[talk-ph] Proposed Philippine Postal Code System

maning sambale emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com
Mon Mar 23 10:37:03 GMT 2009

As I see it, two areas of concern are emerging:
1.  There is a need for addressing data to be added to OSM.  And
although the primary concern for much of the Philippines is to collect
road data, I think we can in some areas (Metro Manila) encourage
contributors to start adding address information.  If we can create a
simple interface for non-osmers to contribute addresses that would be
an excellent opportunity to expand the base of OSM-PH contributions.

2.  Addressing conventions in the Philippines is messy.  We need to
create a system in which addressing can be standardized and easier to
understand (both for humans and computer algorithms).  There are
several attempts made by various agencies (as what Eugene have
outlined).  We are also burdened by multiple standards (NSCB, ISO,
FIPS).  The problem is, some of these "standards" doesn't seem to fit
the purpose of geolocating specific address information.   I don't see
any problem for OSM-PH to create its own coding system as long as we
can establish "compatibility" to the other standards.  Maybe we can
can devise a system that can capitalize on the strengths of these
standards but flexible enough to accommodate various addressing

I think we can go ahead and start parallel implementation of both
concerns if others are willing to take on the challenge ;)  I am
hopeful we as a community can overcome this.

just my insights.

PS.  Do any of you know of a polygon data showing Philippine postcode areas?

2009/3/22 Marloue Pidor <murlwe at mail2engineer.com>:
> Art,
> I think I know you, I'm from Neuraltech with George Tujan. I am also a
> contributor of OSM for Davao City and other provinces outside Davao. We will
> have an L & K session this March 28. We will talk about OSM and how to
> contribute the right way.
> Best regards,
> murlwe
> <-----Original Message----->
>>From: art esmeralda [artesmeralda at gmail.com]
>>Sent: 3/20/2009 3:14:42 PM
>>To: raw at develo.ltd.uk
>>Cc: talk-ph at openstreetmap.org
>>Subject: Re: [talk-ph] Proposed Philippine Postal Code System
>>Hi Everyone,
>>I am really fascinated with the quality of work this community is churning
>> out.
>>We happen to have some interns this summer, and I was thinking maybe guided
>> by
>>those already involved in mapping , here in Davao city they can contribute
>> to
>>some meaningful work.
>>The interns are savvy enough to operate Office applications and basic Java
>> and
>>VB but zero knowledge in Mapping and GIS. We have a list of things lined up
>> for
>>them to learn and try but I sincerely think this mapping endeavour will
>> really
>>My team and I are located in Davao City, if there is anyone willing to help
>> us
>>out, we have ready and able interns with sleeves rolled up ready to buckle
>> down
>>and get dirty. My email is artesmeralda at gmail dot com. And my cell phone
>>number is 0918.589.4822.
>>2009/3/20 Ronny Ager-Wick - Develo Ltd. <raw at develo.ltd.uk>
>>I have the following suggestion for new community controlled postal codes
>> in the
>>Phils, based on the UK system, but improved and modified to make more sense
>> in
>>the Phils and to be easier to read and less disputed...
>>Format: AAAA99A 9AA
>>Example: ABCD12E 3FG
>>AB = Province or Metropolitan Area
>>CD = Town
>>12 = district or section of town - divided using the method mentioned below
>>E = (optional) sub district, to be used when we run out of post codes in an
>> area
>>3 = sector within district
>>FG = unit within sector - generally a limited section of a street with 1 to
>> 100
>>or so houses
>>Here's a further description of the above:
>>AB = Province or Metropolitan Area
>>A two letter acronym for each province. Must be carefully compiled to be as
>>logical as possible. I have focussed on unique characters in the name, the
>> first
>>letter always being the same as the first letter of the name.
>>AB = Abra
>>AN = Agusan del Norte
>>AS = Agusan del Sur
>>AK = Aklan
>>AL = Albay
>>AQ = Antique
>>AY = Apayao
>>AU = Aurora
>>BS = Basilan
>>BA = Bataan
>>BT = Batanes
>>BN = Batangas
>>BG = Benguet
>>BI = Biliran
>>BH = Bohol
>>BK = Bukidnon
>>BC = Bulacan
>>MM = Metro Manila
>>PP = Pampanga
>>CD = Town
>>Two char acronym for town within province:
>>(Metro Manila)
>>CO = Caloocan
>>LP = Las Piñas
>>MK = Makati
>>MB = Malabon
>>MY = Mandaluyong
>>MN = Manila
>>MR = Marikina
>>ML = Muntinlupa
>>NV = Navotas
>>PQ = Parañaque
>>PY = Pasay
>>PS = Pasig
>>PT = Pateros
>>QC = Quezon City
>>SJ = San Juan
>>TG = Taguig
>>VZ = Valenzuela
>>AC = Angeles City[1]
>>SF = City of San Fernando[2]
>>AP = Apalit
>>AY = Arayat
>>BC = Bacolor
>>CD = Candaba
>>FB = Floridablanca
>>GG = Guagua
>>LB = Lubao
>>MB = Mabalacat
>>MC = Macabebe
>>MG = Magalang
>>MS = Masantol
>>MX = Mexico
>>MN = Minalin
>>PR = Porac
>>SL = San Luis
>>SS = San Simon
>>SA = Santa Ana
>>SR = Santa Rita
>>ST = Santo Tomas
>>SS = Sasmuan
>>12 = district or section of town
>>I propose instead of assigning seemingly random numbers, like is the case
>> here
>>in the UK, we could have a bit mor structured approach. We'll start at the
>> town
>>center, which in the province towns probably could be the town hall or some
>>other obvious center. In the metropolitan areas it matters less and we
>> could
>>probably go for a geographical center.
>>First digit - distance from town center
>>0 = postal codes surrounding town center.
>>1 = nearest circle around town center
>>9 = 9th circle
>>we could also go on to letters if needed
>>Second digit - direction
>>(hope all can see my compass)
>> 0
>> 9 N 1
>>8 ___|___ 2
>>7 | 3
>> 6 S 4
>> 5
>>We could also go for the more well known clock style, using A for 11 and B
>> for
>>12 - but B might be confused with 8...
>>So this would give us, for example:
>>MMQC05 3AQ - Metro Manila / Quezon City, Just south of the selected center
>>MMMK25 9XD - Metro Manila / Makati, southern part, not too far from the
>> center
>>PPMG92 0AB - Pampanga / Magalang, far away barrio (distance 9), East and
>>possibly slightly north of the town center
>>PPMX00 0AA - Pampanga / Mexico, town center (or just north of it if you
>> want to
>>be exact)
>>Obviously, within a post code, house number are unique and post codes
>> should
>>generally not span more than one street.
>>Criticism is openly accepted!
>>In fact, I'll give some already (with answers), but please give more:
>>- The post codes are long - we might need to skip a digit for example the
>> sector
>>(the 7th digit), as we've already sliced it up so well anyway, plus we
>> always
>>have the optional sub district if needed.
>>- instead of MMQC and PPMG, we could use a single or double character
>> town/city
>>name like they do in the UK, only assigning this code to a handful big
>> cities
>>(smaller towns being under the big city's postcode system), saving us 2
>>characters (Yes, but that has caused many disputes, which is going to make
>> it
>>difficult to get people to adapt the system - see
>>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_postcodes . Also, the place names in the
>>Philippines are a lot more duplicated than they are in the UK, hence the
>> use of
>>Province/Metropolitan Area prefix)
>>- what if there are border changes or disputes? (they will have to live
>> with two
>>postcodes for a while, until things settle down)
>>- what about adding a checksum digit so a postcode can be verified
>>electronically (could do, but it will add yet another digit)
>>- what about non-geographic postal codes, like a permanent post code for a
>> big
>>company or government organization? (we could consider not offering them,
>>because it gets messy, or we could use letters instead of numbers in the
>>district (distance+direction) code)
>>- This is ridiculous! who will need this? (Mail order companies, Couriers,
>>Direct Marketing companies, Government, Post office, any company or person
>>delivering anything to a person they don't already know, YOU (enter the
>> postal
>>code on your GPS and go straight to the door!)
>>- who will assign the numbers? (we, the community, in an open and
>> democratic way)
>>Best regards,
>>Ronny Ager-Wick
>>Develo Ltd
>>talk-ph mailing list
>>talk-ph at openstreetmap.org
>>Art Trillanes Esmeralda Jr
>>Operations Manager
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