CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 15 -- As a means to process field data using technology, Report Officers of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office in Region 10 undergo a three-day training on applied geo-tagging technology. 

Geo-tagging is the practice of associating a digital resource with a physical location which is typically given in terms of latitude and longitude coordinates, which can pinpoint any place on the planet with a high degree of precision.

Highlighting the application of geo-tagging under DA’s wings is the Mindanao Rural Development Project (MRDP). It is among the very first Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects to have responded to the call. This is a special project which stands on the three-prong principles of transparency, accountability and participation.

Assistant Regional Director Roxana H. Hojas said that the intention of geo-tagging is to address good governance for project implementation. She said that participants must take advantage of the opportunity and understand it as this is useful in planning, monitoring, managing and evaluation.

After the lectures and computer exercises given by information technology experts of DA namely Christian Padrones and Jaypee Pechay,  the participants participated through a hands-on and field exercises to understand the process well.  Then, each group presented their output.  

With the use of geo-tagging the project can be monitored on its actual location, physical progress and seeing its total developmental impact on the community by displaying its access, links and influence areas. This will also help mitigate project vulnerability and risk to fraud, continue to supervise projects especially in conflict areas and to  reach sub-projects and to address capacity and governance issues for project implementation through local government units (LGUs). (SVA/DA10)