THE City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) has completed the so-called “digital twin” of 23 out of the city’s 128 barangays. Digital twins are digitized versions of the city’s barangays that audit and map out existing structures and the remaining natural cover within their respective areas of jurisdiction.
City Planning and Development Officer Donna Tabangin said that the city is aiming to complete the digital twinning project within the coming months in order to provide barangay officials the appropriate information to conduct consultations with their constituents and address density issues in their areas.
The digital twinning process not only maps out structures according to use. It also maps out natural forest cover and open spaces to identify areas that have exceeded prescribed density and carrying capacity.
The project also aids the CPDO in identifying structures without building permits.
According to Tabangin, previous consultations indicate that there are residents willing to get building permits but cannot do so due to the required titles over their properties.
Tabangin said that city inventories indicate some 41,000 structures without building permits in the city.