Issue of June 11, 2017
Mt. Province

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DILG, NAMRIA sign MOA on use of geospatial data for planning
by DILG release

The Department of the Interior and Local Government has taken steps to enhance the capability of local government units in planning and building roads with the use of geospatial data from the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (Namria).

DILG OIC Catalino S. Cuy said the agency has recently signed a memorandum of agreement with Namria that will give LGUs access to geospatial data and maps which can be used to help LGUs on better road network development.

Cuy said Namria’s Unified Mapping Project (UMP) maps will particularly be useful for the implementation of the DILG’s Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) which entails road repairs, rehabilitation, and improvement of provincial road networks.

“Local governments will need sound planning as they build roads and other infrastructure. With this agreement, LGUs will be better guided on actual land usage and even on disaster risk reduction and management,” he said.

The UMP aims to provide detailed, up-to-date, reliable, and accurate geospatial information so as to address the need of the government for a basic reference in planning and decision making.

The MOA indicates the responsibilities of Namria which entail giving access to all relevant data and information to the LGUs when requested, providing technical assistance in the conduct of training workshop to the LGUs, and promoting the exchange and build-up of information and database on roads between Namria and LGUs through the DILG.

The DILG is in charge of disseminating information to the LGUs of the available services and standard geospatial data for their road network development planning, facilitate the access of UMP data from Namria, and provide necessary technical assistance to the LGUs in the formulation of their road network development plan.

DILG Usec. Austere A. Panadero, the agreement between the Department and Namria is significant in so far as helping the provinces improve their Provincial Road Network Development Plan.

“We are glad to have this agreement as this (map) is really critical to LGU planning. It ensures that sound investment decisions are made. We are truly thankful for the opportunity to form this partnership (with NAMRIA) as well as to improve the way planning is done on the ground,” Panadero said.

He said that while road mapping is the entry point, the MOA will benefit other critical local government planning activities such as disaster risk reduction planning and comprehensive land use plans.

Namria Director Ruel Belen of the Mapping and Geodesy Branch said, “Slowly but surely we’re getting there. We have to fast track the [completion and] implementation of the UMP to meet with the requirements of our stakeholders.”

“Even though the coverage of this project is road network, we at NAMRIA are ready to provide any assistance and data to the LGUs because the LGUs are the real recipients of the maps that we are producing,” Belen added.

The partnership was forged through the facilitation of Coordinating Roads and Infrastructure Investments for Development project under the Coalitions for Change program of the Australian Government and The Asia Foundation, in support of the advancement of the DILG’s reform targets on Local Road Management and Namria’s effort to disseminate standard geospatial data as reference for local government planning.

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