After the initial courtesy calls, inception meeting and orientation for the project “Mobilizing Investments and Community Participation in SDGs through GeoMapping in the Philippines” it was time to get on with the job. One of the project’s major activities of the project is the conduct of capacity building on open source mapping software.

Representatives from the 13 municipalities were invited for a geographic information system (GIS) training last March. Followed by a second training last April 2019. The participants learned to lay their data on maps using Quantum GIS (QGIS). QGIS is a free and open-source software used to view and edit geospatial data.

Mapping is a strategic component of this project since maps visually display valuable information on SDG indicators such as environmental hazards, health services, and educational institutions within the municipality. The information may then be correlated to the population distribution and accessibility of the constituents. Furthermore, local government executives can use these data for planning and possible placement of new services and identification of under-served areas.

“Mobilizing Investments and Community Participation in SDGs through GeoMapping in the Philippines (GIZ Project)” is a one-year project implemented by JVOFI, under the 2030 Agenda Transformation Fund, a new fund commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The project aims to mobilize domestic resources and private investments for sustainable development through the development of partnerships between academic institutions, private sector networks and the government for the implementation of pilot development programs in specific communities.