CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY- The NEDA-Regional Office X (NEDA-X), as the Secretariat to the Regional Project Monitoring Committee conducted a refresher course for its personnel on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a “drone”, for monitoring and evaluation on 30 July 2021 via video conference.

The said refresher course aimed to capacitate technical staff involved in monitoring and evaluating the implementation of programs, projects, and activities in the region in deploying drones.

The UAV or drone is a type of aircraft that operates without a human pilot onboard. It has become a vital tool in land use planning, 3D mapping, hazard prone mapping, surveying, precise agriculture applications, inspection, monitoring and evaluation of projects, among others.

Engr. Isabelo Naduma, Jr. of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Area X and Arch. Keith Grian Gomonit, CAAP Certified Drone Controller from AeroCam Aerial+, served as resource persons of said activity.

Engineer Naduma presented the CAAP’s regulation on the operation of UAVs as stipulated in the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulation particularly Memorandum Circular No. 29 (s.2015), while Architect Gomonit discussed basic manipulation, assembly, setup software, and calibration of the UAV including an overview on image processing applications and other relevant post-processing steps for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

On 29-30 May 2018, NEDA-X in coordination with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) conducted the UAV Users Training for Mapping. The said training focused on the use of UAV in land use mapping to provide the efficient utilization of the region’s limited resources as reflected in the various plan preparations and provision of technical assistance to the region’s stakeholders.

A hands-on UAV flying session on manual drone operations will be conducted once Cagayan de Oro City’s community quarantine classification eases and outdoor activities are allowed.

NEDA-X personnel together with resource persons during the 30 July 2021 refresher course on the use of drones for project monitoring and evaluation