The International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT) conference in Singapore is co-sponsored by the American Society for Research (ASR). Over the 168 paper submissions, 45 excellent papers have been accepted and published. The paper Exploring Possible Open Data Opportunities in Maternal Health and Child Care in the Philippines by Michelle Renee D. Ching and Sherwin E. Ona was accepted.
The paper was presented by Ms. Michelle and was held in Quality Hotel, Singapore on November 22, 2014. The research was well accepted by the listeners and other oral presenters. They quoted it as an "eye-opener".
The paper will be published in the International Journal of Innovation, Management, and Technology (IJIMT) (ISSN: 2010-0248) that will be indexed by Google Scholar, Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, Engineering and Technology Digital Library, Crossref, ProQuest, and Electronic Journals Library.
Iloilo City, Philippines (Aug 2014). DLSU-ODRT head Dr Sherwin Ona participated in the Global Research Conference across Disciplines held in Sarabia Manor Hotel, Iloilo City last Aug 14-16 2014. Dr Ona presented the initial findings of the ODRT in the area of maternal health and child care (MHCC). The presentation also underscored the possible opportunities for open data and new technologies in improving the current community health practices in MHCC.
After the conference, Dr. Ona met with members of the Institute of Information Communications Technology (IICT) of the West Visayas State University (WVSU) led by Dr. Joel De Castro. The meeting focused on items and planned activities for the proposed memorandum of understanding (MOU) between DLSU and WVSU. The planned MOU between IICT and DLSU touched on the use of open data and e-participation techniques in MHCC and disaster risk reduction management in local communities. Moreover the MOU discussion also included items of the creation of joint innovation labs within DLSU and WSVU.
On June 19, 2014, the ODRT went to West Visayas State University (WVSU) in La Paz, Iloilo City to conduct the project's dissemination event. The team presented the project's output and possible collaboration on Disaster Risk Reduction Management using e-Participation and Open Data in Maternal Health and Child Care to the university's faculties and administration (Dr. Joel T. De Castro, Ms. Ma. Luche Sabayle, Ms. Ma. Beth Concepcion, Dr. Rodel Dosano, and Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo among others).
The faculties and administration of WVSU expressed their great interest on the area and the idea of collaboration and immediately discussed the possible projects and responsibilities of the institutes.
All in all, the team was successful in partnering with the ICT Institute of WVSU.
The ODRT was invited to join the Data Skills Training for the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the 13th of May at World Bank Manila Office organized by the Open Data Task Force. The training was conducted by Mr. Anders Pedersen, knowledge and development lead at School of Data and Sergio Araiza, trainer and programmer at Social Tic and Escuela de Datos.
The training was about the introduction on Open Data, sources and formats of data, introduction to data driven campaign, introduction to spreadsheet, data scraping, and data cleaning. It was very informative and useful for the CSOs because as stressed by Mr. Anders, "the success of Open Data initiatives are in the hands of the CSOs". Engagement and participation of CSOs are needed to sustain the Open Data initiatives of the government.
The ODRT went to Wilson's Tagaytay last May 10-11, 2014 to conduct a write shop. The objective of the write shop is to be able to discuss the outline and content of the research project deliverables.
The team presented their initial works with regards to the case study, policy recommendation, and research papers as outputs of the research project on Open Data. The team agreed upon the discussed outline and content of the case study and the deliverables' timeline. The updated outputs will be due on the 19th of May.
Last April 25, the ODRT conducted 2 Focus Group Discussion (FGD) sessions for MSME and MHCC held at Amigo Terrace Hotel in Iloilo City. The MHCC FGD session was conducted in the morning with 7 participants from Pavia Municipal Health Office, Provincial Health Office Iloilo, and Central Philippine University – Department of Nursing. The MSME FGD session was conducted in the afternoon with 1 participant coming from the Iloilo Business Club.
The FGD sessions covered the discussions on overview of open data project, findings from the data gathering activities last July 23-25, 2013, and a breakout session. The breakout session was intended for the participants to add inputs and validate the data gathered based on their experiences on the area.
Last March 21, ODRT visited Barangay Tipanoy Health Center in Iligan City. During the team’s data gathering last year, Barangay Tipanoy Health Center was identified as demonstrating best practices in terms of public health delivery to its local citizens as a result of interviewing its midwife, Mrs. Lucy Alimorin.
Mrs. Lucy Alimorin showed to the team her strategies on record keeping management and her communal garden. Her record keepings were exemplary and due to limited supplies of forms coming from DOH, she designed her own instead. Problems of the local citizens seeking public health in her center, such as incapability of buying prescribed vitamins and supplements for healthier pregnancy, were addressed by her communal garden. She doesn’t just provide the vegetables but also cook it for them. With these strategies, midwives from different health centers visit her to learn on her practices.
Last March 20, the ODRT conducted 2 Focus Group Discussion (FGD) sessions for MSME and MHCC held at Aruma Coffee Lounge in Iligan City. The MSME FGD session was conducted in the morning with 7 participants from Pailig Development Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, and Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Industry. The MHCC FGD session was conducted in the afternoon and was attended by 3 participants coming from City Health Office, Gregorio Lluch Memorial Hospital, and MSU College of Medicine.
The FGD sessions covered the discussions on overview of open data project, findings from the data gathering activities last December 4-6, 2013, and a breakout session. The breakout session was intended for the participants to add inputs and validate the data gathered based on their experiences on the area.
Last March 7, the research team visited the Bago City Health Office (CHO). Bago City is a second-class city located 21 kilometers south of Bacolod City. The trip took one (1) hour by bus ride. This marked the team’s second visit after the previous visit for data gathering.
From last year’s data gathering activities, the team identified the Bago City Health Office as a best practice because of their processes for reporting, recording and early detection of outbreaks, enabled by their CDSS (Community-Based Disease Surveillance System). The team’s finding for Bago City as a best practice is further affirmed by the Central for Disease Control (CDC) visit last year. As shared by CHO, the CDC went to Bago City to learn how their CHO was able to curb the spread of the measles epidemic.
Last March 6, the team conducted two focus group discussion sessions for MHCC and MSME. The FGDs were conducted in University of St. La Salle (USLS), with assistance by the USLS-Balayan and USLS-Business Resource Center (BRC).
The MHCC FGD session was conducted in the morning and had 11 participants. In attendance were Barangay Health Workers (BHW) and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) coming from the barangays covered during the data gathering activities (Brgys. Bago, Banago, and Punta Taytay). There were participants as well which came from Brgy. Villamonte, which was not previously covered.
The MSME FGD was conducted in the afternoon and attended by 10 participants. The participants were micro-entrepreneurs which are partners of the USLS-BRC. The BRC is a service unit of USLS committed to the growth and development of community-based private business enterprise.
Each FGD session ran for 2 hours. Each session started with a short overview of the open data project. The team then presented the findings from the data gathering activities. This was followed by a breakout session which was intended to surface additional inputs, possible disputes to findings, etc based on the experiences of the participants. To cap off the FGD session, the groups presented the output of their group work.
Manila, Philippines - ODRT interviewed Department of Budget and Management's (DBM) Undersecretary Richard Moya and the Open Data Task Force as succeeding steps on developing the "Voices for Open Data" Advocacy Campaign. The team were able to obtain valuable information on DBM's thoughts on Open Data in the Philippines. As DBM put it, Open Data is a movement, a start of conversation between the Government and Citizens, as public data as its tool to how information will be beneficial to the Citizens, creating a data-driven Government.
Quezon City, Philippines - Upon the invitation of the Civil Executive Service Board (CESB), Dr. Sherwin Ona gave a presentation on the potentials of open data in disaster risk reduction management last Feb. 04, 2014 at the Microtel Libis, Quezon City. Entitled, “Potential of Open Data in Community DRR”, the presentation focused on possible data sets that can be used for community and LGU-level disaster preparedness. Also included in the event were presentations from Dr. Emmanuel Lallana of Ideacorp and Mr. Alexander Arevalo, from the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Dr. Lallana gave a short lecture on the use of computer simulation and its possible use of open data while Mr. Arevalo gave a talk on institutional level disaster leadership.
Manila, Philippines - The DLSU-ODRT started the “Voices for Open Data in the Philippines” campaign last January 2014. Intended to strengthen the advocacy for open data through the availability of relevant online content, the campaign features short video interviews of personalities from the public and private sector, civil society, youth leaders and the Academe regarding the potentials of open data in the Philippines. The initial interviews featured Mr. Allan Alegre of the Foundations for Media Alternatives and Dr. Alvin Marcelo, former CIO of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. Both shared their thoughts on open data: its potentials, challenges and possible opportunities on how to move the open data advocacy forward.
The DLSU Open Data Research Team (DLSU-ODRT) was fortunate to become part of the Good Governance Summit 2014: "Good Governance through Open Government and Sustainable Procurement", which was held at the Philippine International Convention Center. The event is aligned with the government's effort in ensuring transparency and accountability in government activities.
Day 1 of the summit included an overview presented by the the Secretary of Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the current good governance initiatives of the Aquino Administration (2013-2016). There was also the ceremonial turnover of the Cashless Purchase Card to be used for procurement in government. It was followed by a keynote speech by President Benigno Aquino III, which focused on anti-corruption efforts, citing his 3-year track record adhering to the philosophy, “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” (if there's no corruption, there will be no poverty). The afternoon was filled with breakout sessions: Results of the 2013 Annual Enterprise Survey on Corruption, Seal of Good Local Governance and Grassroots Participatory Budgeting, Update on the Ease of Doing Business-Gameplan for Competitiveness, and Public Financial Management Reforms.
Day 2 included keynote speeches from heads of different government agencies, presentation of the winning app in the #KabantayNgBayan hackathon, and launch of the Open Data Philippines and the redesigned Full Disclosure Policy Portals. The DLSU-ODRT participated in one of the breakout sessions in the afternoon. Dr. Sherwin Ona presented the initial results of the open data project on maternal health and child care. Dr. Ona stressed the importance of looking at the demand side of open data and the need to look at open data as a process. Ms. Estefanie Ulit acted as the moderator for the open data break session. (Click here for the presentation slides.)
Day 3's plenary sessions in the morning and afternoon emphasized how procurement processes in the Philippine government can be improved through consultations with partner agencies and adherence to international standards and guidelines.