A new official map of Mindanao, which will replace the old version in use for the last 50 years, will soon be released and is seen as a support document for the peace process, the Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA) said in a statement.
Luwalhati Antonino, MINDA chair, said the new topographic map of Mindanao, made on a scale of 1:50,000 compared with the scale of 1:200,000 of the old map drawn in 1960s, is already on the final stage of its completion and is expected to be rolled out this year.
The map was undertaken by MINDA along with the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
“It will serve as support mechanism for a more enabling environment for peace and development in Mindanao, especially with the firming up of the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement,” Antonino said.
“This updated map is crucial in our planning and programming of strategic and sustainable peace and development initiatives across the island,” Antonino said. She said the map will also become an essential tool for ensuring integrated disaster planning and management, land use planning, urban planning, environment management, and socio-economic planning. [More]