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MHCC Practices in City of Sta. Rosa Province of Laguna
December 26, 2013

  • Mrs. Edna P. Lozano, Brgy. Sto. Domingo
    Mrs. Edna P. Lozano, Brgy. Sto. Domingo
  • Mrs. Virginia R. Ulat, Brgy. Pulong Sta. Cruz
    Mrs. Virginia R. Ulat, Brgy. Pulong Sta. Cruz
Mrs. Edna P. Lozano, Brgy. Sto. Domingo
Mrs. Edna P. Lozano, Brgy. Sto. Domingo

Sta. Rosa City, Laguna - Initial data gathering was conducted in Brgy. Sto. Domingo and Brgy. Pulong Sta. Cruz in exploring opportunities of OGD in delivering public health programs. The midwife in charge in Brgy. Sto. Domingo is Mrs. Edna P. Lozano and Mrs. Virginia R. Ulat in Brgy. Pulong Sta. Cruz.

The data gathering proved that there are information gaps, datasets are available but no standardized data filing, and soliciting feedback from health seekers are not being considered. With these, there is an opportunity for OGD to better deliver public health programs to health seekers through increasing citizen participation and making data available for public use.

Gearing Up for 2014: Team Planning Workshop
December 14, 2013

The DLSU-Open Data Research Team (DLSU-ODRT) conducted its first team workshop last December 14, 2013 at the Traders Hotel Manila. The purpose of the team workshop is to conduct an initial assessment of the data gathering activities and identify the next steps for the open data project.

The workshop included presentations of the initial analysis results from the data gathering activities. Ms. Estefanie Ulit and Mr. Ian Jason Hecita presented the initial results from Iligan and Iloilo cities. Ms. Michelle Ching presented her open data study on Sta. Rosa, Laguna province while Ms. Sarah Angeles presented the results of Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. Also included was the presentation of Ms. Tiffany Padilla on the open data readiness of the Department of Health website.

After the presentations, the team identified common themes and possible gaps for validation. Lastly, Dr Sherwin Ona mapped the activities of the ODRT for 2014. Dr. Ona stressed the need to conduct validation sessions for the results and finalize the cases. The workshop also included a discussion on the possible case design and content for the project.

Examining Open Data Practices in Iligan
December 4-6, 2013

Last December 4-6, 2013, the OGD Team went to Iligan City to conduct interview for data gathering. Under SME, resource persons were Mrs. Emily Pascua and Mr. Michael Lagcao of the Chamber of Commerce, Councilor Frederick Siao and Ms. Armien of Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Industry, and Mr. Eric Gargar of Pailig Development Foundation. For Health, the resource persons were Ms. Esther Salimbangon and Ms. Lucy Alimorin of City Health Office.

The interviews were successful for the Team was able to extract vital information on their programs’ implementation procedures, best practices, and recommendations. The Team plans to document the best practices that Mrs. Lucy Alimorin did in Barangay Tipanoy early next year when the Team will go back to Iligan City to conduct a Focus Group Discussion for validation of gathered data. Furthermore, the Team was able to deduce that cooperation from Government Officials with Public Organizations contributes to success factors of Government Programs. The need for transparency, immediate access to information, and participation had also surfaced as recommendations, which leads to the need for Open Government Data.

Coordinating Revised Research Schedule and Activities
November 15, 2013

Due to the recent calamities that struck the Philippines (Visayas earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan, armed conflict in Mindanao) the team has decided to revise the project schedule and the expected milestones to be delivered. The Iligan data gathering activity in Mindanao will be scheduled in December. 

With regards to the open government book, an initial introduction was created, discussing an overview of the book contents and what the chapters will contain. So far, there will be 7 to 9 chapters on the state of open data in the Philippines, as well as practices in local governments, health, and business sectors.

The team's participation in the Good Governance Summit's breakout session. Dr. Sherwin Ona will be presenting " Exploring the Demand Side of Open Data: Potentials for Innovation and Collaboration", while Ms. Estefanie Ulit will be moderating the session. Mr. Michael Canares & Mr. Joseph de Guia of the other ODDC research group in the Philippines will be presenting as well. Aside from an open forum, the initial plan for the breakout session also involves having two panel reactors giving their insights about the presentations.

The next meeting will be a team workshop for case building, where the results of the data gathering activities will be reviewed and used as a basis for developing the case design. The workshop will also be a venue for further discussions about the book publication. The workshop will be scheduled some time in December.

Good Governance Summit Postponed to 1st Quarter of 2014
November 13, 2013

Due to devastation brought about by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the organizing agencies of the Good Governance Summit have decided to postpone the event to sometime in quarter 1 next year. The DLSU-Open Data Research Team will still be part of one of the breakout sessions entitled "Promise of Open Data: Research on Existing Open Data Practices".

On the other hand, the Open Data Philippines ( is said to be launched in two weeks' time.

DLSU-ODRT Meeting: Data Gathering Results & Next Steps
October 22, 2013

The DLSU-Open Data Research Team (DLSU-ODRT) held a meeting to further discuss and analyze the results of the second batch of data gathering activities in the Visayas. The team agreed that they can benchmark on the experience in Bacolod and Iloilo for the Iligan (Mindanao) data gathering. Updates regarding the research activities done for the Sta. Rosa, Laguna (Luzon) community. An initial community profile was presented, as well as the nature of community health care.

Next, the succeeding data gathering activity in Iligan is expected to take place on November or December. The team identified the key informants for Iligan from the following agencies: City Councilor, Chamber of Commerce, Regional/City/Provincial Health Offices.

Lastly, the team discussed the plans for publishing a book on the results of the open data research. The goal is to share the "stories" or cases that the team gathered during the course of the research project. Team members were given an initial assignment on which chapters of the book they will be working on.

Open Data Hackathon to be Hosted in a Different Venue
October 3, 2013

Unfortunately, due to the conflict in schedule and other circumstances such as the venue capacity, the host of the event, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) decided it would be in the best interest of everyone involved to host the hackathon in another venue, which is at the Smart Tower in Ayala Avenue, Makati City. Since they are the bandwidth provider, they have allowed to hold the event at their office for easier coordination especially with regard to the internet connectivity.

Despite these changes, De La Salle University will still be sending students to participate in the hackathon.

Second Leg of Data Gathering in the Visayas
September 24-28, 2013

The DLSU-Open Data Research team went on a second trip to Bacolod and Iloilo to gather more information on open data practices. The findings on maternal health and child care (MHCC) practices are concerned with the decision-making process, dispensation of services, and information management. Most of these practices involve the manual collection and storage of health data for reporting purposes. The team also mapped the flow of information from its source and how it is used for decision-making.

On the other hand, the team looked at the local SME sector based on factors that affect competitiveness and productivity. These factors include relationship and trust, distrust in government statistics, and penchant for capacity building. Current practices and corresponding issues that hinder in addressing such factors were also identified. Generally, there is insufficient mechanism for SMEs to perform market research and address the needs of the target market.

In summary, there is a need to enhance the collection and utilization of data in both MHCC and SME sector. The current use of information is not maximized to enable both the local government and entrepreneurs to provide their respective services to the community. Furthermore, such information can be used for the design and implementation of programs to improve the health situation for MHCC and develop the SME sector.

ODDC Web Meeting on Research Updates
September 25, 2013

The team was represented by Ms. Estefanie Ulit in the web meeting hosted by ODDC on September 25. The goal of the meeting is to get updates on the progress of the research projects. The DLSU-Open Data Research Team (DLSU-ODRT) reported about the initial results of data gathering activities in Bacolod and Iloilo, as well as upcoming events. These events include the succeeding field work in Iligan, participation in the Open Data Hackathon, and the Good Governance Summit.

DLSU-Open Data Research Team Postpones Mindanao Activities
September 12, 2013

The DLSU Open Data Research Team (DLSU-ODRT) decided to postpone its data gathering and networking activities in Southern Philippines (Mindanao) due to the spate of bombings that happened in Cagayan de Oro City last August and the recent attack by Muslim rebels in Zamboanga City.

With a high possibility of a spill over of the violence to the other parts of Central Mindanao, the DLSU-ODRT informed its partners in Central Mindanao that its research activities will be postponed infinitely awaiting improvements in the peace and order situation.  Mr. Mark Plaza of the Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) and Ms.Estefanie Ulit of DLSU are coordinating the research activities in Mindanao.

DLSU-Open Data Research Team joins the DBM for the Good Governance Summit & Open Data Hackathon
August 30, 2013

The DLSU-Open Data Research Team (DLSU-ODRT) of the Center for ICT for Development (CITe4D), met with representatives from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) last  August 30, 2013 to plan for the upcoming Open Government Data hackathon and the National Good Governance Summit. 

Meant to encourage innovation through the creation of software applications, the hackathon will feature data sets from various government agencies that will be open to participating teams of students and professionals. The hackathon event will be held in DLSU on November 9 and 10.

The meeting also discussed the possible participation of the DLSU-ODRT in the upcoming Good Governance Summit scheduled on November 25-26, 2013 at the Philippine International Convention Center. 

The DLSU-ODRT agreed to present its initial project results in a breakout session of the summit.

The DLSU-ODRT was represented by Dr. Sherwin Ona and Ms. Estefanie Ulit together with Ms. Mary Ruth Delano, External Affairs Officer of the College of Computer Studies, DLSU. The DBM group was led by Ms. Ivory Ong.

Research Plans for August and September
August 8, 2013

To initiate the consolidation and analysis of data gathering activities, the group agreed to do an inception report for those that were already done for Iloilo, Bacolod, and Sta. Rosa. The target completion of these reports is on September 25.

The second Iloilo-Bacolod data gathering trip is scheduled on September 17-18 (Iloilo) and 19-20 (Bacolod). On the other hand, the Iligan data gathering activity will be scheduled on the 1st or 2nd week of October.

The group also discussed some advocacy related activities namely: The Open Data Hackathon in partnership with the Department of Budget and Management (October 15-16) and the Open Government Summit (November 25-26). The Center for ICT for Development (CITe4D) of the College of Computer Studies (CCS) in De La Salle University will sponsor the hackathon, while the team will manage to get a slot for the summit. We hope to present our indicative results in the summit.

Next meeting is scheduled on August 30, 1:30-3:00 PM, with the following tentative agenda:
  • Presentation of analysis of the initial Iloilo data gathering activity
  • Updates on data gathering activities in Iligan
  • Updates on the project website
  • Updates on second Iloilo and Bacolod data gathering schedule and activities
  • Identification of possible publication and conference venues (local and international)
  • Report on the Sta. Rosa case

Initial Data Gathering in Iloilo
July 23-25, 2013

The Open Data Research team of the College of Computer Studies, De La Salle University conducted its data gathering activities in the Province of Iloilo last July 23- 25, 2013. Located in the central part of the Philippines, the activities included interviews of the major health stakeholders of the Provincial Health Office and the Municipality of Pavia.

For the SME component of the research, the team also interviewed the executive director of the Iloilo Business Club. Aside from interviews, the team was able to collect documents pertaining to the various programs of the provincial government as well as other municipality and city level programs.

The OGD team was led by Dr. Sherwin Ona assisted by Mr. Jayson Hecita and Ms. Tiffany Padilla.

ODDC goes to New Delhi, India
July 16, 2013

A panel discussion and  project meeting for the ODDC research initiative was held in New Delhi, India last July 16, 2013. Dr. Sherwin Ona was the representative of the research team who participated in the said event. The international discussion panel aims to explore recent development in open data policy, emerging impacts of open data on governance and the relationship of Open Data and the Right to Information. Guest speakers include Michael Gurstein (Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training Vancouver, Canada), Shailesh Gandhi (Right to Information Activist and former Information Commissioner, Central Information Office, New Delhi), Nisha Thompson (Project Manager, India Water Portal, Arghyam), and Tim Davies (Research Coordinator, World Wide Web Foundation, Oxford UK).

The event had the following higlights:

    1. Trends in Open Data research: Tim Davies gave an update and provided a glimpse of the possible trends in Open Data.
    2. Presentation of partial study results: Dr. Ona presented the partial results of our MHCC modeling and got good reviews and inputs from the group.
    3. Research methods: Research groups discussed possible tools such as stakeholder mapping, process modeling, and questionnaire design.
    4. Discussion on definitions: The group explored the terms for use in our final report: Open data, data, information, intermediaries, data suppliers, users.

The participants also discussed the possible next steps:

    1. Network meeting on Jan 2014 in the UK: This meeting intends to consoldiate and validate results.
    2. A possible book project for the Philippines: Mico Castanares and Dr. Ona are planning to write a book on Open Government and Data. Mainly, this book will present the case studies from the research projects in the Philippines. Tim Davies agreed to be an editor and suggested that IDRC can sponsor some of the cost provided that the book becomes open licensed. Dr. Ona will meet with Dr. Bayot of the DLSU-PH week after next to explore this possibility. For this, all research team members will contribute as chapter authors for this project.
    3. Presenting our partial results to the ICEGOV conference in Seoul, Korea (October 2013). Tim asked if we can submit a 4-5 page paper to ICEGOV.

Visit this webpage for more information about the ODDC event:

More photos of the event can be accessed on this webpage:

Review of Open Government Practices & Preparations for Initial Field Work
July 10, 2013

Based on the research assignments during the last team meeting, the members presented their respective findings on OGD-related existing practices in maternal health and child care (MHCC) and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). In general, there are current e-governance and e-government initiatives in the Philippines, which can be considered as open government practices. Such initiatives are independent in nature and are mostly implemented in local governments. Furthermore, the team has assessed that although open government initiatives exist, these cannot yet be fully classified as open data practices because of certain limitations on what and how data/information is provided for public consumption.

On data gathering activities, the team has scheduled the initial one for Iloilo to be carried out on the 3rd or 4th week of July.

Refining the Research Storyline
June 7, 2013

The research team met to further define the storyline that will be followed for the research project. Based on our current literature review for the Philippines and other countries' open government practices, we derived that the Philippine view of open government is that it is linked to good governance principles. However, there is still a need for the team to finalize our definition of open data based on prevailing literature and the context of our two research domains: maternal health and child care (MHCC) and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Moreover, for our project, we consider open data as one of the main ingredients for genuine participation. To define genuine participation, we said that: 1) it has something to do with the supply and demand for data/information; 2) that we need to know what the benefits and purpose of open are in relation to participation; and 3) explore the possible implications of open data and participation in the policy development, and the creation and evaluation of MHCC and MSME programs.

Networking for the Open Data Research Initiative:
ODDC in London
April 24 to 26, 2013

The research workshop entitled “Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries” was held last April 24 to 26, held in Open Data Institute, London. The goal of the event is for the proponents to present their projects on Open Government Data research studies in their respective countries. The event also created an opportunity for the participants to develop a better understanding of open government data and how it can be used for good governance in particular.

Initial presentations on the overview of the research initiative were given by partners from the Open Data Institute, IDRC, and the World Wide Web Foundation. These included presentations on the open data research framework, as well as its key factors and fundamental principles. Furthermore, these allowed for further realization of the need and benefits of open data research. There were a total of 17 research projects on urban and local governance, emerging issues, poverty, and budget, which were presented by proponents, generally coming from Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Each presentation was followed by a short discussion of research issues on the area. A series of workshops were also conducted in small clusters, focusing on the research framework, methodologies, and possible collaboration venues.

The workshop ended with the next steps that have to be taken for the project and upcoming conferences, which can facilitate more networking and learning about open government data research. Ultimately, the event was successful in facilitating the development of a closer research culture among the participants, especially in their respective cluster themes and continent groups.

Link to the Open Data Research Network article on the event: 

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