Friday, May 13, 2016
"My name is Ervin Malicdem, a Superman and a Scientist". This is how I call my self like an answering machine whenever someone ask my name when I was only four years old.
It has been my childhood dream to fly and become a scientist as far as my memory takes me back. I've been exposed to encyclopedias and been reading them instead of watching cartoons in TV. And when my parents gave me shopping money during Christmas season, instead of buying toys, I went to the bookstore to buy any hard-bound book about space, constellations, and maps. What led me from Mapping Advocacy to Disaster Risk Reduction Management?
Friday, February 19, 2016
October of last year, I was challenged by a real-estate developer to which its mother-project is located at a large swath of land in Cavite by filing a complaint against me for allegedly committing a crime on this newly minted RA10175 law including cyber-libel on one of its sections. This is amidst using facts from scientific data and observations. This is with a purpose to make people aware on all aspects of its reality so as to help future buyers discern what they are about to undertake or for current home owners to make preparations with the impending dangers of living in the community.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Rivaled as by Nangtud as the tallest mountain of Panay Island in the Visayas, situated at Culasi, Antique, Mount Madjaas is one of the difficult climbs in the country yet provides one of the best views at its summit. Probably with its romantic scenery, this mapping expedition turned to a romantic twist which will forever be a memory to behold and to re-live.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
November 17, 2015
It is Geography Awareness Week in the Philippines... where geography and maps provide a vital role for the community and the whole country itself. The Mozilla Foundation in the Philippines has realized the importance of the combination of opensource, crowdsource, and a map. And with this, they have partnered with the Map the Philippines Project and OpenStreetMap Philippines to provide and introduction talk to maps and its importance to the country.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
On to our latest iteration of the frequently updated GPS routable map of the Philippines, we have changed from a rainbow-colored road theme to a red-orange-yellow-white roads. This enhances visibility of more elements while you are driving with your GPS-assisted device or trekking the mountains of the Philippines.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
The Real-estate business and Cyber Crime Law in the Philippines hampering Disaster Risk Reduction Efforts
As the country is disaster-prone being situated within the Pacific Ring of Fire, at the edge of the Pacific plate, and frequently visited by typhoons during the rainy season, by 2012, the government has started to focus on its efforts for disaster risk reduction by investing on instruments, tools and research; in the hope of completely mapping out the whole country for disaster preparedness. Also in the same year, the cyber crime law (RA10175) was enacted which penalizes the use of the internet for criminal purposes. Although the law is a leap for the Philippines, the congress has added versions to it which tags libel as a criminal offense; which is deemed detrimental to freedom of expression to which the United Nations strongly opposes. Lately, this same law is being used by a certain real-estate company to protect its interest.