GRIDS

PROJECT AND SERVICES

PRODUCT

MAPS

Need a map of your proposed project? Or maybe for a class requirement? Visit our platform and select from the list of map types that suits your needs.

GIS DATA

Save your time from visiting several websites to get the data you need. We created an online one-stop-shop containing a wide range of datasets in analysis-ready format. Just search, choose, and download! As easy as that

MANUALS

Want to learn GIS at your own pace? We made our manuals available for those who don’t have time yet to attend our training. These manuals contain step-by-step guides in performing GIS operations. We promise you won’t be lost in the process as long as you follow the steps.

APPAREL & MERCHANDISE

Who said that maps can only be printed on paper? Shirts can have them too and a lot of other possible media! This is #GISBeyondTheScreen

consultancy

At GrIDS, we envision a nation that implements proactive planning to effectively manage its resources for the general welfare of the country. At the core of our work, we focus on the interrelatedness of the natural and social ecosystems and take into account the underlying processes that affect (or may be affected by) the actions taken by decision-makers. With this we believe that a well-crafted plan is based on scientific evidence and supported by the existing technologies that can advance or improve the planning process.

training

Over the last four years, GrIDS was able to train more than 300 professionals coming from different sectors in the country. It is one of our goals to capacitate more individuals and teams to mainstream the use of Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing in improving the delivery of our clients’ services to the different communities they serve.

Note: Some of these courses will require extensive storage use while processing your data. Before enrolling in these courses, we recommend that you check first your unit’s processor and storage and see if it is within the suggested specifications so you can run the processes smoothly and efficiently.

consultancy

At GrIDS, we envision a nation that implements proactive planning to effectively manage its resources for the general welfare of the country. At the core of our work, we focus on the interrelatedness of the natural and social ecosystems and take into account the underlying processes that affect (or may be affected by) the actions taken by decision-makers. With this we believe that a well-crafted plan is based on scientific evidence and supported by the existing technologies that can advance or improve the planning process.

  • Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP)

GrIDS team is composed of environmental planners, foresters, and spatial modelers that can assist LGUs in the drafting or updating of their Comprehensive Land Use Plan with the incorporation of Geographic Information System.  As a company that specializes in the use of this tool and related technologies, we can ensure that this will be maximized all throughout the planning process. To highlight, this includes data inventory, storage and management, creation of thematic layers ready for analysis, spatial analysis and interpretation. We can also conduct GIS capacity building activities to ensure the continuity of the CLUP updating.

  • Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA)

In line with our mission to help map better decisions, and in support of the national government’s mandate to LGUs to integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the local plans, our team created a workflow that incorporates GIS in all possible entry-points in the CDRA process. With this workflow, LGUs can be guided in their assessment, making the process more efficient with GIS.

  • Climate Risk Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA)

Agriculture is one of the most affected sectors whenever natural calamities happen. While the events may be unpredictable, we believe that damages can be reduced or minimized through proactive planning specifically at the municipal level. Knowing where the vulnerable areas are located is the first step in creating climate-resilient agri-fisheries communities.

Having been able to conduct Climate-Risk Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA) in seven provinces in the country, gathering different insights from LGUs’ experiences, and planning with the local stakeholders, our team was able to assist the Department of Agriculture in identifying vulnerable agriculture areas that need to be prioritized for intervention.

  • Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP)

One of the important aspects of the FLUP is the inclusion of the local community in the planning process as its ultimate goal is to make them stewards of the forests. When it comes to forest land use management, Participatory GIS is one of the approaches that we use to encourage information exchange with the locals. Such a process enriches the discussion, providing an interactive participation and effective communication. More so, it gives importance to the value of local knowledge during planning. This approach, together with the team’s robust experience in forestry and environmental planning, can give assurance to our clients that the process will be inclusive, participatory, and built on the principles of resource management.

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

For studies that require inputs from interdisciplinary fields, GrIDS taps its pool of experts and includes them onboard to lead the assessments as it may be applicable to their field of expertise. Through the results, we remain true to our core values in bringing out unbiased findings and recommending evidence-based solutions for the possible environmental impacts of a certain project. Furthermore, we give equal importance to the communities that may be affected, and consider the EIA report not just for the proponent’s sole compliance but topmost intended for the welfare of the concerned communities.

  • Feasibility Study (FS)

For any planned development, it is always practical to consider a feasibility study first. Aside from saving time and money, conducting such prior to development can also give valuable insights on the possible threats to the natural and social environment a project may have. The application of spatial analysis in the feasibility study can even hasten the process since it allows to store, manipulate, analyze, and display data digitally.

  • Suitability Analysis

Suitability analysis has various applications in different industries depending on the needs of the stakeholders. Whatever the need may be, our team can help individuals, organizations, or institutions to find the best suitable areas for their planned development or intervention, whether finding the strategic location for a business, disaster or fire response unit, landfill site selection, land use analysis, crop suitability, and more.

  • Biodiversity Monitoring System

While we all agree that biodiversity is vital to ecological balance, we cannot deny the fact that we often lack systems to track important aspects that will give us a clear picture of the current status and trends. Part of our workflows is to establish metric systems specifically designed to monitor progress for effective biodiversity conservation and resource management. At GrIDS we believe that we cannot manage what we don’t measure.

  • Environmental Studies

Having a pool of experts from multiple disciplines and a core team with strong background in the fields of environmental science and forestry, GrIDS takes pride in being able to carry out every environmental study assigned to them. Furthermore, the firm uses up-to-date geospatial, technological, and geostatistical tools to stay relevant, to improve the planning process, and to offer more accurate results that are vital for decision-making.

training

Over the last four years, GrIDS was able to train more than 300 professionals coming from different sectors in the country. It is one of our goals to capacitate more individuals and teams to mainstream the use of Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing in improving the delivery of our clients’ services to the different communities they serve.

Note: Some of these courses will require extensive storage use while processing your data. Before enrolling in these courses, we recommend that you check first your unit’s processor and storage and see if it is within the suggested specifications so you can run the processes smoothly and efficiently.

  • Basic GIS Training

Be familiarized with the basic concepts and theories of GIS through our Beginners’ Course. Designed from a beginner’s point-of-view, this course provides a step-by-step guide on the fundamental GIS operations that will definitely be useful in your GIS-upskilling journey. This can also serve as a refresher course for those who haven’t been practicing GIS for a long time.

What will you learn:

  • GIS theories and concepts
  • QGIS interface and functionalities
  • Map transformation
  • Georeferencing
  • Digitizing
  • Map Layout
  • Hazard Mapping

With the climate crisis demanding more urgent actions, our team crafted disaster risk-centered training designs that will help our learners perform spatial analysis of existing climate-induced hazards in order to locate vulnerable areas and populations for prioritizing response.

What will you learn:

  • Integrating social data in a hazard map
  • Overlay analysis
  • Hazard-prone area identification
  • Watershed Modeling

Covering exercises on watershed physical characterization and visualization, this course provides the foundational steps in watershed planning and management with the aid of GIS and remote sensing. The use of these technologies enables easier preparation of watershed datasets and improves analysis through modeling.

What will you learn:

  • Watershed data collection and preparation
  • Three-dimensional visualization of watershed
  • Watershed map layout
  • Land Cover Classification

Ready to learn remote sensing? Classifying land cover is one of the most common remote sensing applications and its outputs can serve as baseline information that is significant in different environmental analyses. In this course, you will be introduced to the basic concepts of remote sensing, get familiarized with remotely-sensed data, and be guided step-by-step in acquiring satellite images, pre-processing, and visualization through the application of different spectral indices.

What will you learn:

  • Satellite data acquisition from all available sources
  • Use of different spectral bands
  • Land Cover Change Analysis

Improve your analytical skills with this upgraded version of the Land Cover Classification course. With the incorporation of change detection analysis, participants will be able to identify when and where land cover changes happened, explore possible factors that contribute to the cause, thereby understanding the condition of a study area. This course is useful for environmental planners as it takes into account the past developments to define the current situation and project different future scenarios of proposed developments.

What will you learn:

  • Satellite data acquisition from all available sources
  • Use of different spectral bands
  • Change-detection analysis
  • GEE

Be one step ahead of the game! Google Earth Engine is one of the recent geospatial technology advancements for performing cloud-based environmental data analyses. Through this course, you will be given a brief overview of Earth Engine Code Editor and be familiarized with codes and scripts in performing different spatial analyses.

What will you learn:

  • Satellite data acquisition from all available sources
  • Use of different spectral bands
  • Change-detection analysis
  • Photogrammetry

Learn to process drone-captured images and turn these into a three-dimensional model of your study sites. Processed outputs are helpful in visualizing current situations and in assisting planners in monitoring activities for possible interventions needed.

What will you learn:

  • Satellite data acquisition from all available sources
  • Use of different spectral bands
  • Change-detection analysis
  • Flood Modeling

Knowing the extent and depth of floodwater is not only significant in disaster risk reduction and management but can also aid planners in comprehensive land-use planning — a proactive way of combating the future threats of the climate crisis to communities and local resources. With our course on flood modeling, we will guide you in creating a 3D flood model that will help you visualize flood-affected at varying depths, helping you to make informed decisions.

  • Landslide Modeling
  • CDRA

In support of the DILG’s mandate on mainstreaming climate change adaptation and mitigation in local plans, our team designed this GIS-centered course on Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA). The incorporation of geographic information systems in performing CDRA will enable efficient spatial data collection because GIS is a great platform to collect, store, manage, and analyze data. More so, the fact that it is a vulnerability study, the use of maps will offer better visualizations of the extent of hazard-prone areas, thereby making informed decisions in CLUP formulation.

  • CRVA

Sound decision-making is anchored on evidence-based research. Understanding the vulnerabilities of a certain sector to climate risks is essential to prioritizing areas for inventions. With this course, we’ll help you get familiarized with the whole vulnerability assessment process: from determining exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity, up to identifying and prioritizing areas.

  • CBA

Complementing the results of the CRVA, this training aims to assess which climate-resilient agricultural (CRA) practices would be most profitable for cities/municipalities. We highly encourage LGUs to undertake this activity together with CRVA since investment decisions are crucial to their adaptive capacity.

Can just be a component of Vulnerability Assessment (accdg to Sir Jayson)

VA as an umbrella topic. Subtopics:

– Landslide

– Flood

– Fire

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.”

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Pre-training Assessment
Instruction: On a scale of1 to 10, assess your knowledge and skill level for each topic listed below (1 – lowest; 10 – highest).

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.”

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.

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”

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.” -

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.”

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