By Michael Umaming

Baguio City:  “Our assessment of the Baguio City Police Office’s (BCPO) utilization of Geographic Information System (GIS) is only about 20-30 percent, yet it has helped us greatly – what more if we are fully utilizing the technology?” asked Police Superintendent George Daskeo.

“With one police looking after peace and security concerns of 681 residents in Baguio City, a good spatial and even time-series analysis of crime occurrences can help the police focus on a certain area at a certain time of the day,” he said.

Daskeo was a participant to the Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting of the GIS Network last April 26, 2013 at the RDC Hall, Botanical Garden here.  The meeting was to revive the network which was organized in 2003 but became inactive in 2008 after a series of GIS trainings with agencies and LGUs.

The network brings together government agencies, non-government organizations and the academe to promote knowledge and data sharing on GIS.  With more institutions having developed their GIS expertise, it can now take now take in more members.  It can also expand among LGUs or help in developing provincial GIS network. 

The RDC is looking forward to maximizing the network as a support committee.