Capitol, Asia Foundation unveils Cebu GIS road map

The Cebu Provincial Government is taking advantage of emerging technology and opportunities to execute a well-defined strategy needed to make the vision for Cebu happen.

Aligned with this action, Governor Hilario P. Davide III received a geographical information system (GIS)-based Cebu Road map, a comprehensive information on all types of roads from barangay to national roads of all 51 local government units (LGUs) of Cebu.

Asia Foundation turned this over to the governor on June 9 at the Capitol Social Hall as part of its aim to heed the call for broader private sector engagement, sustained economic growth, and inclusive development.

Launched in 2014, “Coordinating Roads & Infrastructure Investments for Development” (CR+ID) project was implemented by Asia Foundation with the support of the Australian Government through the Coalition for Change (CFC) Program.

Cebu Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (CCCI) collaborated with the Cebu Provincial Government in identifying strategic roads and infrastructure investments to improve the delivery of people, goods and services in select and key economic drivers in Cebu Province.

“The CR+ID project could open the possibility of establishing a community-owned tourism enterprise, a seaport, a new center of commerce or a farming community or offer a more efficient connection between towns and communities, between production, processing and consumption, between people,” Davide said.

CR+ID enhances road investments through the use of value chain analysis (VCA) in identifying strategic road links (SRLs). SRLs are interconnected roads that often used in transporting goods, services, and people.

_MG_6318CRID sets on private sector-local government partnerships with support from national agencies to help mobilize resources or funding for identified priority road network vital for the local economy.

“The GIS Cebu road map is now ready for review and can be used as basis for investments planning and program,” Antonio M. Chu of CCCI said.

“This is a wonderful tool for us among those that are included there are the types of roads, the conditions of roads, among others,” PPDO head Chris Lucero said.

Six economic drivers of Cebu province is shipbuilding, tourism, furniture, gifts, toys and housewares, poultry and livestock, agro fishery and high valued crops.

“We want the public to have a stronger appreciation of the project and see that this is a helpful tool for decision making. Specifically, the sectors involved are heavy industry who are focused on ship building, tourism,  agro-fishery livestock and high value stock production,” Lucero said.

The maps are now available at the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO).

“So there will be no more duplication, there will be a lot of implementation; there will be no lack of synergy but a lot of resources,” CR+ID Project Regional Coordinator May Ybañez added.

Officials and representatives from the various organizations present at the forum were from the Australian Embassy, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Agriculture, Department of Tourism, National Economic Development Authority, Cebu Ports Authority and CR+ID project Regional Director May Elizabeth Ybañez and through its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and several local chief executives. Heart Rizarri