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Mapping island for socio-economic development

Philippines: In a bid to make the island of Mindanao more progressive, developed and peaceful, a two-year P300 million joint project of the Philippine and Japanese governments, “Topographic Mapping for Peace and Development in Mindanao,” is being set for the southern island. The project will be undertaken by the National Mapping and Resources Information Authority (NAMRIA), an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippines.

The project is being financed through a grant by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). NAMRIA will be implementing a digital topographic mapping project for Mindanao expected to bring about socio-economic and peace development in the region. “The project is not only expected to result in socio-economic and peace development in the region but also serves as a commitment for the first 100 days of President Benigno S. Aquino III,” said DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje.

Paje said the project aims to update the 205 topographic base maps covering Mindanao at 1:50,000 scale. The project also aims to provide data necessary for development planning, infrastructure development, risk reduction and management, and environmental protection. Paje also said that under the project, JICA, who has now set up an office in Mindanao, will subcontract the survey activities to private contractors while NAMRIA will monitor the activities.

“Data gathered from the survey activities will be endorsed to JICA for processing. Outputs of the project include reports, satellite images, ortho-image maps, ground control point coordinates, and 1:50,000 scale digital topographic data for GIS application which will be distributed to local government units. These will serve as base information data that will help developers in their development projects in the region,” added Paje.

Source: Manila Bulletin