February 20, 2017
John Isuela, Integrated Pineapple Processing Project Coordinator of Labo Progressive Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LPMPC), got acquainted with the Philippine Rural Development Project’s (PRDP) Applied Geotagging Tool (AGT) during the training on the use of AGT and Expanded Vulnerability and Suitability Assessment (E-VSA) held in Albay on October 17-21, 2016.
Three months later, Isuela shared that he was able to produce geotagged photos of LPMPC’s production activities, harvest area and market which would support not only their P26.98 million-worth proposed Camarines Norte Pineapple Trading and Processing Project under PRDP but also the expansion of their partnership with Trias, an international development organization based in Belgium that has been assisting the cooperative’s pineapple fiber production for three years.
Isuela was one of the participants during the series of Coaching Sessions on AGT conducted by the Philippine Rural Development Project’s (PRDP) Geomapping and Governance Unit (GGU) held in Bicol on February 14-17, 2017. The last leg of the said training was conducted in Daet, Camarines Norte on February 17 to fast track the province’s preparation of the geotagging requirements for I-REAP subprojects during the pre-implementation, implementation and business enterprise monitoring stages.
The GGU team also helped finalize the proponent groups’ AGT plan to facilitate PRDP’s procurement process. Present during the coaching session were the LPMPC and the Samahang Organic Fair Trade Coconut Farmers Bicol Quezon (SOFACOFA-BQ), PRDP’s proponent groups for its enterprise development (I-REAP) subprojects in the province. At the AGT training, the GGU team focused on the discussion of the guidelines in geotagging I-REAP business enterprise subprojects.
Geotagging is one of the PRDP’s innovative tools designed to enhance transparency and development projects supervision. It is an information technology application that links digital resources like photos and videos with geographic and location information with high degree precision. Through geotagging, PRDP facilitates easy and accurate locations of Project interventions including infrastructures, livelihood and agri-fishery facilities on a map. This allows virtual monitoring and supervision of subproject implementation.
GGU uses geotagging and geomapping in PRDP implementation to promote strategic planning for agricultural development intervention, effective communication of gaps and overlaps and subproject monitoring.
PRDP NPCO Geographic Information System (GIS) Data Specialist Engr. Arnel L. Tenorio said that using geotagging, PRDP promotes technology transfer.
“Binibigay talaga namin ito sa LGU para gamitin (We really give it (technology) to the LGUs for them to use),” he said. Thus, he appealed to the participants of the Coaching Session on AGT to synergize in using the tool.
He added, “Geotagging is a safeguard for the recipients. Sa pamamagitan po nito, masisiguro natin na nasa tamang recipients yung naibigay na proyekto (Through geotagging, we can be assured that the project was given to the right recipients).” (Annielyn L. Baleza, DA-PRDP RPCO V InfoACE Unit)