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Korea promotes GIS in Philippines

Philippines: The Korean Overseas International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is set to release USD 50,000 for the National Economic Development Authority’s (NEDA) project on the institutionalisation of Regional Geographic Information System Network (RGISN) in Caraga, Philippines.

This decision was taken after a meeting between KOICA’s Resident Representative Jinoh Kim and NEDA Regional Director Carmencita S. Cochingco. In the meeting, the project was presented by Eun Sun Jang, a Korean Overseas Volunteer (KOV) specialising in GIS assigned to NEDA Caraga since November 2008.

Kim expressed KOICA’s interest in establishing a direct and substantial collaboration with NEDA since Korea is one of those countries consistently providing aid to the Philippines, Cochingco said. Further, she added that the Caraga Region is also the focus of KOICA assistance, where 14 KOVs are currently deployed.

“As socio-economic planning agency of the region and the secretariat of the Regional Development Council (RDC), the NEDA Caraga will be spearheading the institutionalisation of GIS in the region as support mechanism for effective planning and resource allocation and management, policy making, decision making, investment programming and monitoring and evaluation of socio-economic and environmental initiatives, programmes and projects,” she said.

Source: Manila Bulletin