BUTUAN CITY, PH, June 27-29 — Fourteen (14) personnel from partner agencies underwent a 3-day training on the use of remote controlled aircrafts for mapping and monitoring purposes on June 27 to 29 at the COSERAM conference room in Butuan City.
Franz-Fabian Bellot, COSERAM technical advisor with the NCIP, taught participants the advantages and challenges of this new technology as well as the legal and cultural framework of drone usage in the Philippines.
Drone mapping takes just minutes to complete a site survey with the same accuracy as land survey.
“Participants were also able to learn how to correctly utilize UAV devices, and what software applications to use for flight planning, image and data processing and analysis,” he said.
The training, held under the Indigenous Practices for Conservation of Biodiversity (IP4BioDiv) Module, gathered participants from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and office of the Protected Area Superintendent (PASu).
All participants had the chance to operate the UAV and practice their flying skills in maneuvering a DJI Phantom 4 quad-copter on the last day of the training.