The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) held a two-day PINAS Workshop from 22 to 23 February 2023 at the Aklan State University (ASU), attended by over 90 participants from the local government unit (LGU), regional government agencies, civil society organizations (CSO), and the academe.
Hon. Jose Enrique M. Miraflores, Governor of the Province of Aklan, and Hon. Carlito S. Marquez, Congressman of the 1st district of the Province of Aklan and Chair of the House Committee on Science and Technology, recognized the value of space data to address the province’s concerns in their welcome remarks and message of support, respectively.
In collaboration with ASU, the workshop included lectures on space data applications, remote sensing, and the importance of field validation. Mapping activity and field collection data training through the ODK Collect application was conducted to determine the environmental, agriculture, and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) concerns per area. A technical demonstration on the Diwata-2 Amateur Radio Unit and practical application also occurred.
PINAS, or the PhilSA Integrated Network for Space-Enabled Actions towards Sustainability, envisions an active network of institutions and people to #JoinTheMission and work together toward sustainability using space data and information. Launched last October 2022, LGUs, NGAs, CSOs, the academe, and individuals were invited to #JoinTheMission here. Previous workshops were also held in Iloilo City, Palawan, and Ilocos Region.