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Virtual library eyed for Davao Region

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (24 June) -- The House of Representatives, local government units, and regional line agencies in the Davao Region are putting in P5 million to come up with a virtual library, formally dubbed as Davao Region Geographic Information Network (DR-GIN).

Stakeholders signed a Memorandum of Agreement yesterday that would provide up-to-date resource information about Davao Region and its localities.

The virtual library is primarily aimed to promote local and regional development through information sharing.

It specifically addresses issues relating to data gaps, duplicating data for specific indicators, and other issues that spring up due to faulty information.

However, the virtual library can only effectively operate as desired if all members in the network could convene and unify the regions major data sources.

This required other government agencies like DOST, DA, CHED, DENR, DOF, DOH, DILG, DOLE, DSWD, DTI, and others even including the private sector, the academe and the ICT to take part in the gathering and consolidating of information.

"This project is expected to facilitate the promotion of the region's localities for trade, investment and tourism and cater to the needs of the private sector for business planning and research," said NEDA XI regional director Maria Lourdes Lim.

The Davao Region's virtual library will be able to provide geo-referenced information about the region's geophysical characteristics, demographic and socio-economic performance, business prospects and others.

The virtual library can be of a big help as it aids in the generation of information needs of political leaders for more efficient planning, policy formulation and service edelivery.

It could also be the answer to the professional and business information needs of the private sector for research, business planning, and investment.

The P5 million funds will cover the software, hardware, manpower requirements, and operational requirements of the network for two years.

To make it sustainable, the network plans to expand its operations by providing other IT services for a fee such as web hosting, web mail, teleconferencing, online advertisements, among others. (PIA XI) [top]

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