The e-governance program envisions a new generation that are creators rather than just consumers of digital content, allowing Filipinos to be more knowledgeable on ICT and also adept in it. The PDS (Philippine Digital Strategy) is moving to achieve transparency and improve organizational, inter-governmental coordination, personnel management as well as addressing educational capacity issues.
The role of GIS is expanding as well for the visualization of zoning and tax incentive areas, analysis of disasters (2006 oil spill in Guimaras), law enforcement, geodemographic analysis, climate change, etc. The Geo Portal aims to bring together application-specific systems in various sectors such as tourism, culture and history, education, forestry, land use, environment, cadastral, hazard mapping. The need to integrate the isolated information will begin with one standard base map, with online access to data, and an online platform for viewing.
The country’s national spatial data infrastructure vision will address issues of food supply, peace and security, environmental protection, emergency response, traffic conditions, housing and land use, diaster management, election, public works, communications, plans and programs. The pace of global change, and the rising issues of climate change in this island nation is leading the way, with work underway to forecast and relay issues affecting fish populations to fisher folk.
Building on the interest to engage teh population is a strategy to make use of the proliferation of smart phones that make anyone a reporter on issues of change such as traffic, waste, crime, infrastructure and health. GIS is playing a major role in understanding the changing landscape, and will only increase its importance as we move to real-time information.