Title : Map Analysis Program: A Cartographic GIS-Based Model for Mapping Philippine's Higher Education Institutions and Programs


Email: cmpascual123@yahoo.com


Name and Surname of the 1st Author: Carlos Miniano Pascual, Ph.D.


Organization to which author(s) belong: Mariano Marcos State University


Conference Theme considered appropriate for the contents of the presentation: Geoinformation Systems.


Other authors (name, surname and e-mail):


Phebe M. Pasion

Information Systems Researcher, Management Information Service

Mariano Marcos State University, Philippines



Ciriaco T. Ragual

Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences

Mariano Marcos State University, Philippines






Cartographic geoinformatics mapping is useful for environmental scanning and project planning which uses GIS, GPS, remote sensing, and the internet. The outputs of the project are needed not only for the design and implementation of rationalization measures but also for the conceptualization of financial/resource management reforms in higher education, including the introduction of normative financing in the Philippines. Thus, a commissioned study was conducted to develop a geoinformatics-based decision support system (DSS) to establish geo-referenced data and information of higher education institutions (HEIs) and programs in the Philippines that incorporates and builds upon current understanding of ubiquitous and internet mapping for other subsequent spatial analysis; and operationalize such DSS for policy research and development on HEIs.


The cartographic, GIS-based DSS called map analysis program (MAP) was developed to build wealth of geo-referenced data and information of the Philippines HEIs and programs for policy research development. Geo-referenced database and thematic maps using major outputs of MAP showed various indicators on access and relevance, quality and efficiency thrusts that are useful for higher education research, planning and policy options for rationalization and resource management of HEI required under the medium-term higher education development and investment plan by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education. The use of GIS and GPS-based survey databases among HEIs are emerging dynamic mapping tools to share statistical data, information and knowledge among stakeholders on geographic areas and related policy issues which could be easily uploaded in the internet or intranet.


A graphic user interface visual programming linked with ArcView GIS, as well as thin and fat client internet mapping architecture will be discussed. A case study is presented to demonstrate the use of MAP for policy options among HEIs in the Philippines. Other similar applications conducted such as risk mapping of groundwater nitrate-nitrogen contamination from 1992-2002, parcellary mapping of rice paddy cultivar test sites in 2002-2003, and inventory of renewable energy systems in 2004-present. Such methodological framework on ubiquitous and internet mapping of MAP can be replicated elsewhere to promote exchange of knowledge and information in the third wave generation in cartographic modeling for ICA. Efforts to create a cadre of geoinformatics professionals, conduct of advance research studies, symposia and partnerships with local and international levels in the Philippines will also be presented.