The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) conducted the PhilSA Integrated Network for Space-Enabled Actions towards Sustainability, or the PINAS Workshop, in Zamboanga City from 19 to 20 March 2024 in collaboration with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU).   

The first day of the workshop featured technical presentations on the Philippine water sector; the Mindanao Water Supply Program implemented by MinDA; water resource conservation, utilization, and management; and space data applications. 

During the second day of the workshop, participants were tasked to map and examine the challenges encountered in their areas, along with identifying the corresponding actions needed to address them. A hands-on session on field data collection using the ODK Collect application was conducted to capacitate the participants to collect and upload field data through their mobile devices for validation of satellite data. Additional topics on remote sensing, the Space Data Dashboard, the value of field data, and the Mangrove Validation Map were also discussed. 

The collaboration with MinDA is a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between both agencies formalized last 08 August 2023. A key area of collaboration is the establishment of PINAS Mindanao to highlight the relevance of geospatial data in local government policymaking, planning, and monitoring.   

Launched in October 2022, PINAS envisions an active network of institutions and individuals working together toward sustainability using space data. Workshops have been held in Iloilo City, Palawan, Ilocos Region, Aklan, Mindoro, and Davao. Interested individuals and organizations may #JoinTheMission of PINAS here. 

PhilSA Director General Dr. Joel Joseph S. Marciano, Jr., paid a courtesy visit to Zambaonga City Mayor John M. Dalipe.

Mr. William Mariaga, on behalf of Hon. Mayor John Dalipe of Zamboanga City welcomes the participants.

PhilSA Director Ariel C. Blanco presents the space data value chain.

DATOS Project Leader RK Aranas presents the various space data applications.

Project Leader, Ms. Princess Angela Young presents the PINAS Project.

Engr. Joan S. Barrera, Director of the Policy, Planning and Project Development Office of Minda discusses, “Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Ensuring Water Resource Conservation, Utilization, and Management for the Sustainable Development of Mindanao.”

Mr. Rogelio B. Ocampo, Project Manager of the Office of Project Development Services (OPDS) Water Supply and Sanitation of the Department of the Interior and Local Government discusses the Philippine Water Sector.

Ms. Madania Malang-Casinto, Development Management Officer of MinDA, provides an overview of the Mindanao Water Supply Program.

Mr. Emir V Epino, Director of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University Center for Environment and Sustainability presents their research and development initiatives on SSTA and other related topics.

Mr. Rogelio Visitacion OIC-Chief of the Area Management Office (AMO) Western Mindanao tackle how MinDA, PhilSA, and offices in Zamboanga can further collaborate on ongoing programs and future projects.

Mapping workshop activity

Participants configure the ODK Collect application for data collection.