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I was welcomed at the Iloilo Airport by Melvin Purzuelo coordinator of the Green Forum-Western Visayas (my local mentor) and driven to my accommodation. I was briefed on the following day about the upcoming activities. On July 13, we went to the REBUILD Project Implementation Centre in San Dionisio. However we had to adjust our travel plans due to ensure travellers safety in an area which has been affected by super typhoon Yolanda. Recent past has witnessed a couple of incidents along the San Dionisio and Estancia.
While working with Melvin I took the opportunity for preparing the base map for organizing a similar 3D modelling exercise when back home in Solomon Islands. We discovered that the topographic maps of Solomon Islands are the work of the US air force likewise to the Philippines. Considering that these maps were made decades ago, we realized that we had to improve them to be suitable for use in a P3DM process. I am exploring possibilities for establishing a long term partnership between our organization in Solomon Islands and Melvin’s NGO in terms of PGIS activities.