COTABATO CITY –To provide assistance to the Bangsamoro Government’s quest for potential energy sources across the region, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) donated on Sept.16 Geographic Information System (GIS) equipment to the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy (MENRE).
Kristin Dadey, Chief of Mission IOM Philippines, handed over to MENRE Deputy Minister Akmad Brahim the equipment which included one (1) high-end laptop for GIS use, one (1) drone for exploration and documentation, four (4) map digitizers for processing of documented maps, one (1) laser printer, and one (1) Arc GIS Perpetual License.
“Energy is critical to the development in the Bangsamoro, so we hope that by helping the government with sustainable energy solutions, then people will not be forced to move to look for jobs, that there will be more job opportunities in the Bangsamoro,” Dadey noted.
In his message read by Brahim, BARMM Senior Minister and concurrent MENRE Minister Abdulraof Macacua extended his utmost gratitude to the IOM for its unrelenting support to the mandate and vision of the Environment Ministry.
“In exploring and managing energy sources in the Bangsamoro, we will not only bring light to the households in both urban and remote areas in the region, but we will also be able to provide livelihood opportunities to communities as we develop and harness these potential sources of energy,” Deputy Minister Brahim said.
Also present during the donation acceptance were MENRE-Energy Management and Development Services Director Nasiri Abas, Chief Energy Regulations Officer Engr. Al-Montazer Mandong, Engr. Shariff Pagayao, and Engr. Al-Jeraisy Dimaren.
Meanwhile, officials and employees of MENRE who are involved with the exploration, documentation, and interpretation of gathered data on energy development, will be trained by the IOM on the advanced application of GIS and basic drone deployment how-tos this October. (Bangsamoro Information Office/Photo from MENRE)