EnCitE-OGD Holds Learning Workshop in Dumaguete

encite ogd culmination dumagueteThe “Enhancing Citizen Engagement with Open Government Data (EnCitE-OGD) in Negros Oriental” culminated the three-month long implementation through the conduct of a learning workshop. The learning workshop was conducted last March 7, 2015 at the Plaza Maria Luisa, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

The objectives of the workshop were the following:

  • To learn whether civil society organizations (CSOs) were able to produce any output out of the results of the training
  • To identify opportunities and challenges regarding the ability to utilize open data for CSO advocacy or development work
  • To articulate lessons learned or insights from the experience of CSOs
  • To identify recommendations for future capacity building work on open data

This activity consisted of three workshops, namely,  (1) Review of Experience, (2) Identifying Lessons Learned, and (3) Recommendations for Future Actions.  The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Michael “Miko” P. Cañares, Research Lead, and Dr. Dave E. Marcial, the Provincial Research Lead for Dumaguete.

Nine out of the 12 CSOs who joined the first activity were present.  These are:

1. Kristohanong Katilingban Credit Cooperative – Hipolito Quillan, CEO and Gary Rapada, Branch Manager

2. Albiga Agrarian Beneficiaries Multipurpose Cooperative – Reginion Guad Jr, Manager

3. Gender Watch Against Violence & Exploitation – Atty. Sheena Alesna, Executive Director; Lou Shien  Ban Pisan, Finance Officer; and Pauline Louise Flores, Administrative Officer

4. Katilingbanong Pagtagad Alang sa Kauswagan, Inc – Sharon Saguban, Program Coordinator and Nellie Anfone – Finance Officer

5. Young Men’s Christian Association – Julius Tucop, Project Officer

6. Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts – Junsly Kitay, Member

7. Bacong Small Coconut Farmers Development Cooperative  – Janet Barro, Posting Clerk

8. Martin “Ting” Matiao Foundation, Inc. – Dr. Joven Elvira, Administrator

9. PFCO-Visayas – Vincent T. Tapole, Training Staff

 

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CSOs in Negros Oriental Gather for Open Government Data Training

DSC_0213Nineteen representatives from 12 civil society organizations (CSO) in the Province of Negros Oriental are gathered for a 3-day capacity building activity on open government data, an offshoot of the research “Enhancing Citizen Engagement with Open Government data”. This free training was held at UCS 202, Uytengsu Computer Studies Hall, Silliman University, Dumaguete City on February 12-14, 2015. The skills training aimed to appreciate the importance of data in communicating key governance issues to citizens; learn data skills more particularly (a) data tools like scraping pdf documents and converting them to reusable formats; (b) data visualization (offline and digital); (c) telling stories from data; produce a data visualization on area of interest and present this in a public event with other key stakeholders; and draft a plan of action on how they intend to popularize or communicate their outputs from the workshop to wider audience or their constituents.

The activity was graced by Dr. Emmannuel Lallana, Chief Executive of Ideacorp, who discussed the context of open government and open government data at the global, regional, national, and subnational spheres. Also, Ms. Farah Dibs Gentuya, DILG City Director of Dumaguete, presented about the FDP, the documents disclosed through the FDP and how citizens can make use of these documents. Further, Ms. Gianne Gaorian shared about the current initiatives of the Philippine Government on open data and open government. She highlighted on the open data portal and how citizens can make good use of it. On the second day, Gianne facilitated the online data visualization workshop.

Dr. Dave E. Marcial, provincial lead for Negros Oriental, facilitated two workshops: selection of data set and offline data visualization. In the same manner, Mr. Michael Canares, research leader, facilitated the workshop on data narratives. He guided the participants in weaving a story of their data visualization, how to communicate their data and what are their options for doing so.

At the end of the workshop, participants were able to present their data visualization outputs, both online and offline. The participants are expected to meet again next month for a learning workshop.

This activity is implemented by Step Up Consulting Services, with funding provided through the World Wide Web Foundation ‘Open Data for Development Fund’ to support the ‘Open Government Partnership Open Data Working Group’ work, through grant 107722 from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (web.idrc.ca). For more information about the research, go to http://encite-ogd.ph.

EnCitE-OGD conducts Introductory Training Workshop on Open Data for Bohol Citizen Groups

Step Up Consulting Services, represented by managing consultant Michael Cañares, signs the MOU with the CSO Participatory Research, Organization of Communities and Education towards Struggle for Self-reliance (PROCESS) - Bohol, Inc. represented by PROCESS-Bohol Executive Director Ms. Emilia M. Roslinda. This happened during the Introductory Training Workshop on Open Data for CSOs in Bohol.

Step Up Consulting Services, represented by managing consultant Michael Cañares, signs the MOU with the CSO Participatory Research, Organization of Communities and Education towards Struggle for Self-reliance (PROCESS) – Bohol, Inc. represented by PROCESS-Bohol Executive Director Ms. Emilia M. Roslinda. This happened during the Introductory Training Workshop on Open Data for CSOs in Bohol.

The “Introductory Training-Workshop on Open Data for CSOs in Bohol” was conducted last 31 January 2015 at the Metro Centre Hotel and Convention Center.  The Provincial Reseach Team Lead, Ms. Marijoe Narca, who also acted as the master of ceremonies and facilitator, welcomed the partner CSOs to the activity.

The participants for this activity were the following: Mr. Francis Bernard I. Batoy (executive director), Florencio Raganas, Juanita S. Bernaldez, Chona G. Tormes, Manda Narido who represented Bohol Integrated Development Foundation, Inc. (BIDEF);  Mark Francis Nasayao (Program Officer), Ma. Donessa Autida, Florabel Labor, and Faith Richelle Bullecer representing World Vision-Bohol; Emilia M. Roslinda (Executive Director), Maribel M. Acierto, Evelyn B. Orano, Jonnalie S. Galigao, and Joel L. Gubot of Participatory Research, Organization of Communities and Education towards Struggle for Self-reliance (PROCESS) – Bohol, Inc.; and Doris D. Dinorog, Danilo Ambaic, Joy Apat, Jessel Espenoza, and Ignacia Molig who represented Bohol United Sectors Working for Advancement of Community Concerns, Inc.(BUSWACC).

Speakers for the event were Michael Canares, EnCite-OGD Project Manager, Dr. Emmanuel Lallana of IDEACORP, Ms. Reina Abellana of the Department of Interior and Local Government, and Ms. Smile Indias, of the Open Data Task Force.

The event was also the occasion for the signing of Memorandum of Understanding with 4 civil society organizations who expressed interest to participate in the 4 week mentoring session on open data skills.

IDEACORP and the Open Data Task Force of the Philippine Government were the partners of EnCitE-OGD in conducting the event.

Six Civil Society Organizations Attend FGD for EnCitE – OGD in Bohol

Bohol CSO Representatives during the FGD.

Bohol CSO Representatives during the FGD.

Six civil society organizations attended the EnCitE-OGD focus group discussion held at Panda Tea Garden Suites Tagbilaran City last 15 January 2015.  The FGD, facilitated by Provincial Research Lead Ms. Marijoe Narca, was conducted to validate the results of the survey conducted by the team in December 2015.

The survey, validated in the FGD was intended to identify the training needs articulated by more than 20 CSO respondents in a training needs analysis (TNA) conducted in Dumaguete last December 2014. The results of both FGD and survey will  serve as basis for a capacity building program on “Enhancing Citizen Engagement with Open Government Data”.

The CSOs present were PROCESS-Bohol, the Bohol United Sectors Working for the Advancement of Community Concerns, World Vision Philippines, FCB Foundation, People’s Fair Trade Assistance Center, Bohol Integrated Development Foundation, and the National Auxiliary Chaplaincy Philippines, Inc.

EnCitE-OGD Team Conducts FGD in Dumaguete

CSO Representatives During the FGD in Dumaguete City.

CSO Representatives During the FGD in Dumaguete City.

A small group discussion among Civil Society Organization representatives was conducted on 16 January, 2 o’clock in the afternoon at UCS 204, College of Computer Studies, Silliman University. The discussion validated results of the survey of the study “Enhancing Citizen Engagement with Open Government Data“.

The focused group discussion was attended by Ms. Ma. Teresa Ragay (Extension Services Officer, DCCCO Multipurpose Cooperative), Atty. Sheena A. Alesna, Executive Director, Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation, and Mr. Hipolito Quillan (General Manager, Kristohanong Katilingban Credit Cooperative). It was facilitated by Dr. Dave E. Marcial, research lead for Negros Oriental, and John Daniel Uy, research assistant.

The survey, validated in the FGD was intended to identify the training needs articulated by more than 20 CSO respondents in a training needs analysis (TNA) conducted in Dumaguete last December 2014. The results of both FGD and survey will  serve as basis for a capacity building program on “Enhancing Citizen Engagement with Open Government Data”.

Step Up Implements EnCitE-OGD

Step Up is among the five researchers/research teams granted with research funds by the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to undertake a study on the best method to build the capacity of civil society organizations on open government data. The action research entitled “Enhancing Citizen Engagement with Open Government Data” will be implemented in the next three months and is aimed at identifying the best approach to use in increasing citizen engagement with local governments through data sets published online.

The Step Up proposal was one of the more than 80 proposals screened by the OGP’s Open Data Working Group.  Among the proposals submitted, Step Up made it to the top five, together with Open North, Inc of Canada, Mitrovic Development and Research Institute of South Africa, Mark Frank of the United Kingdom, and Sunlight Foundation of the United States. Step Up is the only research team from Asia. Implementation of the project began in December 2014.

The announcement from OGP can be found here.