On June 9, 2012 this blog together with the provincial government of South Cotabato, Google, South Cotabato Google Map Makers group, SOCCSKSARGEN Bloggers, South Cotabato-ACTS and STI Koronadal will be holding the South Cotabato Google Map Makers Summit to be attended by different sectors in the province. More or less 50 participants are expected to attend, most of them from the different LGU's in South Cotabato including representatives from each municipal planning and tourism offices, private and business establishment owners, students and teachers, and others.
But, Is there really a need to map South Cotabato online using Google Map Maker? The current images of the 10 towns of South Cotabato and of the City of Koronadal on Google Maps/Google Earth will help you answer. (click image for a larger view)
|The Municipality of Banga on Google Maps. Huge white clouds covering the entire poblacion, blurry imagery on other parts.|
|Norala on Google Maps. Blurry/ No imagery - this is one of the concerns that will be tackled on June 9. Can you spot where the famous Norala Chicken House? How about Lampara Garden?|
|Municipality of Sto.Niño in Google Maps|
|Tampakan poblacion in Google Maps. Most part of the poblacion is covered with clouds.|
|Tantangan on Google Map|
Google Maps have been proven very useful especially in disaster preparedness (naming of disaster prone areas, evacuation centers, police and fire stations, etc.), peace and order management, public information, business promotions and tourism development. In other cities, Google Maps were even used in tax mapping.
|Part of the City of Koronadal on Google Maps. Clear view but many streets and establishments are still unnamed.|
|The Municipality of T'boli as viewed on Google Map.|
|Tupi on Google Maps.|
Putting and naming places and getting approved on Google Maps gives me a great sense of accomplishment knowing that it could be of big help. I hope participants to the South Cotabato Google Map Maker Summit will experience the same after the event.
The South Cotabato Google Map Maker Summit will take place on June 9, 2012 8am- 5pm at the Audio-visual Room, STI-Koronadal, City of Koronadal. South Cotabato News Atbp will keep you posted. :)
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