Butuan City, Philippines: The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga region will launch Regional Geographic Information System (GIS) Centre in Butuan City, Philippines, on March 22.
According to Carmencita S. Cochingco, Regional Director, NEDA-Caraga, socio-economic planning agency of the region and the secretariat of the Regional Development Council (RDC) will spearhead the institutionalisation of GIS in the region. It aims to support effective planning and resource allocation and management, policy making, decision making, investment programming and monitoring and evaluation of socio-economic and environmental initiatives.
This initiative will further strengthen the linkage between the NEDA, regional line agencies, academe, local government units and other stakeholders through data/information exchange, Cochingco added.
The establishment was made possible through the assistance of Korea Overseas Volunteers (KOVs) and equipment support from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). KOICA will provide funds for the procurement of a plotter, a large format scanner, GPS and GIS software.