INTEGRATING GIS WITH LANDUSE DECISION-MAKING: THE CASE OF CENTRAL MINDANAO UNIVERSITY, PHILIPPINES

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Year:
2016
Type of Publication:
Proceedings
Keywords:
state university, landuse plan, land utilization, climate hazard
Authors:
Toledo-Bruno, Angela Grace; Paquit, Joseph C.; Casas, Jupiter V.
Abstract:
As a state university, the Central Mindanao University (CMU) is confronted with a myriad of issues pertaining to the utilization of its land resources in the university’s 100 years of existence. These issues stem from its strategic location and productive land, which entice informal settlers to encroach the land. In response, the university invests in formulating its comprehensive landuse plan. With the application of GIS, lands are delineated and classified to optimize its uses considering biophysical setting, social condition and climate and natural hazards. Land utilization also ensures that the university is able to perform its four-fold functions, i.e. instruction, research, extension and production. The process is an avenue to generate information on the current landuses and issues to provide direction on the path of progress that the university will take. Considering student population growth rate, the campus will be increased by 179%; the agricultural landuses will be re-classified considering the slope gradients suitable for crop, livestock and agroforestry production while the 50% slope land are allocated for forest protection. Informal settlers now occupying 50% and 9.5% of the total land area within the agriculture and forest land uses, respectively, will be developed into social enterprise. The delineated flood and other disaster-prone areas are planned for infrastructure and vegetative engineering measures. Thus, the GIS-generated maps have become the tool for decision-making to optimize the allocation and use of CMU land.
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