DepEd Undertakes Precision Mapping of High Schools Thru GIS Technology

Manila Bulletin, February 1, 2004 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

DepEd Undertakes Precision Mapping of High Schools Thru GIS Technology


Byline: edison d. ong

The Department of Education has produced a powerful computerized decision support system that integrates digital maps and databases of secondary schools or high schools in the Philippines.

It is precise to the point of detailing vital information such as a particular school building standing on "hazardous" ground to original title of land ownership and benefactor, desks and tables, classroom over capacity, classroom damage conditions, potential students in underserved areas, etc.

More importantly, the decision-support maps, for instance, display the results of the prioritization schemes for new school development and classroom improvement.

School mapping is a set of techniques and procedures used to make planning and deciding for future school development at the local level more rational and effective. In the Philippines, school mapping was first introduced in the Third Elementary Education Project (TEEP). It was then applied to the Secondary Education Development and Improvement Project (SEDIP) which was stared in 1999.

The accomplishments and final outputs of DepEds SEDIP-School Mapping Exercise (SEDIP- SME) were presented in a conference at the Sulo Hotel in Quezon City recently.

Participants were the 149 stakeholders of the project from the 15 Social Reform Agenda (SRA) provinces, which include DepEd Central, Regional and Division Offices, as well as local government units (LGUs). Specifically, the attendees are school division superintendents, planning officers, physical facilities coordinators, governors, mayors and provincial planning and development coordinators. The SRA provinces are Benguet, Ifugao, Antique, Guimaras, Agusan Sur, Surigao Sur, Romblon, Masbate, Leyte, Biliran, Negros Oriental, Southern Leyte, Zamboanga Sur, North Cotabato and Zamboanga Sibugay.

The conference highlighted the outputs of the SME project which include among others the Geographical Information System (GIS) maps of the 15 SRA provinces, and a Geographic Database for Secondary Schools (GDSS) manual with corresponding CDs. The GDSS is packed with 300 maps, information on 875 schools, over 7,000 photographs and more about 1,700 pages of documents.

It also stressed the application of the technologies in educational planning and development as well as resource allocation. Institutionalization of the SME technologies used in the project was likewise focused.

The SEDIP-SME project that started in November 2002 and ended in January 30, 2004 was made possible through a loan granted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). It was implemented by DepEd through the assistance of the Pacific Consultants International (PCI), CERTEZA Surveying and Aerophoto Systems, Inc., Filipinas Dravo Corporation and Associated Resources for Management and Development, Inc.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

DepEd Undertakes Precision Mapping of High Schools Thru GIS Technology
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?