December 2, 2015
Microtel, UP Techno Hub, Q.C.
The members of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) presented the final output of their project entitled “Establishment of an Integrated 3D GIS-Based Water Resources Management Information System in the Provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan” to the National Water Resources Board and various stakeholders.
Nicknamed as Water Philippines GIS Project, the Korean government-assisted venture aims to automate the analysis, monitoring and over-all management of water resources in the pilot areas of Bulacan and Pampanga. The project provides real-time data, exact location information, analysis and design of consumption pattern, spatial simulation and selection of suitable water resources locations. Among the most significant features of the project is the monitoring of Ipo, Bustos and Angat dams.
NWRB Executive Director Sevillo D. David Jr. stated that the once farfetched project is now being realized with the technical and financial assistance provided by KOICA. It has conducted series of local and international capacity-building activities to selected representatives of NWRB, NIA, PAGASA, CPF, NAMRIA, UP DREAM Program, MWSS, LWUA and BRS. Aside from trainings, KOICA also afforded the IT facilities at the Data Center of NWRB.
Although the primary objective of the Water Philippines GIS Project is to aid NWRB in its water resources management function, its feature on the automation of the water permitting system is a salient component of the project. Applicants from different parts of the country will be able to apply their water permits online once the project is fully implemented. Climate change was also factored in the project. The Philippine weather bureau, PAGASA, can use the system in identifying possible inundated zones in the surrounding areas of Pampanga and Bulacan once the dams overflow due to excessive rains.
The application and use of the project is more important than its construction said Prof. Myunghee Jo, CEO of GEO C&I. She hopes that the users will sustainably utilize the system to determine its effectiveness and improvement needs. She promised to continue assisting NWRB in the project through human capacity training until the users become experts of the system. Prof. Jo aspires to expand the project coverage to the whole country.
The Water Philippines GIS Project benefits the public through the availability of selected useful information in the system. It will be accessible online through the NWRB website www.nwrb.gov.ph link.