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.

For more information on the conference, kindly visit

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)

For more information on the conference, kindly visit

UP Grad tops Philippine Geodetic Engineering Licensure Exams

CEBU CITY — A graduate of the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman topped the Geodetic Engineer Licensure Examination on September 2013.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Friday that 144 out of 384 passed the examination given by the Board of Geodetic Engineering in Manila this month.

UP Diliman’s graduate Noel Jerome Barcellano Borlongan top the list of board passers, garnering 86.60 percent. He was followed by Feati University’s gradute Kevin Guitan Garcia with a score of 86.20 percent. Another UP Diliman’s graduate, John Ray Andalencio Bergado, made it to third place with a score of 86.00

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PhilGEOS 2013 is a follow-up activity to the the very 1st symposium on Geomatics in the Philippines (PhilGEOS 2012) that was held last November 2012. In its second year, PhilGEOS 2013 is again being organized by the Department of Geodetic Engineering of the University of the Philippines – Diliman. To be held in November 28-29, 2013, PhilGEOS is envisioned to be a major gathering of educators, researchers and the industry in the field of Geomatics from different parts of the country, with focus on agriculture and forestry.

PhilGEOS 2013 will be a good venue to synthesize and publicize Geomatics practice and application in agriculture and forestry in the Philippines, and more importantly, in finding ways in how to make these important sectors resilient through time.

For more info, visit the PhilGEOS Microsite

The New Filipino Time

MANILA — President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law a consolidated bill setting the Philippine Standard Time (PST) and institutionalizing the first week of the year as the “National Time Consciousness Week.”

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, in a press briefing on Thursday, said Aquino signed last May 15 Republic Act 10535 or “An Act to set the Philippine Standard Time in All Official Sources throughout the country, to provide funds for the installation, operation and maintenance of synchronized time devices to be displayed in key public places and to declare the first week of every year as National Time Consciousness Week.”

The new law otherwise known as The Philippine Standard Time (PST) Act of 2013 is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3284 and House Bill No. 164 that was passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on February 4, 2013.

The Act mandates all national and local government offices to display Philippine Standard Time on their official time devices, including bundy clocks, in accordance with the official time provided by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) using its network time protocol.

All of these offices shall coordinate, at least once a month, with the PAGASA to synchronize their official timepieces and devices.

The PAGASA’s Time Service Unit, in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), shall be tasked to monitor, maintain and disseminate the PST throughout the country. The PAGASA shall operate and maintain a timekeeping system to perform these functions and shall endeavor to install and maintain sufficiently large and prominently displayed synchronized time devices in all their field stations and in key public places.

The procurement of equipment necessary for the automatic dissemination of time with global positioning system (GPS) shall be in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act No. 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act). The DOST shall be the procurement overseer of the said equipment.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) will also require the participation of all government and private television and radio stations to ensure synchronization of timekeeping devices even in the most remote parts of the country.

Owners of private television and radio stations who shall fail to calibrate and synchronize their time devices with the Philippine Standard Time during their broadcast shall, upon hearing and due proceedings, be penalized with a fine of not less than P30,000 but not more than P50,000 in the first offense. A subsequent offense will merit a revocation and cancellation of their franchises to operate.

The fine to be collected as penalty for the violation of this Act shall be deposited in the general fund of the National Treasury.

The law also institutionalizes the first week of the year as “National Time Consciousness Week.”

The PAGASA, in coordination with the DOST, the NTC, the Department of Transportation and Communications, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Department of National Defense, Department of Health, the Department of Education, and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), shall promulgate the necessary guidelines for the effective implementation of the calibration and synchronization of the timekeeping devices and implementation of this Act within 90 days from the effectivity of this Act.

This Act shall take effect after 15 days from its publication in the Official Gazette or in two 2 newspapers of general circulation. (SDR/Sunnex)