Health, Education And Livelihood – Mapping Environment

“Urban adaptability and sustainability through data mapping and analytics”

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Modern cities are now moving towards the smart city vision that focuses on technology applications
in connectivity, transportation, and efficieny to name a few. However, we should also focus on the
city’s life blood – it’s people. With huge number of people moving into urban area raises a lot of
issues and challenges for local government units. Access to health services, education/training programs
and employment opportunities are just some of basic services urban dwellers need to have a quality urban life.
With proper technological and social innovation, we can make smart cities to be also people centered.

Some innovative ways to help lessen the impact of these issues is to provide a tool to map out, identify area of
concentration and trends of these urban issues. The tool can provide key insights on where key resources and services
can be allocated evenly within the city. With this insights, city leaders and LGU can properly plan and manage the
city’s resources to make urban living adaptable and sustainable.

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FOCUS AREA

Quezon City is the most populous city in the Philippines. It was founded by and named after Manuel L. Quezon, the 2nd
President of the Philippines to replace Manila as the national capital. The city eventually became the capital of the
Philippines from 1948-1976. It is the largest city in terms of population and land area in Metro Manila, the National
Capital Region of the Philippines.

The city is divided into six districts, in turn subdivided in a total of 142 barangays. Each district is represented by
six City Councilors, six representatives/congressmen, one from each district are elected as members of the National Legislature.
The number of barangays per district is: District I, 37; District II, 5; District III,37; District IV, 38; District V, 14; and
District VI, 11; Although District II has the least number of barangays, it is the biggest in land area.

FUNCTIONS

A healthy citizen is a healthy city. This function will try to map out and identify location of community clinics and hospital
per district of the city. This mapping can provide local government units (LGUs) on how these facilities are distributed
among district and they can be able ratio out how many people can be serve. This can also be used for their future urban planning
and management. Due to the limited data set availability and restrictions, the function can only provide major location
of clinics and hospital.

A well educated and trained citizen are the city’s asset. This function will try to map out and identify government accredited
training centers (service skills, technical and none technical skills). To be able to map out the distribution and concentration
of these training center per district will allow LGUs to identify if any given district based from the number of population will
need additional facilities. Due to the limited data set availability, this module cannot provide and identify the percentage of
the population needing skills training for any particular sector or domain.

Employment opportunities is the city’s workforce, more workforce the greater the city’s gain equity. More equity, more resources for
urban development in terms of services and infrastructure. This function will try to map out and identify business establishments
per district. By mapping out these establishments, LGUs can coordinate with business owners what skill sets and training potential
employees need to have. This in turn can provide insights on what and where they can provide training and facilities. Due to the
limited data set availability, this module cannot provide the most needed skills set and training per sector or domain.