DAGUPAN CITY – The city government of Dagupan is one of the three Local Government Units in Pangasinan chosen by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as recipient of an Integrated Geographic Information System (GIS) that could help enhance the city’s disaster risk reduction and management capability. The other LGUs are Binmaley and Lingayen.
In a launching ceremony at Urduja House, Capitol Grounds in Lingayen on March 31, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez gladly welcomed the project dubbed as GeoCloud Project.
GeoCloud is computer software developed in Japan mainly for users in the governmental organization and LGUs to utilize maps and information managed comprehensively.
The GeoCloud allows LGUs and the province of Pangasinan tp draw input information on the digital map, link images and documents on the map, edit and update data, allows other users to share the data, analyze the date geographically, print edited maps and maintain the system only on the server side.
Fernandez said that the city is truly blessed to have the project which will upgrade the city’s disaster risk reduction and management response capability along with other LGUs.
“We are thankful to Japan International Cooperation Agency for choosing our city as one of the three Local Government Units in Pangasinan along with Binmaley and Lingayen to be the recipient of their newest technology on Integrated Geographic Information System (GIS) products for the improvement of our disaster risk reduction and management,” said Fernandez.
“Since day one of our term as city mayor we have always been concerned on how to keep our city and our city mates safe from the effects of climate change. This is why we equipped our City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) with new equipment and gadgets so we can save the lives of our people in times of calamities and disasters.
We have also created the PARMC to compensate the operation of our CDRRMO. With this technology from Japan, we can upgrade our response capability in disasters and calamities and at the same time we can use the same for our city planning and assets valuation,” said Fernandez. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)