Land developers can now access important and yet free data on an area's vulnerability to geographic hazards such as landslides, floods, and so on.
Simply called "Lipad" or Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) Portal for Archiving and Distribution, it provides high resolution images that could remove surface obstructions to detect underground rivers, among others, as reported in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Released by DOST as part of 1.6 billion program for disaster reduction, the site could be accessed here.
Used for government purposes since 2012, Lipad has now mapped out nearly half of the country's land area.
The data, which so far has reached over 290 terabytes according to a GMA News Online report, would be archived and released soon.
According to a report from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Philippines ranked 4th for having the most disasters in the world as of the past 20 years.
Featured photo by U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Marie Matarlo, accessed via wikipedia.