A webinar lecture entitled COVID Map App: Tracking and Visualizing the Pandemic Numbers in the Philippines was live streamed via Zoom and YouTube on 20 October 2020. The webinar lecture series is part of NAMRIA’s observance of the 31st National Statistics Month (NSM). The NSM theme for this year is, Bridging Digital Gaps: Making Information Available to All.
In his opening remarks, Geospatial Information System Management Branch (GISMB) Director John Santiago F. Fabic stressed the importance of the recently developed COVID Map App in aiding both the government and the public to better understand the COVID-19 case information, and to disseminate the pandemic statistics geographically through maps.
The COVID Map App, which is a collaborative project between NAMRIA and the Department of Health, is a basic functional online geographic information system. It features a collection of up-to-date digital maps and geospatial data on COVID-19 case information in the Philippines, at the national, regional, provincial, and city/municipal levels. Included in the App are health status and sex-disaggregated data on patients, and the location of licensed testing laboratories. The App is accessible to the public through Geoportal Philippines, a web mapping portal service that provides a system for sharing of and access to geospatial information using one common multiscale basemap. The COVID-19 maps on Geoportal Philippines can be accessed through the link http://geoportal.gov.ph/gpapps/covidapp. (Source: Ramos, A. R. [2020, June 1]. NAMRIA implements measures to combat COVID-19. NAMRIA Newscoop.)
Ms. Rosal H. Dolanas, Information Systems Analyst of GISMB, was the resource person for the webinar lecture. She was also the resource person on the same topic in the 2020 DENR-NSM Webinar held on 19 October 2020. This webinar was streamed via Zoom and DENR Facebook Live.
The webinar lecture concluded with a message from GISMB Assistant Director Benjamin P. Balais. He emphasized the importance of an open data policy in planning and decision making by government and private sectors and its usefulness in developing a public application like the COVID Map App.
The NAMRIA event was facilitated by GISMB personnel led by Jeffrey A. Quodala. Annrou R. Ramos served as the emcee while Jeffrey M. Aguillon with Alvin F. Laurio and the development team of Geoportal Philippines from the Geospatial System Development Division laid down the technical work for the live stream.
The NSM observance is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 647, signed in 1990, and has two objectives. First, it aims to promote, enhance, and instill awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics to the different sectors of society. Second, it aims to elicit the cooperation and support of the general public in upgrading the quality and standards of statistics in the country.
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NAMRIA produces topographic maps that are used as base maps for other thematic maps like land cover, land condition, land classification, cadastral, etc.
In addition, we have digital data of road maps available. This data comes from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).