GRIDS

ABOUT US

Who are we?

Geographic Innovations for Development Solutions, Inc. (GRIDS) is a Philippine-based geospatial services, planning consultancy, and capacity-building company. Founded in 2015, GRIDS has organized more than a hundred capacity-building activities about geographic information systems to more than 50 organizations across the Philippines and hundreds of individuals around the world.

Committed to help map better decisions, GRIDS combines innovation and quality to ensure that partner organizations are equipped with the right mapping skills and geospatial tools to help them make informed decisions. GRIDS also assists local and national government agencies in achieving development objectives through appropriate planning strategies and employment of geospatial tools to plan, execute, and monitor development projects and initiatives.

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SEC

CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

Geographic Innovations for Development Solutions, Inc. Since March 2016

PhilGEPS

CERTIFICATE OF PHILGEPS REGISTRATION (Platinum Membership)

Issued August 4,2020 – Valid until August 4, 2021

QGIS

CERTIFYING ORGANIZATION

Approved since January 11, 2019

BINUNGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION

2019 CSR: Mapping Better Futures – Back to School Program at Binunga Elementary School, Buenavista, Marinduque, June 8, 2019

CAWAYAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION

Geographic Innovations for Development Solutions, Inc. with Company Registration No. CS201605349 issued March 14, 2016

EDC

CERTIFICATE

For Satisfactory Completion of Forest Monitoring and Evaluation Project issued November 7, 2018

IRRI

CERTIFICATE

Geographic Innovations for Development Solutions, Inc. with Company Registration No. CS201605349 issued March 14, 2016

EDC and BINHI

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION

Guest Exhibitor during the 2018 BINHI Day issued June 29, 2018

MERALCO MGEN

CERTIFICATE OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

For providing a successful training entitled 2018 Advanced GIS Training: Photogrammetry last April 24-26, 2018

EDC

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION

Guest Exhibitor during the 2017 GIS Day issued November 24, 2017

Lope Manlangit, F. P. Ibasco, and Quinapaguian Elementary Schools

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION

2017 CSR: Mapping Better Futures – Back to School Program in three island barangays of Mercedes, Camarines Norte last July 22-23, 2017

Lester Ryan P. Mojica

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

GIS 85%
Remote Sensing 90%
Land Cover Mapping and Change Detection Analysis 95%

Lester Ryan P. Mojica is a Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) Specialist with expertise in environmental planning and management. He is knowledgeable in LiDAR Mapping, Google Earth Engine processing and object-based image analysis (OBIA) classification using commercial and open-source software.

Education

  • MS in Environmental Science, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna (2009 – 2014)
  • Units in Urban and Regional Planning (2nd semester AY 2010-2011)
  • BS in Forestry, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna (2005 – 2009)

As an environmental planner, his current research interests involve the use and application of remote sensing technologies in understanding the dynamics and processes undergoing in natural and social environments. This includes land cover change detection and analysis, climate risks vulnerability assessment, scenario modeling and prediction, and spatial health and epidemiology. Since 2014, he has been involved in various research projects concerning different environmental studies.

As the current company secretary of Geographic Innovations for Development Solutions, Inc. (GRIDS, Inc.), his main task is focused on the formulation of project proposals anchored to different client needs. He also leads the facilitation of the capacity-building activities of the firm.

“ A vision without calculated actions will forever remain just like that --- an abstract and haunting representation of your frustrations.”

Milben Bragais

PRESIDENT

Flood Modeling 90%
GIS 85%
Remote Sensing 80%

A licensed Forester and Environmental Planner committed to provide innovative solutions to environmentally related problems thru GIS and Remote sensing.

Education

  • MS in Environmental Science, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna (2014)
  • BS in Forestry, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna (2009)

Mr. Bragais is a geographic information system (GIS) practitioner in fields of environmental science and disaster risk reduction and management. He is a co-founder and the incumbent President of Geographic Innovations for Development Solutions, Inc. (GrIDS), a registered environmental consultancy firm that aims to provide scientifically-based decisions using GIS.

Thru GrIDS, he provides capacity building training for local government units, academe, students, researchers, and all interested professionals to mainstream the application of GIS to the climate change adaptation efforts in the Philippines.

“We are forever grateful for every opportunity to share our skills knowing that each training is another step in creating positive impacts to the community and to the environment.”

Hector Manuel Jon C. Brizuela

Strategic Communications, Resilience, and Dev.

Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience 70%
Training and Capacity Development 80%
Social Impact Research 90%

Education

  • MA Philippine Studies (Development Studies), University of the Philippines Diliman (2015-ongoing)
  • BS in Development Communication, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna (2006-2011)

Hector Brizuela, EnP. is a university faculty in Manila, Philippines. Aside from instruction, he serves as Strategic Communications Partner at Geographic Innovations and Development Solutions, Inc. (GRIDS, Inc.). For the past 10 years, he’s been involved in multiple development planning projects including in the fields of tourism, community disaster resilience, energy, and policy development.
Hector is a registered and licensed Environmental Planner and a trained Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner certified by DOLE-Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC).

“Disasters gives us two things: a moment to react and a decision to overcome.” -

Jayson L. Arizapa

Training Division Head

GIS 80%
Project Management 80%
GIS 80%

A licensed forester and geospatial technology enthusiast.

Education

  • MS in Forestry, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna (2017-2019)
  • BS in Forestry, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna (2010-2014)
  • Certificate in Forestry, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna (2008-2010)

Jayson Arizapa is a Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) practitioner whose main interest is on satellite remote sensing and its application to forestry and natural resources management, and disaster risk reduction and management. As a professional, he has been involved as a researcher in projects focusing on flood and landslide modelling. He has also served as a resource person in various trainings and seminars on GIS/RS for students and professionals.

Outside his professional work, Mr. Arizapa has found interest learning about the financial market.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”

Helbert B. Buling

AutoCAD Specialist

AutoCAD 95%
3d Visualization 80%
GIS 70%

A teacher at DepEd and part-time Instructor at San Jose Community College.

Education

  • M.A. in Education Administration and Supervision (units), D.B. Peña Memorial College Foundation
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, Divine Word College of Legazpi (2014)
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering (units), University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna (2011)

Engr. Buling has been in the research sector as the head of the mapping department of the environmental consultancy firm. He was also in the private sector as a Field Engineer of Tiaong Geothermal Power Corporation. During this time, he had gained extensive experience in mapping and general engineering office practice.

Upon returning to his Hometown in Albay, he became a teacher at DepEd and a part-time Instructor at San Jose Community College. Despite his love for teaching, he has not stopped being a part-time Engineering Consultant.

Relax. Take it slow and let the good time roll.

Roxanne A. Banalo

Economic Valuation

Project Management 65%
Planning 80%
GIS 80%

A licensed Environmental Planner mainly works with grassroot communities through institutional interventions.

Education

  • MS in Environmental Science, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna (2015)
  • BS in Agribusiness Management, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna (2010)
  • Units in BA Economics, Colegio de Los Baños, Los Baños, Laguna

With extensive experience in research and development work in the fields of environmental and natural resource management, Ms. Banalo’s recent project involvements are mainly focused on the socio-economic effects of development and climate change. Her previous research assignments allowed her to work closely with people from different professions, affiliations, and nationalities.

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

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