Asian People’s Land Rights Tribunal (Live Updates)

As part of UP’s public service mandate under RA No. 9500, the UP System will be live tweeting the Asian People’s Land Rights Tribunal currently held at the Malcolm Hall Theater.

It is a project of ANGOC’s Land Watch Asia campaign with the Office of the UP Vice President for Public Affairs, the UP Law Center, and the Oxfam GROW campaign. Follow the UP System on Twitter for more.


The usefulness of maps has been proven and established since the beginning of human history. The need for readily-accessible maps has been highlighted by the natural disasters that the Philippines experience during the last quarter of 2013 (Bohol Earthquake & Typhoon Haiyan). This is an initiative to involve more people in the disaster-risk management efforts and promote the geomatics field by doing relevant mapping.

You can contribute and help finish the map for the whole country here.

You may also download latest Philippine edits (shapefile) here.

Mapping saves lives!

Geosim at PhilGEOS 2013

Geosim faculty members participated in the 2nd Philippine Geomatics Symposium last 28-29 November 2013 in NIP, UP Diliman.

Dr. Rhodora Gonzalez headed the Technical Session on Geomatics for Forestry.

Asst. Prof. Czar Jakiri Sarmiento, and lab associate and MSGmE student Engr. Julius Noah Sempio presented two (2) research papers entitled

Geomatics in hydrological simulations: The Iligan Experience (Sarmiento; Sempio) and;

The effects of the changing landscape along the Mandulog River to lowland flood risk (Sempio; Sarmiento)

This National Conference is organized by the UP Department of Geodetic Engineering in partnership with PCIERRD.

We would like to acknowledge our sponsors for PhilGEOS 2013: Pacific Data Resources (Asia) Inc. as a Platinum Sponsor; H.O. Noveloso Surveying, Energy Development Corp, Webcast Technologies, Inc., and Geotech Mercantile Corp as Silver Sponsors. Also, GeoAnalytika, De Leon Import and Export Corp., and RASA Surveying as Bronze Sponsors, and, Siccion Marketing Inc. and Digiscript as Patrons.

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Geosim participates in SAR Training

The UP Department of Geodetic Engineering, in cooperation with PCIERRD holds the Trainor’s Training on Imaging SAR Data, Processing and Applications. This two-week training is an event leading to the 2nd Philippine Geomatics Symposium on the 28-29 of November 2013. Dr. Yousif Ali Hussin of the ITC, Netherlands is the resource speaker for this training. He is being assisted by Geosim Faculty Members Mark Edwin Tupas, Rosario Ang and Czar Jakiri Sarmiento.

About Dr. Hussin
Dr. Yousif Ali Hussin was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1954. He received a BSc degree in Forestry Sciences from the Mosul University, Iraq in 1976. He received an MSc degree in Forestry (Remote Sensing) from Mosul University in 1979, and worked as the lecturer of remote sensing in the Department of Forestry at Mosul University between 1980 and 1985. Between 1986 and 1990 worked as graduate research assistant at Colorado State University on the Shuttle Imaging Radar-B images Research Project, which was funded by NASA through JPL. In 1990 he received his PhD degree in Forest Sciences (Remote Sensing and GIS) from Colorado State University. Between 1990 and 1991 worked as Research Associate at Colorado State University.

Since June 1991 he is Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor of Remote Sensing and GIS at the Department of Natural Resources of Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation ITC, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. Current research interest is the application of microwave and optical satellite data in monitoring tropical deforestation and forest degradation. More specific research interest: SAR and Optical images application in forest and land cover types; RS/GIS applications to detect, monitor and model deforestation and forest degradation; RS/GIS applications to detect, monitor and model forest fire, RS/GIS applications to mangrove and other coastal forest cover types; Remotely Sensed image classification and image transformation for forest and land cover types mapping; Assessment and modeling sequestrated/emitted carbon from healthy/burnt forest using geo-information. (From the resume of Dr. Hussin)

Bangon Pilipinas!

Tindog Tacloban

David Guttenfelder documents hope and rebuilding after devastation.

Photojournalist David Guttenfelder was on assignment in North Korea when he first learned about the catastrophic damage that Super Typhoon Haiyan had inflicted on the Philippines.

Guttenfelder, who is the chief Asia photographer for the Associated Press news agency and a frequent National Geographic contributor, read about it on Twitter while traveling in a car from the capital city of Pyongyang to the far northeast corner of the country, near the Russian border.

“There’s 3G service in North Korea now, weirdly … [and] I started to read about the scale of the destruction,” Guttenfelder said. “I saw a picture someone had tweeted of the typhoon taken from space, which was really amazing.”

But it wasn’t until he saw another tweet, about the death toll from the typhoon, estimated to be in the thousands, that Guttenfelder knew he needed to see the devastation firsthand. “My job was to cover major events in Asia, so I knew I had to go,” Guttenfelder said.

Shortly after, Guttenfelder was on a flight from Pyongyang to China, then to Japan, then to the capital city of the Philippines, Manila. From there, he hitched a ride with a military aid aircraft to Tacloban, the city hardest hit by the typhoon.

See the photos here: Photojournalist Captures Resiliency in the Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan

Geosim at ACRS 2013

Geosim resident members Czar Jakiri Sarmiento, Mark Tupas and Rosario Ang attend the 34th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2013) in Bali, Indonesia.

They will be presenting two (2) papers:

A Watershed Characterization Method for Hydrological Simulations (Sarmiento)

Using CA-Markov Simulated Land Cover for Parametric Sedimentation Estimation in a Large Reservoir (Tupas)

and two (2) posters:

Development of a Web-based Marine Spatial Planning Tool for Ocean Renewable Energy (Ang)

Application of the Social Tenure Domain Model to Recognition of Indigenous Rights in the Philippines (Aranas)

The Conference is organized by the Indonesian Society for Remote Sensing (ISRS/MAPIN) and Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS)

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