BAGUIO CITY – The Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC) technical working group (TWG) members learn mapping techniques through a three-day workshop for the enhancement of the Cordillera Regional Spatial Development Framework (RSDF) 2018-2048 on December 5 to 7 at NEDA-CAR in Baguio.  The workshop was conducted by the Policy Formulation and Planning division of NEDA-CAR as the technical secretariat of the RLUC.

The RLUC-TWG members who participated in the training were DA, DENR, DILG, DOT, DPWH, NCIP, NEDA, NIA, and OCD. Chaired by the NEDA-CAR Regional Director, the RLUC serves as the coordinative mechanism for land use and physical planning in the region. One of the committee’s tasks is to formulate the RSDF which serves as the strategy for long-term land use development planning in the region taking into account concentration, connectivity, and disaster mitigation.

Using the Quantum Geographical Information System (QGIS) program, a free and open-source software, UP-schooled Geodetic Engineer Jessie Linn Ablao discussed the basics of the QGIS coordinate reference system (CRS), spatial data processing and digitizing, among others.

With the training, it is hoped that the RSDF 2018-2048 will be more visual to aid the ‘man on the street’ to understand and appreciate the technical document better. Once completed, the RSDF 2018-20148 shall be presented to the RLUC for approval. The RSDF 2018-2048 is a framework document for local government units, regional line agencies, and other stakeholders as reference in their land use planning activities.