MANILA, Jan. 30 – The Philippines has very good prospects in implementing and adopting geographic information systems (GIS), according to Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) founder Jack Dangermond.
During the recently concluded ESRI Asia Pacific Conference at the EDSA Shangri-la, Dangermond noted the larger, agency-wide implementations of GIS in areas of local government, agriculture, natural resources, public works and electric transmission.
GIS is a technology that integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all form of geographically referenced information.
It allows users to view, understand, question, interpret and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.
The Philippines is definitely a growth country for ESRI," he said. It has been interesting and at the same time overwhelming to see that we have come to develop a well-established and diverse community of Esri users in the Philippines.
He attributed the growth to the fact that GIS offers capabilities that will aid public and even private institutions to effectively evaluate their programs in relation to other programs and certain environmental and geographic factors.
He added the Philippines could very well be one of the primary users of GIS given its topography and exposure to natural disasters.
He also highlighted that GIS has proven to be an essential technology for all phases of emergency management, providing integration platform including data management, planning and analysis, field enablement and situational awareness.
The ESRI chief added one important component to effective disaster management and response is rapid utilization of information and data from many sources.
Use of real-time information is one of the more recent developments that has transformed how many agencies prepare for and respond to disasters, Dangermond pointed out. (PNA)