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NAMRIA implements RP-Japan map project for Mindanao

Koronadal City (18 August) -- The National Mapping and Resources Information Authority (NAMRIA), an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), is implementing a digital topographic mapping project for Mindanao expected to bring about socio-economic and peace development in the region.

"The project is not only expected to result in socio-economic and peace development in the region but also serves as a commitment for the first 100 days of President Benigno S. Aquino III," DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje said.

Dubbed "Topographic Mapping for Peace and Development in Mindanao," the undertaking is a two-year joint project of Philippine and Japanese governments being financed through a grant of 1 Billion Yen (about PhP 300 million) from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Paje said the project aims to update the 205 topographic base maps covering Mindanao at 1:50,000 scale. The project also aims to provide base data necessary for development planning, infrastructure development, risk reduction and management, and environmental protection of the environment.

Under the project's implementation agreement signed on January 2010, JICA shall dispatch a project team and transfer technology to the Philippines while NAMRIA and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will facilitate the project involvement of other government and non-government organizations.

Paje said that under the project, JICA, who has now set up an office in Mindanao, will subcontract the survey activities to private contractors while NAMRIA will monitor the activities.

"Data gathered from the survey activities will be endorsed to JICA for processing. Outputs of the project include reports, satellite images, ortho-image maps, ground control point coordinates, and 1:50,000 scale digital topographic data for geographic information system (GIS) application which will be distributed to local government units. These will serve as base information data that will help developers in their development projects in the region," Paje said. (DENR XII/PIA SarGen) [top]

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