softwares (FOSS)-4G workshops.

CSU Phil-LiDAR 2 Conducts Participatory Mapping in Carmen, AgusandelNorte

         As initial information input for the coastal mapping component of this project .Preliminary survey was conducted in order to gather primary information needed. The one day activity was successfully conducted last December 12, 2015 at SB Conference Room, Carmen Municipal Hall. Aimed by the activity was to gather primary information relevant on the location of the benthic habitats (i.e. corals, sea grass and mangroves) and fish catch inventory in municipality of Carmen, AgusandelNorte coastal area. Primary participant of the gathering was fishermen from different fisher folk organizations in Municipality of Carmen. Survey questionnaires and printed base maps were the tools used in identifying the locations and the status of the benthic habitats in the area. The said activity was also attended by Phil-LiDAR 2 Program Leader Dr. Ariel C. Blanco and Engr. Mylene Villanueva-Jerez, the Chief of Phil-LiDAR 2 PARMap Component in UP Diliman.

UP Diliman Phil-LiDAR 2 VisitsCaraga State University for Project Monitoring

         Dr. Ariel Blanco, the Phil-LiDAR 2 Program Leader, along with Engr. Mylene Villanueva-Jerez, the Chief of the PARMap Component visited the Phil-LiDAR 2 Project in Caraga State University last December 11-12, 2014. The purpose of their visit was to monitor and discuss the project targets, workplan and other matters. Their monitoring agenda included the discussion with the project targets, review and update on the methodologies (both the data processing and field methodologies), outputs and workplan. There were revisions recommended regarding the workplan so as to accommodate the future challenges and activities of the project.

              After the thorough project monitoring, Dr. Blanco which is also the Chairman of the Department of Geodetic Engineering (DGE) of UP Diliman, went to the University’s College of Engineering and Information Technology to see the GE Division as the UP DGE is planning to strengthen cooperation and collaboration among GE schools. Dr. Blanco and Engr. Jerez, the next day, came along with the CSU Phil-LiDAR 2 Project team to conduct an Aquatic Resources/Benthic Habitat Participatory Mapping in Carmen, Agusandel Norte.

Chief of PPCIEERD’s Emerging Technology Development Division (ETDD) Visits Caraga State University for Phil-LiDAR Projects Monitoring

          Engr. Nelson P. Beniabon, the chief of PCIEERD’s Emerging Technology Development Division, visited Caraga for R & D Consortium last December 17-19, 2014. His itinerary included the monitoring of Phil-LiDAR Projects Activities and Facilities.

       On December 17, 2014, upon arrival from the airport, Engr. Beniabon together with the other three PCIEERD personnel went directly in Caraga State University to meet President Penaso. The monitoring of the Phil-LiDAR Projects started the next day. The documents of the Phil-LiDAR 2 projects were checked by Engr. Beniabon and he also asked about the updates, issues and concerns of the project. On the other hand, his accomplices verified the equipment/instruments that the project has already purchased.

Phil-LiDAR 2 Program Organizes a Phil-LiDAR 2 Program-wide Research Colloquium

            Two representatives from Caraga State University Phil-LiDAR 2, SSRS Engr. Rudolph Joshua U. Candare and Project Staff Engr. Anamarie J. Pondog,  attended the 1st Phil-LiDAR Program-wide Research Colloquium last October 3-4, 2014 at Geodetic Engineering Theater, College of Engineering, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City. The purpose of the program was to get updates about the technical and administrative issues of each project especially on the progress of the development of methodologies.

           The colloquium was formally openedby Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, the Phil-LiDAR 2 Program Leader. Two activities were done simultaneously during the meeting. On one room, the researchers from different Phil-LiDAR 2 projects presented their respective updates and challenges theyhave encountered and accomplished. For the CSU Phil-LiDAR 2, SSRS Engr. Candare, delivered the latest developed methodology in agricultural resources mapping using Support Vector Machine (SVM). Further, the recent field in-situ spectral measurement on corns and its results was also discussed by SSRS Engr. Candare. And on the other hand, the project leaders/project representatives together with Dr. Blanco discussed about the year 1 progress report as a whole, renewal of the project for year 2 and other administrative matters. The project staff of CSU Phil-LiDAR 2, Engr. Pondog, was the one who attended the meeting with Dr. Blanco. They also included in the discussion the assignments of the other areas that are not yet covered by any of the implementing HEIs/SUCs in year 1. It was being agreed that Sulu and Tawi-Tawiwill be to ADZU, CAR Region to MMSU and UP-Diliman, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat to MSU-IIT, and South Cotabato to UP-Mindanao and UP-Diliman.

CSU Phil-LiDAR 2 Team Goes to Surigaodel Norte for Reconnaissance

             The team successfully conducted courtesy visit in the respective LGUs in Surigaodel Norte. Three municipalities were visited namely;Surigao City, Bacuag and Soccoro. Standard government protocols were undergone throughout the office visits. The main objective of the activity was to impart the stakeholders on the project brief. Courtesy visit at barangay level was also conducted during the reconnaissance survey in the province.After the team conducted permission entry protocol from the concerned offices, ocular observation was conducted to the areas where resources were being reported from Barangay Agricultural Profiling Survey (BAPS) of Department of Agriculture- Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (DA-BAS).

            Coconut crop is dominated in Surigao City while other priority crops considered in the project (i.e. banana, corn and rubber) are patches only. Majority of the banana plantations were situated co-existed or intercropped with coconut. A remarkable coral reef, mangroves, sea grasses, fish cages are located in Brgy. Day-Asan, Surigao City. According to the local guides, other vast coastal resource/habitat can also be found in some areas in Surigao City namely, Brgy. San Isidro and Brgy.Nabago (mariculture). The same existence of agricultural resources in BacuagMinicipality to the other parts of Surigaodel Norte province. The protected Marine Sanctuary in Bacuag is located in Brgy. Poblacion while vast areas of fishponds and mangrove areas are located in Brgy. Cabugao. Fish (Milk fish) productions in the area decreased due to some other parts of the fish pens are abandoned. Based from the interviews of the locals, the cause of the abandoned areas was due to mining activities done in the adjacent municipality that result to degradation of the water quality.On the other hand, dominant mangroves are located in the sanctuary in Brgy. San Roque, Socorro, Surigaodel Norte. There are still patches of mangroves in Brgy. Sering, Brgy. Salob and Brgy. Rizal observed. Vast mangroves areas of different stages can be found in Bgry. Rizal. Deforestation caused by wildfire in SitioAtuyay, Brgy. Sering turned hectares of mangium and hardwood trees into ashes. The said wildfire was caused by the long period drought and heat in the area. Restoration and improvement of the damaged area are still on process. The BAYANIHAN Association together with the town folks are in helping hands in restoring the place in its previous beauty.