LINGAYEN—A more detailed layout of Pangasinan will soon be accessible online through Google Maps, highlighting various points in the different cities and municipalities.
The provincial government, in cooperation with the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning office (PCDSPO) and Google Incorporated, started a province-wide Google map-making session here last September 12, participated in by representatives from local government units (LGUs).
“This project will promote our localities’ different points of interests such as tourism, business, academe, government offices and services, among others. It already proved to be an indispensable tool in the quick response of rescue teams and volunteers during the recent catastrophe that has hit Metro Manila and northern Luzon brought about by the monsoon rains,” said Gov. Amado Espino Jr.
The initial session introduced to the participants that included representatives from the provincial government and the disaster risk reduction group, how to do the “Google mapping”.
“You don’t have to be really ‘tech-y’ to be a Google mapper, all you need to have is the passion to map and the passion to share your knowledge,” said Allan Paolo P. Medrano, Google-assigned Regional Expert Reviewer for Luzon.
“Google map is a user-contributed community, a crowd sourcing activity, wherein you get information from the locals,” Medrano added.
Following the first session, 25 more intensive map-up sessions in 47 towns will be organized from September 17 to October 18, 2012, starting off in Anda on Monday.– Johanne R. Macob