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Philippines monitors illegal logging via g-tech

Philippines: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has started “Project Geo-tagging” in Caraga Region, a strategy to efficiently monitor the movement of logs sold to various wood-processing plants.

Geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification metadata to various media such as a geotagged photograph or video, websites, SMS messages, QR codes or RSS (Rich Sites Summary) feeds and is a form of geospatial metadata, according to Wikipedia.

“A geospatial metadata or simply metadata is applicable to objects that have an explicit or implicit geographic extent, in other words are associated with some position on the surface of the globe. Such objects may be stored in a GIS or may simply be documents, datasets, images or other objects, services, or related items that exist in some other native environment but whose features may be appropriate to describe in a (geographic) metadata catalogue (may also be known as a data directory, data inventory, etc.)”.

DENR 13 OIC, Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo said the top management of the DENR backs up the implementation of the geo tagging project in Caraga Region being a pilot area considering the rich experience of the region in logging activities. “We are reviewing the process and procedure in implementing the geo tagging to ensure its success,” Tamayo said.

According to Tamayo, all PENR and CENR officers have been equipped with digital tablets in which they can easily access to the data, in this case, the logs being transported to its destination can be located at a flick of a finger.

“We hope this strategy can eliminate, once and for all, the movement of illegal logs in the region which has been considered a perennial problem,” Tamayo said.

Tamayo said that he had also found out during a recent conference of top DENR officials in Davao City last week that that log smugglers from other regions dump illegally cut logs from the Forest Mountains of Bukidnon, Davao Oriental, and Compostela Valley through the Agusan River because of its geographic advantage.

“Everybody thought that illegal logging activities are frequent in Caraga region owing to this activity,” Tamayo said. “We had become an object of ridicule because of this system,” he said.

Source: PIA