DZMM Radio with Dr. Mahar Lagmay

May 6 / 11:29 EDT by Celina Agaton

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On May 1, 2016 I was invited by DZMM Radio and Project NOAH Executive Director Prof. Mahar Lagmay’s radio show, Red Alert. Dr. Lagmay was recently names one of Asia’s Top 100 Scientists by Asian Scientist Magazine and received the 2015 Plinius Medal by the European Geosciences Union for his work on hazard research and natural disaster engagement in the Philippines.

We discussed the importance of sharing cross sector data and maps for disaster risk reduction and our May 7th mapping event for the Quiapo historical district in Manila.


Jane’s Walk Anniversary: Quiapo

May 6 / 11:12 EDT by Celina Agaton

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In partnership with Far Eastern University, you’re invited to Map the Philippines at our Quiapo Walking Tour and Mapping Party on May 7th! #mapPHquiapo #mapPH

Join one or both events, everyone is welcome and the event is free!

9:00 – 12:00 Quiapo Neighbourhood Walking Tour. Meet at San Sebastian Church steps.
12:00 – 5:00 Mapping Party at the Rooftop of FEU’s Institute of Technology
Click on the green Register button above to secure your spot! You’ll receive more details and tips after registration.

During the Walking Tour you’ll hear stories behind the color and character of the Quiapo district, the former downtown of Manila. The Walking Tour is part of the 10th Anniversary of Jane’s Walks taking place in over 150 cities around the world. Learn more about the tour and Jane’s Walk.

Tour stops include:

  • Quiapo Market for truly Filipino crafts and their popular lumpia, hopia, noodles and curry stalls.
  • San Sebastian Basilica, the only all steel church in Asia, built in Belgium in the late 1880s, fitted with German stained glass and painted beautifully by the arts school which evolved to become UP Fine Arts.
  • Historical Hidalgo Street lined with 300 year-old homes and Bahay Nakpil-Bautista, home of heroes of the 1896 revolution.
  • Far Eastern University is a living art space, recognized by UNESCO for successful heritage preservation. Its five Art Deco buildings were designed by Pablo Antonio, Sr., National Artist for Architecture.

At the Mapping Party you’ll learn the basics of neighborhood mapping on OpenStreetMap, the Wikipedia of maps.

  • Share your photos on Mapillary to help highlight Quiapo heritage preservation and community needs.
  • Help update maps and create Wikipedia entries for the historical places and spaces of Quiapo.
  • Learn how to map and report community needs.

* We will have computer stations available.


Open Data Day

March 10 / 05:12 EST by Celina Agaton

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Come join me for Open Data Day Philippines at Mapua Institute of Technology Makati Campus on March 11th from 9am to 5pm. I’ll be speaking about Map the Philippines at 11:30am.

Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.


Micro to Medium Enterprise Campus Launch in Davao

February 29 / 05:50 EST by Celina Agaton

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Thrilled to be working on disaster resilient and sustainable livelihood and mapping programs with women, farmers, fishermen and rural poor communities in Davao, Mindanao. With support from the Gerry Roxas Foundation and USAID, we announced the first batches of grantees and launched the Tuason Development Foundation TDFI Campus for micro to medium enterprise.


U.S. Embassy Hosts Typhoon Haiyan Mapathon for Red Cross Recovery Programs

January 28 / 22:49 EST by Celina Agaton

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Over 50 participants completed over 28,000 edits at the U.S. Embassy’s Leyte Mapathon on January 23, in partnership with Map the Philippines and OpenStreetMap Philippines. The U.S. State Department’s MapGive program generously provided satellite imagery to improve maps for the Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Program in Leyte. They are currently working in 23 barangays or villages on integrated recovery programs including house construction, house repair, community infrastructure, disaster risk reduction, livelihoods and water and sanitation.

Members from Philippine, American, Swiss and French Red Cross teams in Tacloban participated in the mapping workshop. American Red Cross’ Country Representative, Margaret Stansberry and Monitoring and Evaluation Delegate, Will McFall, spoke about how the Leyte mapathon helps create better maps and data for various stakeholders. Many thanks to Erwin, Rally, Eugene and Ervin from OSM-PH for their support.

The Leyte task is 67% complete so we still need your help to edit and verify data. We hope you’ll join us!

 

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Gallery photos courtesy United States Public Affairs Office.


Leyte Mapathon with U.S. Embassy

January 22 / 07:54 EST by Celina Agaton

Manila Mapathon

The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with Map the Philippines and OpenStreetMap Philippinesinvites you to a mapathon to support the American Red Cross’ Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Program in Leyte. They are currently working in 23 barangays or villages on integrated recovery programs including house construction, house repair, community infrastructure, disaster risk reduction, livelihoods and water and sanitation.

If you’re new to mapping and OpenStreetMap, we’ll teach you the basics of mapping cities and disasters. Everyone is welcome! #mapPHL

Here’s a preview of the task: https://tasks.hotosm.org/project/1129

Important: Please be sure to register here on Eventbrite with your details by noon on Tuesday, January 19 to clear embassy security. 

Saturday, January 23
8:30am to 2:30pm
U.S. Embassy Manila
1201 Roxas Boulevard
Ermita, Manila

*Please bring your laptop, and GPS or smartphone to download mapping apps. 15 computers will be available to those who need it, please note this in your registration. Complimentary pizza lunch will be served.

Many thanks to the MapGive project, the Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU) of the U.S. Department of State is providing the OpenStreetMap community access to updated satellite imagery services to help assist with humanitarian mapping.

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Map The Philippines and Mozilla GeoWeek Mapping Party

November 11 / 21:48 EST by Celina Agaton

OSM GeoWeek Mapping Party

The week of November 15-21 is Geography Awareness Week and to help celebrate, Map the Philippines and Mozilla Community Space Manila are hosting an OpenStreetMap GeoWeek mapping party on November 17 from 1-6pm.

We believe maps and community driven mapping projects can help visualize the needs and opportunities in our neighbourhoods. Maps can serve as the connecting point to coordinate and track efforts across government, business, NGOs and community groups. Which is why we support OpenStreetMap, a free and open source mapping platform supported by a community of over 2.3 million mappers that contribute data about roads, hospitals, restaurants, coffee shops and more from around the world. Learn more about becoming a mapping volunteer.

Learn about OpenStreetMap and how mapping helps visualize community needs and opportunities in disaster, livelihood, arts, heritage preservation and food security.

If you’d like to learn how to map, please bring your own laptop, tablet or GPS.
The event is free and everyone is welcome! Introductions will begin from 1:00-2:00pm.

Please register at http://geoweekmnl2015.eventbrite.com

Hashtag #mapPHL #osmgeoweek
November 17, 2015

1:00 to 6:00pm
Mozilla Community Space Manila (MozSpaceMNL)
Roof Deck, Molave Building,
2231 Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo)
Makati City, Philippines 1233

Mobile Number:
+63.905.398.4499

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World Food Day Manila 2015

October 15 / 01:12 EDT by Celina Agaton

World Food Day

In honor of UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s World Food Day on Friday, October 16 Map the Philippines, Amy Besa’s Ang Sariling Atin and Purple Yam Malate and De La Salle Saint Benilde invite food community members to an informal gathering to discuss and share ideas to create more sustainable and inclusive food infrastructure in the Philippines.

Our goals for the meeting are to:

1. Create a network of food community members from farming, education, government, business NGO and community groups.

2. Outline community needs such as farm to market roads, marketplaces, training programs, funding and other funding needs to support our local food economy.

3. Visualize the network and needs on a map to identify funding opportunities and areas for collaboration across government, business and NGO sectors.

Light snacks will be served, please feel free to bring a platter and showcase your local food products at our community table.

Register at https://wfdmnl2015.eventbrite.com


Map the Philippines

October 10 / 23:00 EDT by Celina Agaton
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Celina Agaton with partners from xchange and Making All Voices Count at the Map the Philippines Unconference on July 2015.

Map the Philippines is an international initiative to help provide free, comprehensive and accessible maps of the Philippines. We teach local government, business, NGOs, students and citizens how to map their community assets and visualize needed infrastructure and investment for economic and tourist development, and disaster and community resilience. We collect and share data to help meet the Sustainable Development Goals through real-time data collection, coordination and monitoring of cross sector efforts. Our mapping partners include the U.S. State Department’s MapGive program, OpenStreetMap, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap, OpenStreetMap Philippines and the Digital Humanitarian Network.

Our goal is to help create more sustainable infrastructure and to provide a space for better cross sector collaboration, transparency and accountability for our communities. Our free online platform launches in early 2016 and provides opportunities for citizens and organizations to share their programs, services, and best practices, and to identify funding needs and connect with other stakeholders.

Map the Philippines’ partners include Making All Voices Count, a consortium of the U.K Department for International Development (DFID)U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)Swedish International Development Cooperation AgencyOpen Society Foundations (OSF) and Omidyar Network (ON), Hivos, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Ushahidi.

Map the Philippines launches in the summer of 2016.

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OpenAerialMap

September 26 / 03:01 EDT by Celina Agaton

OpenAerialMap

OpenAerialMap is an open service to provide access to a commons of openly licensed imagery and map layer services from around the world. Rather than spending time and resources on expensive imagery, you can search teh repository and download or contribute imagery to the growing commons of openly licensed, non-commercial imagery. This helps governments, NGOs, business and academe access expensive imagery and helps reduce duplicate efforts on high resolution map imagery.

Under the World Bank OpenRoads project, my company and partners were the first to share our Philippine imagery on OpenAerialMap.

Learn more about the OpenRoads project.