PhilRootcrops Staff Attended GIS Training

    Three PhilRootcrops staff attended the Training on Introduction to GIS and Web GIS Application for Enhanced Local and Environmental Governance on November 12-16, 2007 held at the Medical Transcription Room (High School Library), VSU. These included Engr. Alan B. Loreto, an agricultural engineer and the in-charge of VSU Webpage, Engr. Dale P. Loreto, a computer engineer and Engr. Ral-jie S. Managbanag, an agricultural engineer.

    The training geared to enhance the knowledge on Geographic Information System (GIS) through a one-week intensive hands-on training on GIS mapping, operation of ARCVIEW GIS software and Web GIS applications. The resource persons were Dr. Pastor Garcia who currently handles the VSU GIS Services, and Mr. Eugene Ronney, GIS expert from the University of New Mexico in the United States.

    The training culminated with the presentation of participants outputs. Engr. A. Loreto presented an interactive map of the sweetpotato germplasm and the photo documentation of the different sweetpotato accessions. Engr. D. Loreto and Engr. Managbanag's output was an application on the different tourist destinations of the city of Baybay. This training provided insights on the different applications of GIS to PhilRootcrops RDE activities such as areas over different agro-ecologies, rootcrop suitability map (overlay of soil fertility), technology dissemination / adoption areas with poverty status overlay, and others.

    About PhilRootcrops

    The Philippine Root Crop Research and Training Center (PhilRootcrops) is a government research, development and training institution for root and tuber crops: cassava, sweetpotato, taro, yam, yambean, arrowroot and other rootcrops.
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    Vision, Mission & Goal

    Vision
    Creating wealth, enhancing health, improving lives through roots and tubers
    Mission
    To provide the national leadership in formulating and implementing strategic root crop research and development programs that can reduce poverty and food insecurity
    Goal
    To generate and promote root crop innovations and information that can improve the lives of stakeholders along the root crop value chain.

    Contact Information

    DR. ERLINDA A. VASQUEZ
    Director
    PhilRootcrops, VSU,Visca, Baybay City, Leyte, Philippines 6521-A
    Tel No. | Fax No.: (+63)(053)563-7229
    Email: lindvasq@yahoo.com | philrootcrops@vsu.edu.ph
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