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Iloilo, Guimaras heritage, tourism sites to go online

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BY LILIBETH A. FRENCH

ILOILO – Soon, heritage and tourism sites in the provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras can be accessed online via Google Maps, a web mapping service application.

“All our maps on paper are not dynamic and contain only the streets. What we would like to happen is that when you have mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, Androids and Windows Mobile, you could easily see where you want to go in Iloilo or Guimaras. Tourism destinations, businesses and other important information are available,” said

Lakan-Asa Bautista, municipal councilor of the town of Dumangas and an information technology (IT) expert.

He was one of the speakers in the “MapUp Iloilo-Guimaras” -- a seminar-workshop for heritage and tourism mapping using Google Maps held at the provincial capitol here.

More than 60 participants, mainly tourism officers and IT staff from various districts of Iloilo and Guimaras, attended the seminar.

The event was organized by Google Business Group (GBG), Iloilo Teletech and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s committee on science and technology.

Bautista said the technology is not only applicable to tourism. It will soon be extended to businesses.

But they started with the heritage and tourism sites because these are the basic things being promoted to investors and tourists.

GBG-Iloilo’s Bernie Arellano discussed and taught participants how to map and use the Google Maps during the seminar workshop.

Google Maps is a web mapping service application and technology provided by Google that powers many map-based services, including the Google Maps website, Google Ride Finder, Google Transit, and maps embedded on third-party websites via the Google Maps API.

Bautista said not all cities have been properly mapped and they are hoping that with the activity, people will become more conscious of correcting maps and plotting the proper places for each.

Aside from an updated Google Maps for Iloilo and Guimaras, the transfer of technology is also expected after the activity as participants are encouraged to bring the knowledge back to their hometowns for application. (PIA-6/PN)