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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (data.gov.ph) is said to be launched in two weeks' time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.