DENR launches Adopt–a–Mojon Program in Region XII, inks MOA with barangay heads in North Cotabato
by CG Valdez and MC Locsin
Midsayap, North Cotabato (29 February) -- In an effort to preserve survey markers, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region XII recently launched the Adopt–A–Mojon Program in this municipality in North Cotabato.
Some 50 participants, mostly Barangay Chairmen, attended the briefing on the Philippine Reference System of 19992 or PRS '92 Project held at Hill Park Inn and Restaurant in Midsayap. Also in attendance were Sangguniang Bayan Member Dr. Teodora Casipe and the representatives of the Municipal Engineering Office and the Office of the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator.
In his opening remarks, Forester Andrew B. Patricio, Jr., Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Midsayap, revealed the significance of the PRS '92 Project. He stressed that the use of the system produces accurate geographic data which would result in fast-tracking of survey and mapping activities, including the implementation of infrastructure projects and the delivery of basic social services to the rural community.
Engr. Romualdo B. Villanueva, DENR's Chief of Surveys Division, presented the salient points of PRS '92 Project. He underscored the need to establish and preserve survey markers locally called "mojon".
On similar occasion, Ms. Manuela Calungsod-Locsin, DENR's Chief of the Regional Public Affairs Office, explained that the local government offices are among the best persons to adopt the nationwide network of geodetic control points owing to their capability and proximity.
The launching event was capped with the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the DENR and 19 Barangay Chairmen representing their respective barangays.
The forging of the agreements signaled the partnership of the DENR and the LGUs in ensuring the realization of a unified reference system for national development.
The agreement stipulates that the DENR shall extend technical assistance and provide the official list, locations and maps of the adopted geodetic control points while the Barangay Governments shall protect and maintain the geodetic control points, among others.
According to the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority, a DENR-attached agency and lead implementer of the Project, PRS '92 is a homogeneous national network of geodetic control points, physically marked by survey monuments or mojon, established using the Global Positioning System (GPS.) (DENR XII/PIA SarGen) [top]