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February 19th, 2013
The Ilocos Region of the Philippines Receives First Regional GIS Center

“This serves as a repository of geographic information and other resources which the agency and its partners can use for crafting plans and policies in pursuit of regional development,” said John F. Gagucas, of NEDA.

The GIS integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. 

For governments, the system uses a combination of internet and GIS to create a more effective governance. The combination of readily available Internet access and maps is defining a new level of service for governments to both business and the public. 

Initially, government web sites delivered little more than phone numbers and mission statements. 

GIS has helped government Web sites become a tool for collaboration, communication and service. GIS-enabled Web sites can provide services like online booking, fee payment, and application submission that were not previously available. 

NEDA will tap the expertise of the region’s GIS pool of experts, local government units and schools to provide technical assistance on GIS mapping and answer the GIS needs the general public. 

According to Gagucas, they will consolidate maps from the four Ilocos provinces based on their enhanced provincial physical framework plans including the disaster risk and vulnerability assessment report which, in turn, will be used to update the regional physical framework plan. 

He said the maps will be included in the GIS database for the planning and other related intents of various stakeholders. 

Meanwhile, Juan B. Ngalob, NEDA Director for the Ilocos, said the authority had crafted a three year-plan for the full operationalization of the center.