THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be using the geographic information system (GIS)-based mapping and information system to settle land disputes amid the government’s efforts to rebuild war-torn Marawi City.
In a statement issued over the weekend, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said this system, which promotes “environmental peace-building” can help re-establish both technical and physical land boundaries for public and private land.
“Properties in both private and public land, formal and informal settlement descriptions and delineations in the most affected areas and other surrounding areas of Marawi City will also be included in the land mapping to collect information,” he added.
A GIS-based land mapping and information system can capture, manipulate, analyze and manage different types of geographical data.
This will be used by the Land Conflict Management unit (LCMU), which is under Task Force Bangon Marawi’s sub-committee on Land Resources Management, to settle land disputes. The LCMU is managed by DENR.
Environment Assistant Secretary for Field Operations in Mindanao Michelle Angelica D. Go, in the same statement, explained that the “environmental peace-building” complies with the United Nations General Assembly 2016 resolution on sustaining peace amid dealing issues on land and its resources.
“The need also arises to convert, harmonize and integrate the different maps and survey data sets coming from different agencies and those which are conducted under different survey systems and integrate them into one usable spatial data framework,” Ms. Go said.
The DENR is also expected to settle land issues in Barangays Kapantaran and Camp Ranao, the two pilot areas for the initial rehabilitation activities. — Anna Gabriela A. Mogato