→Map Editing Guide for the Philippines
## Refer to the Philippines TTS List for a complete list of supported abbreviations <nowiki>https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FsYSMh1aR7l-ZF9NAHT63h8xSVFD5S8ixeJlsM98o4w/edit?usp=sharing</nowiki>
# When naming streets, omit "City" and "Street". e.g. "Pasig City" to "Pasig" only and "Dela Rosa Street" to "Dela Rosa" only. Except when they are not "Streets" like "Kamias Road", "Aurora Boulevard", "Ayala Avenue", etc. If you are going to abbreviate, make sure you follow [https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/lv?key=0AgVtBjo5tTNgdG5vVHN5RmVzaWdlWk1VLTRzYUhGN0E< Waze Abbreviations and TTS] standards so that our street names are ready for TTS (Text To Speech). '''The City field should only contain the CITY or MUNICIPAL Name and NOT the AREA''''', '''''SUBDIVISION, DISTRICT or BARANGAY NAME nor should it be combined with the PROVINCIAL Name.''' Please give extra care on labeling the '''City''' of your edits. Unlike '''Street''' names which reflects edits (or corrections) quicker and appears on the next update, City names unfortunately embeds much longer on the City tiles in the servers. So misspelled City names reflected during an update will appear for a long time in the client (waze) despite any corrections made. Kindly stick to the '''official''' (but shortest possible) name of the jurisdiction being edited. Also, if you are unsure of the political boundaries of the '''"city"''' you are editing, ''leave it'' at that for the moment. let's leave it to the more experienced and knowledgeable editors to sort this matter out. Another matter of city labels, we omit the "city" to derive the shortest possible official political name of the area. The only exceptions are ''Quezon, Cebu, Davao, Cavite'', etc as these cities have a provincial counterpart. This will distinguish ''Quezon City'' with the province of ''Quezon'', ''Cebu City'' with the province of ''Cebu'', and so on. All other cities or municipalities will stand on its own without the label "City" or "Municipality", provided it does not have a same Province name. Currently waze has a global issue with cities having duplicate names (with the exception of North America). We are hoping to resolve this in the future by having the Province label (equivalent to State) activated. For the time being, to address this issue, the province's initial, to which the city or municipality belongs to, is added (suffixed) to the name. e.g. Alaminos (L) for ''Laguna'', Alaminos (P) for ''Pangasinan''. Kindly refer to this link of '''[https://www.facebook.com/groups/WazePhilippines/doc/494500773906457 repeating city names]''' for a complete listing of all the cities and municipalities within the Philippines.
# '''Do not split roads unless''' they are Expressways, Major, and Minor Highways. Even if they are Major or Minor highways, do not split them if they do not have wide median barriers. Split roads complicate routes and are harder to maintain. Some formal guidelines for splitting roads in the Philippines - A
road ''should''' be split if:
#* There is at least 5 meters of non-drivable surface between directions of travel. (This means a median of some type like cement, planter boxes, trees, or just grass.
#* GPS tracks show a clearly definable gap/blank area between the color-by-azimuth arrows at the 100m zoom level.
#* There are a lot of roads intersecting which can only turn onto the nearest direction of travel.
#* Google Maps or other mapping source show it as a split road
#* The non-drivable median is interrupted by a cross segment at most intersections. '''Turn Lanes or at-grade connectors''' - First and foremost, the need to have the turn lanes mapped needs to be established. As the driver approaches an intersection, Waze has usually given at least one warning that a turn is imminent, and we can assume that the driver is already looking for turn lanes. For most intersections, that is enough to guide the driver into the proper lane and to turn at the proper time; in other words, it is enough that the two roads intersect without separately mapped turning lanes. There are only a few situations in which connectors are called for in an intersection:
#* When the turn lane physically separates from the main road well in advance of the intersection
#* When the turn lane is far enough from the point of intersection on the map (due to the size of the intersection or the angle at which the roads meet) that the driver might overshoot while waiting for a delayed "turn" audible, or that the Waze client might become confused and disrupt navigation
#* When in doubt, leave it out. Each connector complicates the map and adds to your workload when the time comes to check connectivity, direction, name, etc
# When you are confident on an area you have mapped,'''lock the roads''' to prevent any changes or edits on the roads. While we appreciate the help of newbie waze editors in editing our maps, they are prone to creating errors if not informed and educated properly on our map editing guidelines. It would be great if we can direct them to read this guide first before they start doing any edits. Read the [https://wiki.waze.com/wiki/Philippines/Locking Phillipine Locking Policy] for more details.
Area Places , Point Places, and Gas Stations''' ; When adding Places, make sure their location is properly identified through the add Area Places draw function and add the address in the details as well. If an Area Place will cover beyond a city's/minicipality's boundary or will cover more than one city/municipality, mark the city address as none. For bodies of water like creeks, rivers, lakes, sea, etc. mark the city address as none, this is so that their area will not be added to the city tile. The main differences for these are; '''Area Places''' - These primarily POI locators but also serve another function on the Waze map. They serve as '''navigation aids and cues''' so if a landmark serves as a navigation cue and is more than '''50m on it's X or Y coordinates''', you can add it. If it is smaller than 50m, consider adding a Point Place. Compounds and buildings fall into this place type. Parking lots should also be an Area Place and NOT a Point Place. Area place geometry should cover only the exact area of the place. Do not stretch the geometry to where it's borders touch or overlap segments. Road types are rendered differently so all segments appear the same on WME but will be displayed differently on the client app.
# '''KISS! - Keep It Simple, Stupid'''! Our maps should work best if they are kept simple rather than complex, therefore simplicity should be the main objective in our maps and unnecessary complexity should be avoided.