In Mindanao, the topographic maps at a scale of 1:50,000 produced in the 1950s are still used as base maps for regional planning and infrastructure development.
In the Philippines, the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (hereinafter referred to as “NAMRIA”) is responsible for producing, updating, and distributing topographic maps. The Authority has the potential of carrying out the tasks; however, because of shortage of funds and human resources, the potential has not realized to update the topographic maps in Mindanao. The delay has been affecting various planning and development activities: road; disaster prevention mitigation; environmental management; social services; and so forth.
In order to cope with the situation, th e Government of the Republic of Philippines (hereinafter referred to as “GOP”) requested to conduct a digital mapping project at a scale of 1:50,000 in Mindanao to become the basic information for development planning and implementation in the Mindanao regions to the Government of Japan (hereinafter referred to as “GOJ”).
In response to the request GOJ has conducted a preliminary study in December 2009. On January 11, 2010, both parties have signed the Implementation Arrangement to conduct the “Project on Topographic Mapping for Peace and Development in Mindanao (hereinafter referred to as “the Project”).
|Source Institution||Japan International Cooperation Agency|
|Place of Publication||Metro Manila|
|Original Publication Date||February 1, 2013|