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Updated maps of Mindanao to be completed soon

Philippines: After a series of validation work that spanned two years, the updated maps of Mindanao that will replace those half a century old versions are set for roll out this year, according to the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

In a recent meeting of the Technical Coordinating Committee for the Mindanao Topographic Mapping Project for Peace and Development, the newly developed topographic maps of Mindanao were presented for final validation by stakeholders.

A joint undertaking of MinDA, National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (Namria) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), the project is designed to produce 1:50,000-scale Mindanao topographic maps, replacing the 1:200,000-scale maps developed in 1960s.

“These updated maps are crucial for our planning and programming of strategic and sustainable peace and development initiatives across the island,” Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, Minda chair, said.

Antonino stressed that such maps are essential tools for ensuring integrated Mindanao action on disaster planning and management, land use planning, urban planning, environment management, and socio-economic planning.

“The final outputs of the topographic mapping project can be used to improve and protect the lives and properties of the people in Mindanao through accurate and integrated planning,” added Kazunobu Kamimura of the Jica Project team.

Government agencies and local government units (LGUs) in Mindanao that were provided with pre-final copies of the maps are expected to submit their revisions to MinDA before final production. Distribution of final copies to all stakeholders is expected for completion by March next year.

“This will not stop at 1:50,000. There are plans for a larger scale of the maps, but we are taking it one step at a time,” Namria director Ruel Belen said.

Source: SunStar