San Fernando,Philippines: San Fernando city in Philippines unveiled its ICT master-plan for 2012-2016 last week under which it will implement a centralised GIS in three phases and with an overall budget of PHP 34 million (USD 792,000).
“We have an existing GIS which allow users to see vectors and other related topographic detail. However, much of the information has not been updated since it was installed in 2003. There is now a real need to update it,” explained Dexter Dancel, MIS Manager of the city government.
Phase 1 aims to integrate various application systems such as real property tax system, business permits, executive information systems, and billing and tax collection system in a GIS. Any update on those aforementioned applications will be automatically seen in the city’s maps.
Phase 2 consists of the implementation of a Barangay (Village) Information Management System which will enable users to see particular details about public services in a specific area such as, the members of the households, health concerns in the area such as outbreaks of diseases, and malnutrition levels. The budget for Phase 2 is PHP10 million (US$230,600).
Lastly, Phase 3 will be centred on the updating of satellite imagery and maps of San Fernando, with a budget of PHP 12 million (US$277, 900).