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Philippines assesses preparedness for climate change

Tuguegarao City, Philippines: The Regional Geographic Information Network (RGIN), Philippines, reviewed the proposed data standards and data policy of the Climate Change and Risk Reduction Information Support System Project (CRISP). It will be presented at the RGIN meeting on January 27, 2012 and to the Regional Development Council in its 2012 1st Quarter Meeting for final approval and adoption.
During the review, the explored the immediate necessity of data during natural calamities and the cost of sustaining the system as factors to consider in the proposed sharing policy. The members also suggested to include the guidelines on data updating, uploading and deleting as well as the distribution and regulation of such to third parties.
All recommendations will be incorporated in the Operations Manual of the system. The CRISP, a joint undertaking of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United States Agency for International Development (AusAID) and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), is a web-based information system that aims to establish a databank in support to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (CCA-DRR).
The implementation of the project is expected to run starting first quarter of next year. The CRISP will be adapted in all regions after its successful piloting region 2. According to NEDA Knowledge Management Division Chief Ronilo H. Bulseco, the three cities in the region, Tuguegarao, Cauayan and Santiago shall also be encouraged to become part of the RGIN and they shall also be briefed on the project for wider and more accurate information system in local development planning.
Source: www.pia.gov.ph