The Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14 Project of Caraga State University, also called the CSU LiDAR 1 project, is now on its second year of implementation. CSU LiDAR 1 is one of several projects under the “Phil-LiDAR-1. Hazard Mapping of the Philippines using LiDAR” program funded by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development – Department of Science and Technology (PCIEERD-DOST). Projects under this program are being implemented nationwide by several state universities and colleges (SUCs) and higher education institutions (HEIs). CSU LiDAR 1 in particular will generate flood hazard maps of the river basins and watershed of Caraga Region (except the Agusan River Basin which has been covered by the UP DREAM program).
This 2015, the project will cover the river basins of Tandag, Hubo-Otieza, Hinatuan, and Bislig, all in the province of Surigao del Sur. As its first major activity for the year, the CSU Phil LiDAR 1 Project conducted project orientation and courtesy visits to four (4) municipalities and two (2) cities of Surigao del Sur which are covered by the Year 2 river basins. The visits were conducted last January 28-29, 2015. On the 28th, the municipality of San Agustin and the city of Tandag were visited while the municipalities of Barobo, Tagbina, Hinatuan and the city of Bislig were visited on the following day.
During the conduct of the project orientation, the project team was able to meet the local government officials and staff of the Mayor’s office, local planning and development office and the disaster risk reduction management office. The conduct of the activity also served as an avenue for the project team to request from the Municipal Mayors or representatives for a focal person whom the project members will be contacting if and when the project will be conducting a fieldwork within the city/municipality. Each municipality and city were provided with printed maps of Digital Surface Models (DSMs) as tokens of appreciation for welcoming and accommodating the project team.
(Text and photo-documentation by Francisse Mae M. Mordeno; Edited by JR Santillan)