Empowering the Regional Project Implementers and Data Collectors on the management and utilization of Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM), the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office I through its Research and Development Division conducted a Regional Retooling on PRISM held at the Hotel Ariana, Bauang, La Union on May 22-26, 2017.
Aimed at equipping the participants on the management and utilization of PRISM for monitoring rice growth and assessing damage to rice crops in the Region, the training program was participated in by around 31 data collectors in Region I.
Online and mobile system on data management were thoroughly discussed while updated protocols and forms for monitoring and crop health assessment were elaborated to prepare the participants on their next move for the upcoming CY 2017 wet cropping season. Actual testing and exercises were done to familiarize them on the analytics portal interface and functionalities, necessary for data management and monitoring.
Likewise, field data gathered and submitted during the previous season were reviewed to identify lapses/gaps that should be avoided.
Six (6) Resource Persons from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) facilitated the activity together with the Regional PRISM Focal Persons Ms. Editha Estacio and Ms. Marivic Begonia.
To sustain their acquired knowledge on the retooling activity, pre-season visits to the PRISM monitoring fields will start tentatively on June 8, June 19, and June 29 (2) in Bantay, Bangar, San Manuel and Batac, respectively. Satellite images acquisition dates that should coincide with the monitoring visits are the following dates: June 5, 17, 29, July 11, 23, August 4, 16 and 28, 2017.
PRISM is a monitoring technology that uses remote sensing, crop modelling, cloud computing, and smart phone-based surveys that provides reliable information based on satellite data and ground observations. A very useful tool for decision makers, farmers, AEWs and project implementers to prepare for and mitigate the effect of recurring disasters, this technology with an aid of smartphone application helps improve program implementation by carrying out appropriate interventions to the right beneficiaries, at the right place and at the right time.