3.20.2011

PIA News Service - Sunday, March 20, 2011

MOA signing and launching of the RGISN set in Butuan

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 20 -- National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga will launch its Regional Geographic Information System Center (RGISC) on March 22.

The RGISC promotes Geographic Information System (GIS) as a tool for effective planning, decision-making, policy formulation, investment programming and monitoring and evaluation for sustainable development of Caraga Region. 

Specifically, the RGISC shall continuously build and improve the NEDA Caraga GIS Center in terms of hardware, software, technical skills and data capture (spatial and non-spatial). As the hub of GIS-based data from LGUs, RLAs, NGOs, academe and other stakeholders, the center serves as a one-stop shop of data needs of donors, tourists, researchers, planners, students and the communities. Processing and integration of data from various databases on peace and development through GIS-generated maps will be among the services of the RGISC.

Through the Regional Development Council (RDC) Caraga Resolution No. 23, series of 2009, the Regional Geographic Information System Network (RGISN) was established to encourage geographic data sharing and integration among government, private and academic institutions.

After the launch, there will be a signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by the Governors, City Mayors, Directors of Regional Line Agencies, Presidents of the State Colleges and Universities and Heads of Higher Education Institutions on the operationalization of the Caraga Regional GIS Network (RGISN) of the Regional Development Council (RDC).

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) through the Korea Overseas Volunteers (KOVs) deployed to NEDA Caraga, extended equipment assistance for the RGISC, particularly the 42” width HP Designjet 4020 plotter, 42” width Graphtec CS510 Pro scanner, HP Proliant ML110 G6 computer server, GeoXM 2008 Series Trimble GPS and Garmin Colorado GPS. The establishment of the RGISN web-portal rgisn-caraga.neda.gov.ph was also achieved through the expert assistance of the Korea Overseas Volunteers, Jang EunSun and Lee JongSeok.

With the web launching of the RGISN and the MOA signing among stakeholders, collaboration through data sharing is expected to boost development of Caraga Region. (Mitchell C. Castillon/PIA-Caraga)