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Philippine Prez approves micro mapping project

Quezon City, Philippines: Department of Science and Technology, Philippines, embarked on a Disaster Risk Exposure Assessment and Mitigation (DREAM) Project, according to the department’s Undersecretary Graciano Yumul. He said that President President Benigno Aquino III approved the project’s budget of PHP 1.6 billion (PHP: Philipine Peso).
DREAM is a micro mapping project that will utilise the LiDAR technology to get a picture of the ground to produce 3D maps. He said the project will prioritise the 16 river basins in the country and urban areas prone to flooding.
This two-year project will be implemented by the University of the Philippines. Yumul also revealed that the department is looking into solving the problem of water hyacinth clogging the rivers through a water hyacinth clipper. He added that they are exploring the use of dried hyacinth for possible energy source. 
Source: PIA