Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


1. What is the DSWD MapViewer?

The DSWD MapViewer is the Department’s online interactive platform for viewing maps developed by its Geographic Information Systems (GIS) personnel. Through this WebGIS platform, DSWD maps are made available to everyone. It may be accessed through this link.

2. What are the MapViewer tools and how can I use them?

The MapViewer tools are the interactive tools which the users may apply when accessing the maps to get further information based on their specific needs.  For example, a user may toggle a layer from the Map Legend on/off based on what he prefers to be displayed on the map. These tools and their uses are listed on this link.

3. Where can I find the available maps?

The list of available maps on the DSWD MapViewer can be found on the DSWD MapViewer homepage. Also, the maps are categorized and listed on the tabs in the DSWD MapViewer Page. You may access the maps by hovering your cursor on the dropdown arrow beside a category, or by clicking a category itself.  This will show the list of available maps under that category.

4. Can I share a map on social media or other websites?

Yes, you may share a map by copying the url of the map and pasting it on your sharing platform. You may also share a map by clicking the “Share This Map” icon on the MapViewer Tools beside the Map Legend which will generate links for social sharing and embedding. The generated link can be copied and pasted on your social media accounts and websites . Users have the option to either use the default or current zoom level of the map.

5. How can I print a map from the DSWD MapViewer?

Set the map display according to your preferred map coverage then click the [Printer Icon] beside the Map Legend. Click “Generate” to generate your desired map print area to PDF.

6. How can I download the map data?

You may download the available data by clicking the “Data” icon on the top left part of the map interface. All geospatial datasets are also listed on the Data Downloads page. Please note that not all data are available for download through the DSWD Mapviewer due to data confidentiality. In this case, you may email us through or visit the contact page for data download inquiries.

7. Who do I contact if I am looking for a map that is not on the DSWD MapViewer, or  if I notice inconsistencies or errors?

You may contact the GIS Team via email through or visit the contact page.

8. If I am from DSWD, how can I request for a printed or interactive map about my data?

Please call the IMB GIS Unit for further information.


For other questions and concerns, please visit our contact page.