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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Olongapo picked as pioneer LGU in use of high-tech GIS in land-asset management

OLONGAPO CITY — The high-technology Geographic Information System (GIS) will be used as part of measures to provide innovative land and asset management here in a bid to attain broadbased economic growth.

During a media briefing, Olongapo City Mayor James "Bong" Gordon Jr. said that the city will be the pioneer local government unit (LGU) identified by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) to use GIS.

"This project could stimulate investments by improving the property rights environment for both public and private sector development," Gordon said shortly after signing a memorandum of agreement (MoA) for a R7-million grant of AusAID.

The Australian government is co-financing the Land Administration and Management Project (LAMP) with the World Bank through the Innovation Support Fund (ISF) in the cooperation of the Department of Finance.

Gordon said that the AusAID project will define the role of the city in the integrated economic development program in Central Luzon with the completion of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac expressway scheduled by November next year.

Gordon said that Olongapo will further improve its own land administration and management (LAM) through the development and installation of a unified land information system.

The system would harmonize various data and information on all parcels and areas of land in the city and would facilitate and accelerate decision making and adjudication processes among the LAM agencies.

LAM agencies involve in the project are the office of City Assessor, Treasurer, Business Permit and Licensing, Register of Deeds, and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).

LAM agencies operating in the city will be installed with an internet system and will be trained in the use and operations of the GIS.

To complement the development and utilization of the GIS, full and contiguous index mapping will be developed to unify the data and information of the participating LAM agencies.

"Eventually the project aims to establish a real time unified land information system to revitalize the land use planning program and further increase the city’s revenue," City Planning and Development head Architect Tony-Kar M. Balde III said.

Balde added that the project would also eliminate unnecessary procedures and would greatly reduce the cost and time for all LAM transactions that would also strengthen land tenure security.

Australia’s aid program to the Philippines aims to advance the interests of both Australia and the Philippines by contributing growth, sustainable development and stability in the Philippines.

Australian assistance to the Philippines is likewise geared towards strengthening economic governance, promoting security and stability, and improving rural living standards.
By JONAS REYES - Manila Bulletin


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