The National Economic and Development Authority VI, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology VI conducted an online Geoportal Users’ Training for the Regional GIS Information Network Innovation Hub Project on October 19, 2022 at the NEDA Regional Office VI in Iloilo City.

In his welcome remarks, NEDA VI OIC-Regional Director Arecio A. Casing, Jr. emphasized the importance of having an online platform of shared geospatial data among member agencies in the region that will support in decision making and policy formulation.

Subject matter expert, Mr. Giovanni I. Maguddayao of NEDA Region II described the main components of the portal, and demonstrated how the basic features of the geoportal is used. Mr. Maguddayao also discussed the common errors that he experienced while populating the portal, as well as steps on how to resolve them.

The participants were also trained on how to input metadata specifications that conform to the standard reference system for mapping activities, and were given a refresher on the use of the ArcGIS, QGIS, and the Mapshaper programs.

NEDA VI OIC-Assistant Regional Director Ms. Cynthia C. Lumampao concluded the activity by acknowledging Mr. Maguddayao for his laudable innovation, which is the RGIN and thanked everyone’s commitment to ensure the successful implementation of the RGIN-IH Project. (NIGalanida/RGIN-IH)