ABS-CBN's Lingkod Kapamilya to use geo-tagging

by Althea Cahayag

Posted at Sep 23 2014 12:19 PM | Updated as of Sep 23 2014 08:19 PM

A sample of a geo-tagged photo. With bar code, GPS time, and exact location. Photo by Romel Cirineo

MANILA, Philippines - ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI) will be using the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Program’s (DA-PRDP) Applied Geo-tagging Tool for better monitoring of its development projects.

The technology is an innovative use of geo-tagging, pioneered to improve transparency in government infrastructure projects to avoid fraud and corruption, especially in remote areas with the use of global positioning system (GPS).

Users need to have GPS-enabled phones and Internet connection in order to upload the captured photos to Google. Then the data will be embedded to Google Earth.

Right now, DA-PRDP is sharing this procedure to different agencies to help in project managements and development programs.

Geo-tagging not just for engineers

The good thing about geo-tagging is that, one does not need to be an engineer to do it.

With the use of the technology, local government units (LGUs) and citizens can now monitor the progress of different projects in different areas.

But according to engineer Samuel Belamide, the Geo-mapping and Governance Specialist of DA-PRPD, geo-tagging does not end after project completion.

“Geo-tagging does not stop after a project has been completed or only until the operation and maintenance,” he said. “It can also be used in impact evaluation. So after three years, what is the impact of this particular project? We can also know that using geo-tagging.”

Benefits

DA-PRDP’s Applied Geo-tagging tool is a great assistance to ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation's projects and programs.

It is cost-efficient. Because of the technology used, it will allow project managers, agencies, donors and partners, to verify and monitor the changes and developments of the projects being done in the community without travelling to the site or going to the exact location of the community.

It will also provide important information of the projects such as dates, locations, and eliminate forged data.

The next goal of ALKFI is to use geo-tagging in the communities of Samar and Tacloban to monitor the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts being done. It will also be used to train the residents of BNJ who will be the front liners to help in supervising the progress in the community of BayaNiJuan sa Southville 7, and to administer the on-going rehabilitation of different esteros under Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig.

ALKFI is also looking forward to more possibilities to use geo-tagging to its other programs.

To know more about the Applied Geo-tagging Tool of the Department of Agriculture, visit https://www.daprdp.net/.
ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. commits to make a significant impact in the strategic areas of child care, environment, education and disaster management by leveraging the power and reach of media and partnering with concerned sectors of society.

Visit https://abs-cbnfoundation.com/ to know more about ALKFI.