DA GeoTagging Infra Projects Underway in Bicol

Legazpi City, July 3 -- The Department of Agriculture has adopted the geotagging technology in the Bicol region to ensure transparency and to enforce accountability in the implementation of government projects particularly those under infrastructure.

The Information and Technology Center for Agriculture and Fisheries (ITCAF), under the Matuwid na D.A.A.N. (Department of Agriculture Accountability Network) Program, spearheaded the implementation and application of the said technology.

Geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification metadata to various media, such as a geotagged photographs, websites, SMS messages, or RSS feeds. It is in a form of geospatial metadata that may include altitude, bearing, distance, accuracy data and names of places.

With this feature, the public can easily identify location-specific information of a project.

Currently, the DA-V Planning and Project Development and Evaluation Division along with the GPS team from the ITCAF are working together to geotag and gather information on the ongoing infrastructure projects of the DA in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte using the Garmin Global Positioning System.

The public can access these projects along with other geotagged projects at the recently launched Matuwid na D.A.A.N. website. The projects, accomplishments, disbursements and other needed information are likewise posted for public viewing to serve as the Department’s accountability network.

The global positioning system is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather, anywhere on or near the Earth. (Sally A. Atento/MAL/SAA-PIA 5/Albay)

Source: PIA