Last April 18 and 19, 2016, the Geosciences Division of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) -  MIMAROPA conducted a two-day seminar/workshop on “Basic Features and Functionality of ArcGIS” including an overview of its geological application. Facilitating the workshop activities were Supervising Geologist, Mr. Arnold A. Villanueva, and GIS specialist, Edgardo G. Peña, Jr. Participants included newly-hired geologists, research specialists and mining engineers of MGB-MIMAROPA, and student trainees from Partido State University (in Bicol), Adamson University, and Technological University of the Philippines.

The workshop introduced the three (3) components of ArcGIS, namely: ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and Arctoolbox. During the first day exercise, participants were taught how to create, display and analyze geospatial data using the ArcGIS 10.1 software. Other activities involved inputting spatial data through geo-referencing and digitizing scanned maps or images (from raster format to vector format) to form a specific geodatabase. 

At the end of the workshop, the participants were required to produce maps, edit data in the maps, and use other graphic displays of geographic information for presentation purposes. The final activity involved layouting of maps using spatial data from the created geodatabase.

The two-day activity concluded with the awarding of certificates by the Regional Director, Mr. Roland A. De Jesus, to the participants. This seminar/workshop is intended to provide young professionals and students a foundation in ArcGIS, which they could certainly apply in future works.