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Published On: Sun, Apr 29th, 2012

We’re Google Mapping Tacurong!

That’s right Tacurongnons! We’re putting Tacurong City in the (Google) map.


One is thru writing POSITIVELY about Tacurong, promoting the good news about the place and it’s people, the Tacurongnons. This will hopefully “overtake” the mostly negative, top ranked search results for the word “Tacurong” in the main search engines such as Google.

The second method of  “mapping Tacurong” is literally putting it on Google map!  Yup, not just a small, pink or blue unknown marker/pin/whatnot on the map, but an accurate street outline and establishments of Tacurong city.

Inspired by the latest Google Mapping Summit in Gensan and the Geo tagging advocates from all over Asia, a volunteer team of geotagging advocates from the city itself accepted the challenge and made mapping Tacurong city , their priority.

Mapping will outline streets and points of interests (e.g. business establishments, landmarks, tourist spots) in Tacurong on Google map so people in and outside of this place would know where exactly the places is located in Tacurong.  The benefits are obvious- a mapped Tacurong is a progressive Tacurong!

Geo tagging is not easy. The low quality satellite imagery of Tacurong and nearby places made this task harder but not impossible. While the team already filed a request to Google Maps for a better satellite image of Tacurong City (you can help us by filing the same request too, here), they’re starting to map Tacurong using our GPS devices.

 GPS or Global Positioning System :The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather, anywhere on or near the Earth, where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. It is maintained by the United States government and is freely accessible to anyone with a GPS receiver. -wikipediaGPS navigation device is any device that receives Global Positioning System (GPS) signals for the purpose of determining the device’s current location on Earth.

Simply put, a GPS device will tell you your exact location on earth, for so long as that device can communicate with a GPS satellite in the sky. If you don’t have a standalone GPS device (like garmin, which is expensive), do you know that cheaper android devices like samsung galaxy y  have GPS capabilities? It has and thats what we’re using too! iPhone 3G and up models also have GPS capabilities, so you don’t really need a more expensive standalone GPS device to map! Two weeks ago this is the screen shot image of Tacurong City on google map :

Old Tacurong City google map. Note the absence of “places” or “points of interests”

Today, this screenshot of mapmaker surprised me- most of the streets in brgy. poblacion is already mapped and approved by Google!

A screenshot of Tacurong City in a Google Map Maker. Note that the streets of Brgy. Poblacion are almost all mapped!

What will be the benefit of mapping Tacurong City? The benefits are enormous. Aside from locating businesses and spots around the city, geo tagging will also help in disaster preparedness, city planning and development, health facility mapping and inventory, safety and security (as what this police officer is doing in Gensan) and many others, by providing more accurate data and location fix! So if you wanted to volunteer your talent in Geo mapping, join Tacurong Google Mappers and help map Tacurong! You can go to this FB page, or contact me thru this page, put your email address, google account name and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

About the Author

- I’m a traveler. I work fulltime as a medical professional. I go to different places most of the time I’m off my day job. I shoot photos for fun, hack computers for even more fun and play badminton as my exercise. And yes, I’m not rich.

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