Thirty - (30) technical personnel from the Community and Environment and Natural Resource Offices (CENROs) and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Office (PENRO) in Talibon and Tagbilaran, Bohol participated in the ‘Learning Event on the Analysis of Watershed Characterization Data and Vulnerability Assessment of Loboc Watershed.’ Said activity held last May 31 - June 2, 2017 at the Reynas Haven Hotel in Tagbilaran City, Bohol aimed at providing technical assistance to the Community Development Units of PENRO/CENRO Bohol for the proper implementation of the project, “Watershed Characterization and Vulnerability Assessment of Loboc Watershed.”

During the project implementation, the DENR field office particularly CENRO Tagbilaran, recognized the technology gaps especially on data analysis and the vulnerability assessment of watershed. Hence, CENRO Tagbilaran organized the said learning event to capacitate field offices including personnel from PENRO Bohol and CENRO Talibon.

Tapped as resource persons to provide technical inputs were Mr. Reynaldo L. Lanuza and Ms. Chona M. Tura, of the Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetland and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC). BCWERC’s technical assistance focused on capacitating the PENRO and CENRO Bohol project staff on data analysis for the preparation of the watershed characterization report and the conduct of vulnerability assessment.

Highlights of the discussion and workshop sessions were on the analysis of the watershed data and using the QGIS Software for the Geographic Information System (GIS)-assisted approach in vulnerability assessment. Other topics discussed were on the basic concepts of the GIS-assisted Approach in Assessing Vulnerabilities of Watersheds and Small Islands, Hazard Identification and Critical Factor Analysis, and Introduction to Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Participants also had an opportunity to apply their leanings through hands-on exercises.

The Loboc Watershed Characterization and Vulnerability Assessment project covers the entire Loboc Watershed with an approximate area of 67,000 hectares situated within the political jurisdiction of 14 municipalities in the Province of Bohol. Loboc River is the main tributary of the watershed, which is one of the major tourist destinations of Bohol.