NEDA 3 staff were trained on the use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone last May 26.  The training was conducted by Certeza Infosys Corporation along the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) in Tarlac City.

The activity is part of the on-going impact evaluation study for SCTEX which started in July 2020 and is expected to be completed this July.  A more comprehensive in-house training will be conducted in June.

Drones have many functions and can be used in different events to show aerial views.  For monitoring, it can capture not just aerial views of a project but also inaccessible areas.

While they are relatively expensive, a lot of resources can be saved eventually in the use of drones or UAVs. In owning a drone, one need not to acquire other equipment in monitoring unreachable areas. In terms of monitoring large scale areas such as National Greening Program and other big ticket projects of the government, the drone can efficiently perform it in a short time.

For NEDA, UAV is important as it can be utilized in generating maps for the formulation of plans and studies and most especially in project monitoring.

 by Roi Francis A. Sagum/NEDA 3