Aquino bares plans for comprehensive mapping system

PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III bared plans to come up with a project concerning the
creation of a comprehensive three dimensional (3D) map of the whole country that will
help concerned government agencies in their efforts to avert possible damage to lives and
properties in times of calamities.

In his keynote speech during the inauguration of the Improved Agno River Basin Flood
Forecasting and Warning System (FFWS) and Agno River Flood Forecasting and Warning
Center (FFWC) in Pangasinan, Aquino said that studies are underway for the proposed
creation of the one-billion peso 3D mapping system of the Philippines that will give a broader
geographical view for various government agencies on the different parts of the country that
will eventually assist them in flood forecasting and damage assessment for a more effective
approach in times of calamities.

The Chief Executive noted that the Philippines is a geo-hazard area with 66 provinces on
threat especially in times of calamities, which justifies the said allocation to ensure averting
possible devastating effects of various types of calamities.

President Aquino stressed that the project aims to protect and save lives of the people
including their properties and livelihood.

The President commended the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and its
leadership and untiring efforts in developing programs for the benefit of the country and the
people. (PCOO)

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