The devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan that struck Region 8 on November 8, 2013 demonstrated that natural disasters have no respect to administrative boarders. The typhoon left a swathe of destruction across several Local Government Units (LGU) in the region. Effective relief and rehabilitation efforts need highly accessible geographically referenced information from different LGUs. The typhoon higlighted the need of a centralized Geographic Infomation System (GIS) located in secure location where LGUs could maintain and share their data. However, the prohibited cost of GIS software and lack of technical capability have prevented most LGUs to set up such kind of information system. The VSU WebGIS Map server is a cost efficient and interoperable system. This was developed using Free Open Source Software (FOSS) and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) based web services and standards. This information system will cater to the spatial information processing and storage needs of the different organizations in Region 8. This will be used as a centralized storage and retrieval system for important maps, aerial photographs, satellite images and related information in the region. The Visayas State University (VSU), being the premier university in the region could provide the IT infrastructure and trainable personnel for the setting up and maintenance of the information system. It has strong programs on research and extensions with the mandate to share knowledge products to society.

VSU currently implementing the LiDAR Mapping project which generates information that could be used for Land Use Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM). The university also offers a graduate course in Land Administration Management (LAM) which requires a spatial information management system. The success and sustainability of these undertakings require the use of robust, easy to use and cost effiecient GIS for the storage, processing and sharing of geographically referenced information. The university has to establish a centralized spatial information system to support its instruction and research prgrams. The information system will also provide spatial information storage and retrieval system for VSU's research centers and academic departments.

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