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Philippines’ city to update land use plan via GIS

Philippines: The city government of Butuan and Caraga State University (CSU) have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to conduct comprehensive land administration and information management of the city of Butuan using GIS technology.

The output will be needed in updating the Comprehansive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of the city.

The partnership is necessary in updating the city’s CLUP as it would lead to a more accurate projection and preparation of the city’s disaster risk reduction plan and climate change adaptation programme. One of the requirements in updating the CLUP is the inclusion of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) projections and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) programs.

As indicated in the MOA, it is necessary to quantify the risk coverage in the localities of the city to achieve an effective priority-setting of resources in mitigating risks during calamities. The combination of the Real Property Units and its basic information laid over the base map of the city is an effective strategy in containing the DRR and CCA requirements of the CLUP.

According to Vice Mayor Lawrence “Law” Fortun, this MOA is vital as the city government is embarking on updating its CLUP over a three-year period. Fortun added that the CLUP will attract investors as this is one of the aspects being looked into before an investor comes in.

Source: PIA