EACOMM Corporation owns and operates one of the largest online business directories in the Philippines: www.PhilippineCompanies.com. In the past, data has been collected through user submissions and via uploading of publicly available business data such as municipal business registrations and other government databases. While these data are inexpensive to collect, the data are often outdated and inaccurate. Since early 2013, EACOMM has been conducting an on-the-ground census of business establishments in Metro Manila and other major Philippine cities.
Key data collected includes business names, category, phone, photos and geolocation. Data collected by the surveyors are then sent to a central repository where data editors review each listing and correct and issues found. Through this system of smartphone-powered surveying, EACOMM greatly improved the accuracy and speed in which data is collected in the field.