Capitol receives detailed map from agency

THE Asia Foundation unveiled and turned over to Capitol yesterday the Cebu road network map, a geographic information system (GIS)-based map complete with information on all types of roads from barangay to national roads in all 51 local government units (LGU) of Cebu.

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III, upon receiving the map, said in his speech that the road network map will be a tool in formulating the Provincial Development Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP) and Provincial Development Plan.

The project’s name is “Coordinating Roads and Infrastructure Investments for Development” (CR+ID) initiated by the Australian Aid and implemented by the Asia Foundation.

Interactive

In the ceremonial turnover, The Asia Foundation turned over to Davide the road network map, Cebu map on a tarpaulin.

“It is an interactive (computer software) map, when you press a particular road, important data will pop up,” said Shemer Lev Pagusara, Planning Officer 1 of the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO).

Its purpose, Rene Sanapo said, is to rationalize the way investments are being made on the road.

Simply put, The Asia Foundation specialist said that with the use of GIS-based road network map, stakeholders will identify which roads are being funded by local government and which ones are maintained by national agencies.

“This will enable stakeholders to lobby the funding of strategic roads and infrastructure investments and their inclusion in the local goverment’s investment plan,” read the forum’s rationale.

The computer software application map, Pagusara said, uses value chain analysis (VCA) with the private sectors to identify strategic interconnected road links, within the province regardless of classification, which are most often used in transporting goods and people.

The road network map is a vital tool of LGU planners, investors, and businessmen to have a clear view of the access road they wish to use in their business, said Sanapo.

Pagusara said municipal planners are already ordering this computer software application map even before yesterday’s turnover.

Yesterday’s Cebu Roads and Infrastructure Investment Forum was organized by Capitol to bring together Australian Aid.

Rationale

The Asia Foundation explained the GIS-based map rationale, with the assistance of the recipient LGU, Capitol’s Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO).

Present in yesterday’s forum were representatives from the Australian Embassy, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Agriculture, Department of Tourism, Cebu Ports Authority and CR+ID project Regional Director May Elizabeth Ybañez and through its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry past president Lito Maderazo.

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