Philippines: The second quarter census mapping for 2012 in Southern Leyte, Philippines, has started. Prior to this nationwide activity, different levels of trainings were conducted, beginning May, in preparation for the said programme.
The task force first-level training was attended by selected cartographers from the Data and Geographic System (DGS) and information technology-related personnel from all regions. It was held at the National Statistics Office (NSO) Central Office in Manila.
The second-level training followed at the Regional Processing Center at NSO-8 in Tacloban City attended by the statistics officers, provincial focal persons, and hired map data processors.
The third-level training was conducted in order to train hired map data collectors or verifiers held at the NSO office.
The census-mapping project was undertaken to produce accurate and reliable digitised maps at all levels that includes enumeration area, barangay, city/municipality, province and the region.
The report said that future census and survey operations and other information dissemination activities of the statistics office will use these maps to facilitate data gathering, while NSO embarks on this project to establish GIS technology working units in all provinces and regions and to create archives of digitized maps.