Philippines/Mapping conventions

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This page contains a summary of the Philippine-specific mapping conventions. As much as possible, mapping and tagging should follow the conventions set by the OpenStreetMap community as a whole, such as indicated in pages like Map Features, Feature Index, and Editing Standards and Conventions. Where these conventions need clarifications in the Philippine context, this page documents such conventions as agreed upon by the WikiProject Philippines community.


Main article: Philippines/Mapping conventions/Roads
motorway trunk primary secondary tertiary
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Controlled or limited-access highways, including most of the expressway network.

Segments of such expressways that do not fulfill the controlled-access requirement may be downgraded to trunk (see below).

Highways between major cities (with population of 100,000+ in the 2015 census), expressway sections that do not satisfy the controlled-access criteria, and roads resembling expressways (with ramps, U-turns replacing left turns across median, and flyovers/overpasses/underpasses at major intersections/junctions).
  • Minimum of two lanes. Don't need to be divided.
  • Usually assigned one or two-digit route numbers, e.g. non-controlled-access segments of Asian Highway 26, Maharlika Highway (Route 1), MacArthur Highway/Manila North Road (Route 2), Butuan-Cagayan de Oro-Iligan-Pagadian Road (Route 9). Urban segments of such routes, usually major thoroughfares, are also tagged as such.
  • Expressways that fit this classification must not be covered by the default restrictions covering such roads. For example, South Luzon Expressway (SLEX/Skyway At-grade) between Magallanes and Nichols interchanges.
  • If any road fulfills the partial control of access requirement for a significant distance, consider upgrading to trunk. A single overpass/flyover, underpass, or ramp does not guarantee a certain road may be considered trunk.
Highway between small cities and large town centers in rural areas, and major thoroughfares in urban areas.
  • Usually those with three-digit route numbers
  • Typical features shoulders at the right side, and have a minimum of two lanes. Again, they do not need to be divided.
  • Intersections may have traffic lights in urban areas, but are usually uncontrolled elsewhere.
Highway linking small town centers in rural areas, and minor arteries in urban areas.
  • Have medium traffic volumes
  • Minimum of two lanes. May not have a paved shoulder. Some are unpaved.
  • Usually roads maintained by provinces or city/municipal governments.
Roads connecting barangays with each other in rural areas, and collector roads in urban areas.
  • Minimum of one lane. May be unpaved.
  • Have winding alignments and traffic calming to discourage through traffic
  • Lower traffic speeds.
  • Usually lined with houses

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Any road that is not a highway, arterial, collector, or residential street.


  • Mixed-use local streets
  • Rural roads providing access to remote sitios/puroks or house clusters
  • Streets in a central business district (CBD)

Should not be used where the classification is unknown (there is highway=road for that).

Any typical road whose primary purpose is to serve houses within a residential area
Special access roads with specific function:
  • Utility service alleys
  • Cemetery roads
  • Parking-aisles
  • Alleyways
  • Driveways
  • Most irrigation canal access roads
4x4-only roads or agricultural tracks, tends to turn muddy during rainy season.

Should not be used for any unpaved minor road, which must be tagged according to their purpose.

There are also special exceptions for some small provinces (usually island or archipelagic ones), where there may be no roads that satisfy trunk or primary classification. The highest classification applicable depends on the network.

Region, province, or city/municipality pages will note correspondences for each class to supplement the overall guidelines, especially exceptions to the guidelines.

In the scheme adopted in 2015, living_street was used for any road where people are allowed to cross the street or traffic movement is slowed by roadside obstructions such as vendors or tricycle stands. This usage, also found in other developing countries, is however, contentious (see Talk:tag:highway=living_street#Include definition used in some developing countries). In addition, most what can be tagged as such are now cleared of obstructions, and Philippine traffic law (the Land Transportation and Traffic Code) does not have a concept similar to living street. Thus, it is safely deprecated in the present scheme.


Tagging access restrictions on barriers
Main article: key:access

Access restrictions may be mapped on nodes representing the barrier and ways covered by the restriction.

Tagging access restrictions on barriers only was once recommended, but no longer applicable with improvements in routing, especially in roads tagged access=private. Nevertheless, whether to tag access on nodes, ways, or both is up to the user.

Value Description
private Permission from owner required, form of authorization (like sticker/decal or vehicle pass/permit) required, or restricted to a certain group of people (e.g. residents, members, employees). May involve checking in to security.

Common signs: No sticker/decal/pass, no entry, no trespassing, authorized personnel/members/residents only

no No access at all times, or road/walkway temporarily closed
permissive Open under conditions from owner (e.g. in subdivisions allowing thru traffic at certain times)
destination No traffic restrictions, but local traffic only.

Common signs: No pass-thru

Time-limited access (e.g. on gates, one-ways, parking, etc.)

See Key:access for tagging conditional restrictions, such as gate opening times (where signed or known) or one-way traffic on certain days.

Bridges and tunnel names

Bridges and tunnel names must be placed in a tag bridge:name=* and tunnel:name=* respectively. While the name=* tag must take the name of the road.
Exemption: If the bridge or tunnel is a historical landmark then their names can be placed directly on the name tag (e.g. Imus Bridge - site of the Battle of Imus in 1896)

Kilometer posts and welcome signs/arches

Tag yellow kilometer posts along highways with highway=milestone. name=* must be KMXXX where XXX is the distance written on the post. distance=* is the number of kilometers distance from KM 0 at Luneta Park (previously pk=*) or other similar point in islands not served by Asian Highway 26.

Welcome arches or signs (often indicating "welcome", "good-bye", or "thank you" signs) are ways with the tags: man_made=gantry + level=1. Add name=* as appropriate.

See also


Place names: Spell place names as what signs, locals, or other sources say. Some specific guidelines are:

  • Provinces: Do not append with the prefix Province of ... or the suffix ... Province, with the exception of Mountain Province.
  • Cities: Do not append the prefix City of ... or the suffix ... City (e.g. Baguio, Manila, Muñoz, Samal, not Baguio City, City of Manila, Science City of Muñoz, Island Garden City of Samal), unless there is a similarly-named province, including former ones (e.g. Quezon City, Cebu City, Davao City, Iloilo City, Batangas City, Isabela City, Surigao City).
  • Municipalities: Do not append the prefix Municipality of ... or the suffix ... Municipality, even where there is a similarly-named province.
  • Barangays: Do not append the prefix Barangay ..., except for alpha-numeric barangays.
  • Sitios/puroks: Do not append the prefix Sitio/Purok ... unless it is the common usage (where the prefix becomes an inseparable part of the name).
  • Subdivisions: Do not append the suffix ... Subdivision unless it's an inseparable part of the name.

Common name affixes and abbreviations

  • Santa/Sta., Santo/Sto., San/Sn., Maria/Ma., General/Gen., Congressman/Cong., Governor/Gov., President/Pres., Representative/Rep., Senator/Sen. Spell them as they are written in full (e.g. Santa Maria, not Sta. Maria; Santo Tomas, not Sto. Tomas; San Jose, not Sn. Jose; Maria Aurora, not Ma. Aurora; General Luna, not Gen. Luna, President Roxas not Pres. Roxas), regardless what signs usually say, with a few exceptions.
  • Saint/St., Doctor/Dr., Doctora/Dra. and other common English name prefixes, and suffixes Sr. and Jr.: Follow the advice in Names#Abbreviation (don't do it): do not expand into "Saint" where it results in an incorrect name. If signs or usage in local media normally keep the abbreviation, keep it as it is.

Road/street names:

Some considerations on road/street names:

  • Street names on official signs and place addresses may conflict with each other. Signs or place addresses may also refer to the road through various forms.
  • Names may not fit the maximum length of street signs.
  • Outside of urbanized areas, roads are commonly referred to by the major destination[s] they serve or the entity maintaining them, and names such as "National Road/Highway" or "[place A]-[place B] Road" (also used on official names) are not uncommon. Those may (or may not be) used in rural addresses.

One common third-world approach on the issue on street names is to drop suffixes where possible (following spoken/colloquial usage), but this is not something unique to developing countries, and names without the suffixes can be a problem when mapping addresses. Try to use the full name as possible (as found on signs or business addresses), but avoid abbreviations. Where there are multiple variants of the same road name, use the shortest and most convenient form as possible.

Exits/interchanges on expressways and similar roads:

  • Tag exit or interchange names on a highway=motorway_junction node on the start of the exit ramp. The ramps (_link roads) should not be named or tagged with a route number (ref=*).
  • Drop the "Exit" suffix from exit names, and "Interchange" from interchange names, except if it is an inseparable part of the name (e.g. on some major interchanges).

Chains: Use the brand on the sign (e.g. Jollibee, 7-Eleven, Metrobank, BDO, Mercury Drug, Petron, Caltex), and avoid putting branch info (put it on branch=*). A good exception is for big-box locations such as mall chains (where the branch names is an integral part of the name), but not supermarkets.

Vehicle dealers: Varies, but there is a common mistake of using the brand as the name, especially on car dealers.

  • For most car dealers, use the full dealer name, not just the brand (e.g. Ford Manila Bay, not Ford).
  • Other dealers may have unique names that do not include the brand name (and are usually tagged as operator=* if the common dealer name mentions the brand). This is common with those selling motorcycles or second-hand/"surplus" vehicles, distributors of trucks, buses or heavy equipment, and as some car dealers (e.g. Mitsubishi dealers by the Citimotors group).
  • Some exceptions apply for dealership chains (e.g. Motortrade, Rusi, Autokid), where guidelines on chains apply.

Land use

Description Tags used Example
Residential - An urban area within a city or municipality principally for dwelling/housing purposes. Residential zones can be subdivided into areas of Low, Medium or High Density. Socialized Housing - An area used mainly for dwelling/ housing purposes for the underprivileged. landuse=residential
Commercial - An urban area within a city or municipality for trading/services/ business purposes. Commercial zones can be subdivided into areas of Low, Medium and High Density. For areas that are mostly offices - landuse=commercial. For are that are mostly retail shops - landuse=retail
Industrial - An urban area within a city or municipality for industrial purposes. Industrial zones can be subdivided into areas of Light, Medium and Heavy. landuse=industrial
Institutional - An urban area within a city or municipality principally for institutional establishments. Institutional zones can be subdivided in to General and Special. landuse=institutional. Areas used in public/civic management (e.g. local or national government office complexes, "city hall complexes") are more appropriately tagged tas landuse=civic_admin, although many of this type is often tagged as landuse=commercial
Agricultural - An area within a city or municipality intended for cultivation/fishing and pastoral activities. For rice fields - landuse=farmland crop=rice, and extended tags: natural=wetland and wetland=flooded_crops For fishponds and alikes - landuse=aquaculture+natural=water+water=pond+aquaculture=fish. For poultry - landuse=farmland livestock=poultry+poultry=chicken
Agro-Industrial - An area within a city or municipality intended primarily for integrated farm operations and related product processing activities. landuse=industrial
Forest - An area within a city or municipality primarily intended for forest purposes. landcover=trees This may, or may not be a forest, which could be an important distinction. If you know they are, use landuse=forest
Park and other Recreation An area designed for diversion/amusements and for maintenance of ecological balance of the community. landuse=recreation_ground
Water - Bodies of water within cities and municipalities which include rivers, streams, lakes and seas. No applicable landuse tags. Tag as appropriate: They may be waterway=river, waterway=stream, natural=water+water=pond
Tourism - Sites within cities and municipalities endowed with natural or manmade physical attributes and resources that are conducive to recreation, leisure and other wholesome activities. No applicable landuse tags. Tag as appropriate: tourism=attraction
Mining landuse=mining or landuse=quarry resource=aggregate

From the government official landuse zoning

Administrative boundaries

Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Philippines N/A National Border Regions Provinces Sangguniang Panlalawigan districts (if any) Cities and Municipalities/Towns Sangguniang Panlungsod/Bayan districts (if any) Other administrative districts (if any) Zones (if any) Barangays Sitios/Puroks (if any, but only if boundaries are defined)
  • Use relations for tagging administrative boundaries, discussions here and here

Relation tags:

Barangay names

Tag them as:


tag them as:

Town Hall Naming

Political division Tags used Example
Cities amenity=townhall; name=<name of city> City Hall; townhall:type=city Baguio City Hall
Municipalities/Towns amenity=townhall; name=<name of municipality> Municipal Hall; townhall:type=town Silang Municipal Hall, Cavite
Barangays amenity=townhall; name=<name of barangay> Barangay Hall; townhall:type=village; West Triangle Barangay Hall, Quezon City
Barangays whose names are numbers amenity=townhall; name=Barangay <number of barangay> Hall; townhall:type=village Barangay 8 Hall, Pasay City

Notes and links: Tag:amenity=townhall
Remark: A amenity=townhall POI will not appear on the standard osm map. A polygon will appear.


For recommended tagging for schools, especially public schools, see Philippines/Mapping conventions/Education.

Philippines-specific tags for amenities, shops and other POI's

This portion documents map features that mostly apply to the Philippines. As general rule, we always adapt what is contained in the Map Features. In cases where we cannot find a similar match, we used this as a guide.

Instead of strictly categorizing tags with similar keys eg. amenity, shop, tourism..., we are experimenting on a fuzzy definition of grouping "closely-related tags" either by industry, by interest, or relevance to particular groups of mappers etc., in order to develop a more intuitive OSM PH-tagging guide. This experimental grouping hopes to aid new mappers to identify small/minor differences (in element/s) among and between two or more closely-related, similarly-named or ambiguous, rarely-used, fairly-new, or uniquely-PH-only tags.

Some key-values are also given familiar brand-name examples found in PH. This is NOT to promote or advertise any establishments mentioned, but to train the brain for quick association and visualization of the tags' typical and real-world counterparts in the Philippines. This may also help in discussions where there are conflicts of interpretations, or personal biases over which tag/s should represent what.

New mappers can have an option to study a few but relevant closely-related tags, based on their particular interests, lessening the danger of using unrelated or erroneous tags, shortening the learning curve.

Public transportation/automobile-related establishments

Description Tag(s) Notes
Tricycle terminal amenity=tricycle_station

Also called toda, after the acronym for "Tricycle Operators and Drivers' Association", the organizations that run the terminals.

Proposed, 2016-03: amenity=taxi motorcar=no Use motorcycle=no tricycle, motorcycle=yes for "habal-habal" terminals.

Bus, jeepney, or UV Express terminals/Unified or integrated transport terminal amenity=bus_station Starting point or destination of city or provincial buses, jeepneys, and UV Express (passenger minivans)

Does not refer to depots (aka "motor pools") or overnight parking (non-terminals), which are tagged landuse=industrial+industrial=depot.
Bus/jeepney stop or designated "Loading & Unloading" area highway=bus_stop

In Tagalog: "sakayan/babaan"

May have waiting shed (shelter), but others may only have signs. Name should either one used on signs (on the stop itself or on vehicles), ones used when requesting a stop or bus conductors call.

Pedicab/trisikad/padyak stand amenity=taxi
Cycle rickshaws, a form of bicycle taxi.
Habal-habal/skylab stand amenity=taxi
Motorcycle taxi.
Gas station
(unleaded, diesel, kerosene)

name=* (brand_name)
branch=* (branch_name)
operator=* (registered business name)

name=* should not include branch_name eg. Petron, Caltex, Shell, Total, Seaoil, etc.
branch=* refers to unique branch_location_name written on gas receipt (not the address).
brand=* is optional on cases where other names are used for the name=*. Although not recommended (redundant info), since name=* is already equal to brand_name as seen on signs.

For a shop that sell propane (LPG) canisters, use a separate node with shop=gas

Auto LPG amenity=fuel
By default, Philippine gas stations do not sell auto LPG, except when tagged with fuel:lpg=yes
Informal gasoline sellers amenity=fuel Typically sells fuel in 1-liter recycled soft drink/liquor bottles.

Common along roadside in remote areas.

Motorcycle/tricycle shop shop=motorcycle Sells motorcycles or tricycle units, accessories, and parts or provides repair services.
Car dealer/showroom shop=car Provides also parts or services. Some only sell cars, and don't provide parts & repair services.
Car exchange
(Used/reconditioned cars or trucks)
Sells or trades in used cars or trucks
Auto supply (car parts) store shop=car_parts
Japan surplus or "direct importer"
Surplus car/truck parts dealer
Common term to describe sellers of used/second-hand foreign (usually Japanese) or "surplus" cars or trucks, and parts. Why they always need to mention "Direct Importer" is unknown.
Car accessories shop=car_parts
Sells window tint, mats, audio, lights, decorative stickers/decals, etc.
Mechanic/Motor works
Engine tune-up/overhaul
Diesel calibration
Automobile electrical system repair
Also called "talyer" in most Philippine languages.
Car air conditioner/radiator shop
Muffler/header repair
Car battery shop shop=car_parts
Exclusively sells car/truck/industrial batteries. Are equipped with basic battery/alternator tester. Some may accept trade-in of used batteries (recyclers).

Many tire shops & auto supply (car parts) stores also sell car batteries.

Tire shop, vulcanizing or retreading/recapping service shop=tyres; If vulcanizing service is available, add tag repair=yes Sells tires, rims and tire mags with any of following related services: tire balancing, vulcanizing, wheel alignment, and retreading.

Sample Exception:
'Goodyear Servitek' is known for tires, but is actually a
total car-maintenance shop, doing tune-ups, change-oil, engine repairs, etc.) tag as
shop=car_repair with car_repair=tyres

Tow truck/wrecker service
Impounding area (Vehicles)
landuse=industrial + industrial=depot
Emission testing center amenity=vehicle_inspection A facility where vehicle is inspected to ensure that it conforms to regulations governing safety, emissions, or both. (E.g. "Emissions testing centers")

Tradesmen, Hardware, builders & industrial shops

Description Tag(s) Notes
Builder's depot
shop=trade One-stop-shop for hardware, lighting, electrical supplies, plumbing, bathroom fixtures, tiles, building materials, etc., but normally does not sell cement, gravel & sand.

eg. Wilcon, MC Home Depot
Construction supply (sells any of ff. building materials:)
  • cement
  • aggregates / gravel & sand
  • filling materials (panambak)
  • fumber
  • iron bars / deformed bars / galvanized iron sheets
shop=trade Tag as shop=trade if selling more building materials (than tools & equipments); else tag as hardware shop=hardware

Clue: offering "Cement, Gravel & Sand" differentiates it from a typical hardware store.
  • Handyman's/Tradesman's tools, gear & equipment
  • Screws, nails, glue, plumbing kits, etc.
  • Lighting & electrical supply
  • non-automotive gear, belts, pulleys, and lubricants
  • Power tools, pumps, portable generators, etc.
shop=hardware or shop=doityourself Primarily sells tools and/or materials that any handyman uses; or selling parts and mechanisms of any non-automotive machine; else if not, it's probably an auto supply (car parts) store, see shop=car_parts If it sells substantial quantity of building materials, it's an construction supply store, tag as shop=trade
Bolts & nuts / screw master shop=hardware Sells special screws, bolts & nuts, rivets & fasteners (for car, machines, furniture, constructions, etc.)
Machine shop/engine rebuilder industrial=machine_shop Precision engineering, metal works, & welding; engine rebuilding, etc.

For "common welding", tag as craft=metal_construction)
Steel/metal fabricator
(modern blacksmith)
or craft=tinsmith
Mass production of equipment/parts such as metal racks, water tanks, animal cages, conveyors, mixers, furniture parts, etc. which normally requires lesser-precision compared to Machinist's work.
For fabricators of motorcycle mufflers & sidecars, use shop=motorcycle
Iron works / welding shop
("Common Welder")
craft=metal_construction Customized handrails, gates, windows frames, ramps, spiral stairs and similar things made from iron, which form parts of a house or building.
Roof/ceiling & insulation contractors/suppliers craft=roofer or craft=insulation One-stop-shop roofing-material contractors
Sash factory (wooden door/window frames)/wood parquet shop=trade; also see craft=parquet_layer Sash factory makes custom wooden door jambs/frames.
Glass & aluminum supply
craft=window_construction Refers to a Fabricator Shop specializing in Glass/Aluminum Windows and Doors; Aluminum Grills and Screen Doors. Sells customized glass & mirrors. Typically sells aluminum tubes.
Industrial gas supplier
(acetylene, industrial/medical Oxygen, special gases)
shop=gas Sells/refills acetylene, oxygen, helium, carbon dioxide, industrial LPG, etc.
Tile shop shop=trade Sells tiles and tile grout. Examples include Eurotiles, Mariwasa, The Tile Depot, etc.

Money, finance, and business services

Description Tag(s) Notes
Bank amenity=bank + atm=yes May have ATMs, currency exchange service, and other financial services including payments, money transfers, etc.
Off-site ATM amenity=atm Off-site ATMs. For cash deposit machines add cash_in=yes.
Lending shop=money_lender eg. microfinance, credit cooperatives, lending companies.
Pawnshop shop=pawnbroker Many pawnshops include auxilliary services like currency exchange, money changer, money transfer, and remittance
Money changer / Forex amenity=bureau_de_change Establishments offering currency exchange as the primary form of business. See: amenity=payment_centre or shop=pawnbroker
Money transfer
  • Western Union/WU
  • Remittance centers
    eg. LBC Remit, Smart Padala, G-Cash Outlet, etc.
amenity=money_transfer Many pawnshops are also "agents" of Western Union,
or have their own remittance/money transfer business.

Pawnshops in the Philippines also serve as remittance centers.

Some courier services (eg. LBC) and convenience stores
(eg. 7-Eleven for G-Cash) also act as remittance agents.

Business services center
  • Bayad Center (bills payment center)
  • SM Bills Payment (one-stop shop)
amenity=payment_centre Meralco's Bayad Center or SM Bills Payment are examples of all-in-one, non-bank payment centers also offering foreign exchange, remittance, e-Government services, and payment of many other public and private services.
Courier services/post offices amenity=post_office
Examples of brands: LBC, Air21, 2Go, Johnny Air Cargo

Establishments operated by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) are also tagged with operator:type=public .

Logistics service office=logistics An office for a forwarder or haulers.

Food and beverage stores

Description Tag(s) Notes
Take-out only restaurants amenity=fast_food + takeaway=only Food business which only provide take-out food orders, and no dine-in facilities, e.g. Andok's, Lydia's
Kakanin shops (sweets, pasalubong)
(native sweets/delicacy/pastries)
shop=confectionery Sells kakanin or rice cakes such as bibingka (rice pancakes), suman, etc. eg. Good Shepherd, Rowena's, Colette's Buko Pie.
Fruit stands shop=greengrocer fresh fruits & vegetables found along road-sides
Specialty food products
Cottage industry food products
(non-fruit pasalubong)
or shop=cottage_food if approved
Roadside stores selling local specialties or processed foods such as bagoong (shrimp paste), fish sauce, dried fish, mussels (tahong), live crabs, rock salt, local vinegar, etc.
Talipapa (neighborhood wet market) amenity=marketplace Sells fresh meat or fish, along with vegetables and/or fruits,
else if fruits & vegetables only, tag as shop=greengrocer
Convenience stores shop=convenience
opening_hours=24/7 (if open 24 hours)
Typically big-brand convenience stores,
with own supply chain management system
eg. 7-Eleven, Ministop, Alfamart, Shell Select,
Petron Treats, San Mig Food Ave., etc.
Sari-sari store shop=convenience Small or informal convenience store that sells a small subset of the items you would find in a supermarket or grocery. May also sell processed snacks, food ingredients, school supplies, cellphone loads, etc.
Bigasan (Rice Retailer/"Rice Center") see shop=food Shops that sell uncooked rice only, or primarily.
LPG (cooking gas) retailer shop=gas Sells propane (LPG) tanks/canisters for cooking. Different from shop=industrial_gas
Ice retailer shop=food Shops that primarily retails, sell ice (e.g. tube, block) .
Ice plant industrial=ice_factory + man_made=works + product=ice Manufacturing plant for ice, in various forms (block, tube, etc.). May also sell directly to consumers.
Bottled water services shop=water
This is for commercial retailers of potable water (e.g. purified water, mineral water, water station, water refill). For free to use water fountains use: amenity=drinking_water
Soft drinks & beverage dealer
Shakes, coconut water stalls/kiosks
shop=beverages normally sells per box or case (wholesale price); Zagu, coconut juice stalls in mountain trails

Coffee shops/cafés and other food shops (sells cake, burgers, fries, waffles) to which its primary product is still coffee amenity=cafe e.g. Starbucks, Subi-monte, Cafe Adriatico, Painitian (local coffee/chocolate shop chain in Dumaguete and surrounding region)
Tea shops (hot or cold). Serves tea or milk tea primarily shop=tea e.g. Gong Cha, Subi-montea, Chatime, Serenitea

Health care, wellness, and well-being (personal care, beauty, others)

Description Tag(s) Notes
Hospital healthcare=hospital + amenity=hospital
Clinic or poly-clinic healthcare=clinic + amenity=clinic "medium-sized combined medical centres and polyclinics with tens of doctors, nurses and associated staff"
Medical Doctor's (MD) office (clinic) healthcare=doctor + amenity=doctors Private or public small or specialized practice, with 1-10 staff.
Rural Health Unit (RHU) healthcare=doctor + amenity=doctors Small or specialized practice, with 1-10 staff.
Barangay Health Center healthcare=yes + opening_hours=* or service_times=*, if apt Smaller or rural health centers may not have permanent medical professionals. Add service_times=* for visiting schedule of medical professionals.
If permanently staffed by a primary healthcare worker, tag as appropriate (e.g. healthcare=community_health_worker, healthcare=midwife, healthcare=nurse, or healthcare=doctor).
Barangay Health Station healthcare=community_health_worker + opening_hours=* or service_times=*, if apt Public health facility in remote villages, staffed by health care workers with enough training to do their work, but are not medical professionals.
Add service_times=* for scheduled visists by medical professionals.
Dentist (including specialists: orthodontist, periodontist, etc.) amenity=dentist + healthcare=dentist
Maternity/birthing centers (paanakan)/lying-in clinic (non-clinical) operated by midwives healthcare=birthing_centre Has no emergency facilities
Midwife healthcare=midwife
Pharmacy/drug store amenity=pharmacy

Diagnostic / analytical laboratory (conducts tests on clinical specimens) healthcare=laboratory
Acupuncture clinic/acupuncturist amenity=clinic + healthcare=alternative + healthcare:specialty=acupuncture
Blood bank healthcare=blood_bank
Hairdresser/barbershop/salon/hair & make-up/stylist shop=hairdresser Stylists/Make-up Artists works in tandem with Hairdressers. You may add a customary male=yes for barbershops, although they would normally take in female customers, too.
Non-hairdresser beauty shop
(nail salon, foot spa, body spa & aromatherapy)
Cosmetic supplies
shop=beauty eg. Hortaleza Vaciador, nail spas, facial spas
Facial & skin care clinics (offers cosmetic surgery)
amenity=clinic eg. Let's Face It
Traditional massage / reflexology centers / all-body massage shop=massage eg. Bay Spa, Nurture Spa, Banahaw Heals Spa, Thai massage (full-body massage shops but non-chiropractors)
Herbal & food supplements shop=herbalist eg. Chinese drugstores, Healthy Options, GNC
Hilot (manghihilot / mangtatawas) amenity=alternative_medicine
see Osteopathy or Tui Na
Provides traditional therapeutic massage. See Hilot.

Emergency facilities and services

Description Tag(s) Notes
Evacuation Center, Emergency Shelters social_facility=shelter
Add this tag to elements that are officially designated as exclusive evacuation centers during emergencies, as short-term shelters. These facilities are only opened during emergencies, and are closed to the public during non-emergencies.
Facilities with secondary function as Evacuation Center emergency:social_facility=shelter
Add this tag to elements that are officially designated as short-term shelters during emergencies. The emergency: prefix is an indicator that the facility serves a primary function during non-emergencies (e.g. school, sports centres, churcy yard, sports pitches, etc.) other than an emergency shelter.
Temporary, Ad hoc, or Irregular Evacuation areas evacuation_center=yes or evacuation_center=YYYY-MM-DD Add this complementary tag to buildings, landuse, etc. used as ad hoc (temporary, irregular, etc) emergency shelter. Do not combine this tag with above-mentioned tags. Recommended: instead of 'yes' , use date in ISO format to indicate when the element was made a temporary shelter.
Temporary "Tent Cities" landuse=residential + temporary=yes + evacuation_center=yes Add this tag to polygons that define the residential areas for transitional housing of persons and families built with tents or temporary structures, and inhabited until the reconstruction process is completed.
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) office=government
Add amenity=rescue_station if they provide local rescue and emergencies services.
Government agency responsible for disaster preparedness, and response. Often involved in local, medical emergencies or rescue service. If the rescue station is separate from the office, create two separate features: Use office=government for the administrative office, and amenity=rescue_station for the rescue station.


Description Tag(s) Notes
Water Wells man_made=water_well Facility to access groundwater. If water is potable, add drinking_water=yes. If information about how the water is drawn is available, add pump=*
Water Taps man_made=water_tap Tag for communal water taps distributed from a centralized system. If water is potable, add drinking_water=yes.

Farm animal and pet industries

Description Tag(s) Notes
Pet shop / pet gooming & supplies shop=pet
Veterinary clinic/veterinarian amenity=veterinary
Poultry & livestock supplies
farm animal health products store
(feeds, medicines & farm equipment)
Industrial animal farm / Factory Farming
  • Poultry farm (live chickens/eggs)
  • Piggery
  • Cattle/goat farm
  • Duck/itik & quail/pugo farms (egg farms)
  • Gamefowl breeder
  • Intensive fish farming
For distinct/named individual farm, typical of PH industrial farms, use: place=farm

For buildings: building=farm_auxiliary
These farms sell live-animals to traders or public. They may also be engaged in 'Contract Growing' for a guaranteed-buyer, similar to Contract Farming

Alternative Tag: landuse=farmyard
Gamefarm amenity=animal_breeding + animal_breeding=gamecock Farm for breeding fowls used in cock fighting. Optionally, you may also add place=farm with a name=* tag.

Computer & Electronics / Telecom / Mobile Accessories

Description Tag(s) Notes
Computer store shop=computer Primarily sells desktop PCs, laptops, and tablets
Internet cafes ("computer shops" or kompyuteran)/Cyber café
Computer rental
Pisonet outlets
see properties internet_access=*
May also offer printing and photocopying service.

Cell phone shop
3G/4G tablet devices
Digital device accessories
shop=mobile_phone Sells cell phones, casings, screen protectors, attachments, adapters, etc.
Prepaid/credit top-up (loading) kiosk/machine amenity=vending_machine
Self-service, automated kiosk for loading or topping up prepaid credits for mobiles and other services
Loading outlet
Telecom prepaid card retailer
or shop=telecom_load if approved
May be a kiosk, or a convenience-store telecom agent.
Telco branch need not be tagged as a load outlet.
Electronic gadgets (cameras, GPS devices, portable players, etc.) shop=electronics eg. Electronics Botique, Infomaxx, CDR-King
DIY Electronic Hobbyist Shop
(electronic/speaker/radio parts)
shop=radiotechnics eg. Alexan, Deeco, most electronics suppliers in Raon Street (Quiapo, Manila)


Description Tag(s) Notes
Pasalubong or souvenir shops
tables and chairs / Party  needs
craft=caterer May also supply tables/chairs/decorations as part of a party package.
Ukay-ukay / wagwagan (used clothes shops) shop=clothes+second_hand=only
or shop=second_hand
If selling more non-clothes (than clothes) eg. used bags & shoes, etc., tag as shop=second_hand
Auction houses or yards
(used automotive / industrial equipment)
office=auctioneer (if approved) Typically inside a big polygon tagged landuse=industrial
Surplus or reconditioned commercial equipment
(non-automotive / non-industrial)
shop=second_hand Used furniture, computers, power tools, novelty gadgets etc. (eg. Save On Surplus, HMR, Japanese/Korean surplus stores, etc)

For used books/magazines stores (e.g. Booksale), use shop=books
Variety stores (high quality)
  • Japanese variety store
  • Novelty & shops selling assorted items
shop=department_store or shop=variety_store Low-priced or single-priced retail stores eg. Japan Home Centre, Saizen, Daiso, Miniso.
Adult shops shop=erotic A sex shop, selling products such as sex toys, erotic lingerie, safe sex products, erotic games and gifts, and pornographic films and magazines.
Furniture (Non-electrical Items)
Antique Shops
Home Decorations
Furniture Repair

For handicrafts, craft=handicraft
eg. Our Home, Blims, Regalong Pambahay
Home appliance center
(electrical appliances)
shop=appliance Primarily sells household electrical appliances and home entertainment systems. May include some personal electronics
eg. Abenson, Anson's, Western Marketing

For personal electronic devices, including gadget shops, use shop=electronics. For small household items, use shop=houseware
Locksmith (lock picking specialists) shop=locksmith
add opening hours, eg. opening_hours=24/7
Can unlock (or repair) car/house doors.
Typical Locksmith-kiosks also make custom Rubber Stamps.
Key duplicator (Mr. Quickie & similar kiosks) craft=key_cutter May also offer bag/shoe/leather repair, shoe-shine service
Upholsterer (car seats and sofas) craft=upholsterer
Canvas store
Linoleum flooring/PVC sheeting
sells linoleum flooring and/or "trapal" (cargo truck rain cover)
Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
Junk shop/scrap dealer
amenity=recycling Buys, segregates and sells scrap materials
Lapida maker
(tombstone engraver)
craft=stonemason Often sells marble products
Photo studio/events photographer craft=photographer
Photo shop (developing/printing laboratories) craft=photographic_laboratory. If it sells cameras and has a studio, use shop=photo instead. Provides printing digital & film photos. Sometimes, they sell cameras also and has a studio. Examples include Fujifilm, True Colors, Photoline, Tronix, Picture City, etc.
Signage, large-format graphics printing
  • Signage (digital (e.g. tarpaulin) or analogue (hand-painted) )
  • Blueprint
  • Autocad Printing
  • Offset
  • RISO
  • Calling cards, invitations, letterheads, etc.
  • T-shirt, bag printing
shop=printing eg. Manila Blue Printing, Benson's Graphics, and alike
Photocopying ("Xerox"), printing services shop=copyshop A shop that offers photocopying and printing services for individual or personal consumers. May also offer ID lamination.
Billboard and painted sign makers craft=printmaker Produces printed materials to fine art standards, typically using manual or mechanical techniques like screen-printing or letterpress.
Bookstore shop=books Primarily sells books. Some sells pre-owned books & magazines. Many also sell school & office supplies, music CD's, etc.
eg. National Bookstore, Books for Less, Pandayan, Powerbooks
Stationery & office supplies shop=stationery eg. Office Warehouse
Many smaller school supplies stores in the Philippines are also general merchandisers (general stores), but tagging them as shop=general must be avoided
DVD/VCD/CD stores shop=video Most shops that sell DVDs also sells CDs with music.
Newspaper stand shop=newsagent or shop=kiosk May also sells candies & cigarettes
Tailor/dressmaker/alterer craft=tailor
craft=dressmaker, or shop=tailor
Textile market (telahan)
shop=fabric Sells textiles for fashion, RTW garment production and tailoring, and sewing supplies (needles, thread, buttons, zippers)
Fashion accessories shop=boutique eg. Marcella Accessories (variety of fashion accessories)
Jewelry shop=jewelry
Dress watch shop shop=jewelry
Baby care products shop=baby_goods eg. Enfant, Chico, Baby Company, Mothercare
Shoe maker (custom-fitted footwear)
Leather products repair Shop
craft=shoemaker Shop has an in-house shoemaker.
Eg. Besa

For Ready-Made Shoes: shop=shoes
Shoe store or retailer
shop=shoes Sells casual, work, formal and rubber shoes (sneakers or trainers)
Sports shops
Exclusive sports brand outlets
shop=sports Sells variety of sports shoes & shirts, bicycles, sports gear, etc.
eg. Toby Sports; Nike, Adidas or Reebok Outlets etc.
Outdoor/extreme sports shops (Climbing & hiking gear, Airsoft, Surfing gear, skateboards, etc.) shop=outdoor
for diving gears (sale/rent), use shop=dive
R.O.X., Habagat, Coleman (tents & coolers)
Fitness center leisure=fitness_centre Workout gym, endurance training, power or body building facilities
eg. Gold's Gym, Fitness First
Gun store
shop=weapons Also sells hunting knives, air rifles, bow & arrow, tactical and self-defense equipments

Flower shop (florist) shop=florist
Air conditioner service center/repair technician shop=hvac; repair=yes If the shop is brand specific use brand=* to indicate the brands they service.


Description Tag(s) Notes
Hotel tourism=hotel e.g.
Motorist hotel tourism=motel Short-term accommodation, particularly for people traveling by car.
Drive-inn (lodge) tourism=hotel This are rather accommodations with rooms rather than an area used by cars.
Guest house tourism=guest_house This includes pension houses, home stays, and other more casual forms of accommodation.
Hostels/boarding house tourism=hostel Budget-conscious accommodations where bunk beds (instead of rooms) are the primary form of service. Popular with backpackers, budget travelers, and students away from home.
Short-stay ("short-time") motel amenity=love_hotel + tourism=motel A type of short-stay hotel operated mainly to provide guests privacy for sexual activities. Room rates offered for a set of hours, instead of daily. Example will be Hotel Sogo, or Victoria Court

Buildings and structures

See Key:building. Refer to the table below for exemptions and frequently used local tags:

Description Tag(s) Element Notes
Houses versus condominium or multi-storey residential units building=house for one-unit, single-detached residential unit;

building=residential for multi-storey condominium buildings

area The number of floors are not indicative of building function. See building:levels=* to indicate this number.
Townhouse or rowhouse building=terrace for the polygon representing the building area Also known as a terraced house. They consist of multiple dwelling units in a single structure, often multi-storey.
Stilt houses building=stilt_house area Often seen along the coast (such as Badjao houses in Mindanao) or river banks, but not necessarily just above water bodies. Also popular with resorts as "water villas." City of Yawnghwe in the Inle Lake
Commercial buildings building=commercial area For units used as offices and service-type industries.
Retail buildings building=retail area For units used to sell products such as marketplace, shopping malls.
Educational institutions building=school
area For buildings used as a school, university, college, other educational institutions. Do not confuse with area that the institution occupies which is tagged as amenity=school, amenity=college or amenity=university unless the structure is the sole educational facility for the branch, which can be used in conjunction.
Government and public buildings building=public
area Government buildings that are open to the general public as building=public, and tag others as building=civic.
Health facilities (hospitals, clinics) building=hospital
area The property grounds should be tagged with amenity=hospital or healthcare=hospital, as appropriate. Replace "hospital" value with "clinic", if applicable.
Industrial buildings building=industrial area For buildings used as manufacturing or power generating plants.
Retail buildings building=retail area For units used to sell products such as marketplace, shopping malls.
Warehouse building=warehouse area For buildings used for storage of goods.
Places of worship (churches, chapels, mosques, temples) building=church
area For buildings used as a place of worship. Do not mistake as the area that occupies the whole religious facility which is tagged as amenity=place_of_worship or landuse=religious unless the structure is the sole facility, which can be used in conjunction.


Description Tag(s) Notes
Day care center
(up to 6 years old, under DSWD)
amenity=childcare Barangay day care center
(pre-school/feeding centers under P.D. No. 1567, R.A. No. 6972)
Multi-purpose hall amenity=community_centre
Barangay covered courts leisure=sports_centre; sport=multi; building=roof (if known) Though it may be used for other purposes, its primary use is sporting events.
Barangay outpost or police outpost (small booth only, not barangay hall or police station)
Pay restrooms amenity=toilets; fee=yes
Tutorial and review center office=educational_institution supplementary academic training for children and adults, including franchise brands like Kumon, Enopi, Galileo, etcetra.
Casino amenity=casino gambling venue with at least one table game
PCSO Lotto/sweepstakes outlets shop=lottery
PAGCOR betting stations amenity=gambling
Bingo hall amenity=gambling+gambling=bingo includes venues that typically have an age limit (>21years old)
PAGCOR e-Games leisure=adult_gaming_centre PAGCOR online casino venues
Amusement arcades
video arcade
leisure=amusement_arcade Eg. Timezone, Worlds of Fun, Tom's World, Fun House
Perya/karnabal (local fair/theme park) tourism=theme_park Usually temporary, open during local fiestas. Map where permanent grounds exist, and tag with seasonal=* where applicable.
Kiddie playroom
(typically for 3-10 years old)
amenity=childcare Supervised play area found in malls where parents may leave their kids while shopping, usually for a fee.
Funeral homes/memorial chapel
Law office/notary public office=lawyer
Job recruitment agency
Manpower agency
office=employment_agency eg. Overseas Employment
Travel agencies and tour guides office=travel_agent eg. Saggas, Extreme Outdoor
Real estate agents office=estate_agent eg. VistaLand, DMCI, Filinvest, Suntrust etc.
Call centers and BPO office=it eg. Convergys, Teleperformance, Teletech.
Architects and interior designers office=architect
Security agencies (private security providers) office=company + company=security
Events venues amenity=events_venue
Carpenters/builders/contractors craft=carpenter
Diplomatic offices General tag = office=diplomatic, combine with:
Embassy - diplomatic=embassy
Consulate - diplomatic=consulate
Consul General - diplomatic=consulate_general
Read more: Diplomatic office tags. amenity=embassy is deprecated.
Other offices for services office=yes