The Regional Geographic Information Network (RGIN) IX launched the RGIN IX Geoportal on 8 December 2022 in Zamboanga City. The event was conducted during the 2022 Regional Science and Technology Week Celebration with the theme: Agham at Teknolohiya: Kabalikat sa Maunlad at Matatag na Kinabukasan.
The RGIN IX Geoportal is a web-based information system designed for efficient access and sharing of maps and spatial data and information within the network The system also serves as an online repository of available maps and geospatial data in the region.
Present during the launching were RGIN IX Chairperson Phlorita A. Ridao, Regional Director of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) IX, RGIN IX Co-Chairperson Martin A. Wee, Regional Director of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) IX, OIC-Director Roland P. Eta of Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) IX, and representatives from member government agencies, local government units and academe.
Regional Director Dionesio C. Ledres, Jr. of NEDA 2 gave his message of support to RGIN IX. Director Ledres committed to provide continued support to and partnership with RGIN IX in making the Geoportal a useful and innovative tool in all development efforts in Region IX.
Regional Director Virginia G. Bilgera of DOST 2 also extended full support to RGIN IX through a video message.
One of the highlights of the activity was the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on data sharing agreeement within RGIN IX which was participated by Director Wee and Director Eta. The MOU signifies the commitment of RGIN IX and its members on the sharing, proper utilization, and management of maps, spatial data and other information shared to the RGIN IX Geoportal. Other members also signed the pledge of commitment and gave messages of support in strengthening the geographic information network of the region.
Director Ridao, during her message, highlighted geospatial information as a vital tool in development.
“We are confident that as we work together, to operationalize the RGIN Geoportal, we will develop much more evidence-based plans that are responsive to the needs and aspirations of our constituents in building a progressive Zamboanga Peninsula.” she said. The establishment of RGIN IX emanated from the partnership between DOST and NEDA which took off from RGIN in Region 2. Then NEDA Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua and DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña signed the Memorandum of Agreement on 08 September 2021 during the national launching of the project. Region IX is one of the identified pilot regions to replicate RGIN Innovation Hub and RGIN Geoportal.