Secondary Cities – Tacloban City

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Tacloban City geographically was flanked by mountains on the west and water on the east. Settlements along the coast were inundated by storm-surge caused massed casualties. Finding relocation sites for new settlements is a challenge due to the topography of the city. Areas that could be resettled would encroach on greenfields and would be too far from traditional fishing livelihoods.

*this map was prepared using open data from OsmContributors, QGIS, SRTM, & OpenTopography.

Secondary Cities – Tagbilaran Bohol, Tarsiers and Hills.

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*this map was prepared using open data from OsmContributors, QGIS, SRTM, & OpenTopography. Recovering from the effects of the earthquake last 2011, how will the city sustain the assistance it received from Government, NGOs, and INGOs? Will the city and its residents embrace higher density urban districts to sustain its growth?

Secondary Cities – Legazpi City

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Mayon Volcano at its doorstep. The Pacific on the east coast. How prepared is the city from the multi-hazards and climate change effects? How can the city improve its basic infrastructure and services while adapting it for resiliency? What development thrust should the people focus on?

What do you think?

*this map was prepared using open data from OsmContributors, QGIS, SRTM, & OpenTopography.

Secondary Cities – Batangas City

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Secondary Cities – Batangas City; Batangas.

Clearly touched by beautiful landscapes and seascapes. How will the city maximize its port operations and expand its settlement patterns without causing further environmental degradation?

Batangas Port is also looked at as an alternative to the Manila Port. How will the city market itself as an ideal destination for port operations?

*this map was prepared using open data from OsmContributors, QGIS, SRTM, & OpenTopography.

Secondary Cities – Baguio City, Summer Capital, still?

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Baguio City, the summer capital. Daniel Burnham himself was tasked to master plan this high altitude city for american colonials needing a cooldown during tropical summers in the Philippines. If you look closely you might see a glimmer of the park of named after him. Recently, issues like congestion and flooding  has affected its residents. Continuous sprawl and commercial development increased demand for land conversion.

How will the city planner balance the need to sustain the growth of the city as well as develop mechanisms for flood management?

*this map was prepared using open data from OsmContributors, QGIS, SRTM, & OpenTopography.

 

Secondary Cities – Angeles City, ashed opportunity ;)

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#QGIS Secondary Cities – Angeles City, Pampanga. Mt. Pinatubo looks over the development of this city. 😀

Have you been to Mt. Pinatubo?

How will the city integrate tourism development and disaster risk reduction in its city plans?

*this map was prepared using open data from OsmContributors, QGIS, SRTM, & OpenTopography.

 

Secondary Cities – Olongapo City, Ports R’ Us!

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From the big three metropolitan urban areas, let us not forget the cities that act as counter magnets that support primary urban centers. Now let’s take a look at secondary cities. This is the first map out of 15 I will be sharing about secondary cities identified by the USAID SURGE project. 😉 Here we have Olongapo City: port city, the potential of the city to consolidate port operations of adjacent special economic zones. What do you think? 😉

Haven’t you noticed that our settlement patterns follow waterways? What do you think should we do about taking care of our riverine systems and utilizing them in city planning?

*this map was prepared using open data from OsmContributors, QGIS, SRTM, & OpenTopography.

 

 

Metro Davao – You Big Beauty!

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Metro Davao – the premier urban center of the Mindanao Island Cluster is the biggest City in the Philippines in terms of Land Area.

The urban core is concentrated near the shores of the Davao Gulf. The downtown area known as Poblacion has a high urban density.

The questions that need to be asked are the following:

Does the City plan for in case of an eruption of the semi-active volcano Mt. Apo (the highest mountain in the Philippines)?

How will the city plan for its expansion knowing well of the multi-hazards in its jurisdiction?

What do you think?

What questions are important to you in understanding your City? Shaping it?

*this map was prepared using open data from OsmContributors, QGIS, SRTM, & OpenTopography.

Metro Cebu – Where are you headed?

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The map above represents the existing road networks and waterways in Cebu Island using volunteered geographic information.

For ordinary citizens to know where there cities and municipalities are going, we should ask ourselves the following:

Where do you see your community in the next century?

Would you support land reclamation or upland reduction?

How will you move people and goods in the next decade?

Will you follow in the footsteps of Metro Manila?

Let’s find out the questions together.

What do you think?

*this map was prepared using open data from OsmContributors, QGIS, SRTM, & OpenTopography.