Philippines ESRI Geographic Information Systems Users Conference set

The annual gathering of Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) software users is scheduled on Jan. 22 and 23, 2013 at the EDSA Shangri-la Manila’s Isla Ballroom with the theme “GIS (Geographic Information Systems): Enhancing Governance and Citizen Engagement.”

The two-day conference aims to share information and learnings among users to gain knowledge about technological developments on the Esri GIS platform to enhance their work and those of their stakeholders.

The GIS user conference has attracted at least 80-100 executive levels in both the private and government sectors during the executive forum yearly as well as foreign and local exhibitors, and almost 500 local participants to the plenary and breakout sessions from all industries, national government agencies, telecommunications, transportation, business, academe and local government units.

GIS and related geospatial technologies and data, facilitated by rapid changes in information and communication technologies are increasingly being used in the Philippines to address and solve problems in governance, economic development, basic services, emergency response, climate change, crime monitoring, and every day concerns of citizens.

Speakers on the first day of the conference are Undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Peter N. Tiangco, Ph.D., Administrator of the National Mapping and Resources Authority, and Mr. Dean Angelides, Esri Director for International Operations.

A pre-conference event on January 21 is also set.  The first ever Philippine Esri Education Users Conference, sponsored by Geodata Systems Technologies, Inc. at the same venue, with the theme “GIS: Equipping the Filipino Workforce for Global Competition.”

The event is an opportunity for the academe and GIS practitioners from selected private and government sectors to get a glimpse of future employment opportunities for their graduates. GIS has become a mainstream business application in almost all government and private sectors and industries.

Interested parties may contact Geodata Systems Technologies, Inc. at 637-4447-49, 633-7787-89 or at
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