Lingayen – Disaster management-useful technology GeoCloud Integrated Geographic Information System (GIS) is all set for its pilot run in the country on November 9 in partnership with the Province of Pangasinan and three other local government units within the province.
The project steering committee bared this on its first meeting last July 26 at the Pangasinan Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Operations Center here.
In the verification survey conference among team members, project team leader Noriaki Ishibashi from the Geocloud developer, Informatix Incorporated, said that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded project is hitting target dates leading to the 10-month formal run with full-blown operation following afterwards.
“I am confident that this would be a success with the active participation of the local government units (LGU) involved especially the provincial government,” he said.
Ishibashi noted that Pangasinan, among other provinces in the country, is the most ideal model to run the technology owing to its being disaster-prone balanced by its cooperative, skilled personnel and administration, under Gov. Amado “Pogi” I. Espino, III, who play crucial part in the continuity of the project.
Through the Japanese Geocloud system, LGUs can access, utilize and disseminate crucial data resulting in a more comprehensive disaster risk reduction and management in all of its phases – preparedness, response and rehabilitation.
Aside from the provincial government, the coastal city and towns of Dagupan, Lingayen and Binmaley have also been chosen as recipients of this first-of-its-kind Integrated GIS venture in the country.
JICA-local partner Philippine National Information Technology Standards Foundation (PhilNITS), which provides technical assistance in rendering outputs using the GeoCloud tools, is set to complete map arrangement by August and installation of hardware and software in the four LGUs this September.
A three-part training is also scheduled for the respective LGUs’ Integrated GIS personnel in handling the system: the first part, this October 3-14; and the third part, June 14-18 next year. The second part will take place in Japan this November for a study of three cities there where the use of Integrated GIS have long been established.
Separate workshops on data summarization and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM), both using the system, are set on February 12 and on May 15, respectively.
Comprising the steering committee are: Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services, Office of Civil Defense-Region 1, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Information and Communications Technology, PhilNITS, CTI Engineering International Corporation, Ltd., the LGUs of Dagupan City, Binmaley, Lingayen and the Provincial Government of Pangasinan, with Col. Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro sitting as the deputy project leader.
/Rex Marion C. Laguerta