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OGD Team's Tagaytay Workshop
December 11-13, 2015

Tagaytay City, Philippines. The OGD Team conducted their workshop last December 11-13, 2015 at Windgate Manor with the presence of their project research mentor, Dr. Lallana.


During the workshop, each member presented their outputs of theory of change, training development model, and initial course descriptions of the 3 competency areas identified during the Manila Workshop with our Kenyan partners.


Dr. Lallana evaluated the initial course descriptions and provided advise on how to make the research model tighter. With this, the team was able to design a better method strategy as shown in the figure below:

The case report will be presented through the theory of change generating outputs and outcomes of CCBP training design and HEIs mainstreaming, respectively, which is done through a deductive/action research approach.


By the end of the workshop, the team summarizes the remaining tasks needed to be accomplished. These tasks include continues validation of the competency areas with NGOs, CSOs, and SMEs; the competency-based capacity building training modules, syllabi, and materials; the case report; and research publications.

Open Data Research Workshop
October 22-23, 2015

Jakarta, Indonesia. The Open Data Research PH of De La Salle University (DLSU) has been invited to participate in the Open Data Research Workshop that was organized and funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and World Wide Web Foundation that was held in Atlet Century Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia last October 22-23, 2015. This workshop was designed for all the invited research partners to share, learn, and improve its research activities.


Together with DLSU, the workshop had convened the research partners from Center for Innovation, Policy, and Governance, Center for Local and Regional Governance, Sinar Project, and Young Innovations Pvt. Ltd. The research projects include Harnessing open data to promote fiscal transparency and accountability in the Philippines at the local level, Building capacities for open government: Addressing challenges of open data adoption in local governments and non-government stakeholders in Kenya and the Philippines through a competency-based capacity building program, Open governance data standards, database, & API for consolidated and collaborative sharing of open data in constrained environments, and Exploring the adoption of open data to bridge the information gap between government executive  agencies, parliamentarians and citizens.


The topics covered in the workshop are the Theory of Change, Innovation Cycle, Refining Research Questions, Achieving Coherence, and Communicating the Research. All through out the workshop, the research teams developed its research project's respective theory of change and innovation cycle. Each presented it and developed interests among projects, which sparked collaboration.

DLSU and WVSU hold Open Government Open Data Talk
October 9, 2015

Iloilo, Philippines. The De La Salle University (DLSU) – Jesse Robredo Institute of Governance (JRIG) and West Visayas State University (WVSU)- Institute of Information and Communications Technology jointly held the Open Government Open Data Talk on October 9, 2015 at the Center for Teaching Excellence Building, WVSU.


Dr. Joel T. De Castro, Director of IICT, led the opening of the program and warmly welcomed the guest speakers and participants.


The activity featured the following topics: “Open Government and Opening Minds” given by Dr. Sherwin E. Ona of DLSU and “Open Spaces for Open Data: Opportunities for IT/IS Research” by Prof. Ma. Beth S. Concepcion of WVSU.


This talk gathered around eighty (80) participants composed of faculty advisers and BS Information Technology and BS Information Systems students. These students are currently undertaking their research projects. Thus, this event gave additional insights to student researchers of the possible ICT applications that can be developed from open data.

Open Data Research Team Conducts Research Validation in Iloilo
October 8, 2015

Iloilo, Philippines. The Jesse Robredo Institute of Governance (JRIG), De La Salle University (DLSU) in cooperation with the Institute of Information and Communications Technology (IICT), West Visayas State University (WVSU), conducted a validation of research outputs in the municipalities of Santa Barbara and New Lucena, province of Iloilo on October 8, 2015. This is in line with the research project on Building Capacities for Opening Government: Addressing Challenges of Open Data Adoption in Local Governments and Non-Government Stakeholders in Kenya and the Philippines through a Competency-Based Capacity Building Program.


The team initially conducted data gathering and interview on governance related practices of the target municipalities last July 2015. Thereon, they drafted the competencies needed by local government that can support Open Government Open Data (OGOD).


During the research validation, they presented the initial results to the key officials, namely Mr. Alfredo Alas-as, Municipal Administrator of Santa Barbara and Engr. John Suelo, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator of New Lucena. The outcomes of the discussion substantiate the research findings on the specific competencies needed to support Open Government Open Data initiatives.


The DLSU Open Data Research Team is composed of Dr. Sherwin E. Ona and Prof. Ma. Beth S. Concepcion. On the other hand, Dr. Joel T. De Castro endorsed Ms. Raizza Victoria Cenaroza, WVSU-IICT Extension Coordinator and Mr. Shem Durst Elijah Sandig, faculty member of IICT to participate in this research endeavors. Student volunteers Jim Ryan Zulueta and Anthony J. Bejemino also shared their time in documenting the activity.

DLSU-JRIG Hosts Knowledge Dialogue on Open Data
September 4, 2015

  • Dr. Francisco Magno
    Dr. Francisco Magno
  • Dr. Francisco Magno
    Dr. Francisco Magno
  • Dr. Emmanuel Lallana
    Dr. Emmanuel Lallana
  • Dr. Emmanuel Lallana
    Dr. Emmanuel Lallana
  • Ms. Ivy Ong
    Ms. Ivy Ong
  • Dr. Sherwin Ona and Dr. Francisco Magno
    Dr. Sherwin Ona and Dr. Francisco Magno
  • Dr. Sherwin Ona
    Dr. Sherwin Ona
  • Ms. Beth Concepcion
    Ms. Beth Concepcion

Manila, Philippines. The Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance (JRIG), De La Salle University hosted the Knowledge Dialogue on the Future of Open Data Initiatives in the Philippines: Exploring Opportunities and Confronting Challenges.


The institute invited speakers to deliver topics on various possibilities for open government data (OGD) in the Philippines. Specifically, Dr. Francisco A. Magno, JRIG- Executive Director, discussed about OGD and the emerging role of the civil society organizations (CSOs), academe, and citizens in institutionalizing Open Government and promoting an Open Government culture. Ms. Ivory Ong, Outreach Lead of Open Data Philippines, presented the status, progress points, pain points and possibilities of OGD Initiatives in the Philippines (Link for Open Data Philippines' Presentation). Consequently, Dr. Emmanuel Lallana, Chief Executive of Ideacorp, uncovered ways on how to sustain the OGD Initiatives (Link for Dr. Lallana's Presentation).


This event was followed by a rich discussion participated by representatives from various sectors of the government, CSOs, international organizations, academia, private sector, and other organized groups who have conceivable interest with open government data. Among others are representatives from School of Data, Asia Foundation, Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), Torch App, West Visayas State University, Mindanao State University, Technological Institute of the Philippines and De La Salle University.


Dr. Sherwin E. Ona, Associate Professor of DLSU and Project Manager of JRIG-Open Data Team, moderated the said event.


This knowledge dialogue was held last September 04, 2015 at the La Salle Conference Room 113, De La Salle University.

DLSU-JRIG Hosts the OD4D Workshop on Open Government Competencies
August 26-27, 2015

Manila, Philippines. The Jesse Robredo Institute of Governance (JRIG) of De La Salle University hosted the first workshop on the development of a competency-based capacity development program (CBP) for Government, CSO and the Media. Dubbed as the Manila Workshop, the event included discussions of the various tools and techniques that can help in identifying the competencies for open government.


The JRIG-Open Data Team was composed of Dr. Sherwin Ona, Ms. Ma. Beth Concepcion, Ms. Michelle Ching and Mr. Rabby Lavilles, while the Jesuit Hakimani team (Kenya) was composed of Mr. Zacharia Chaliswa and Mr. Victor Okongo. The project’s mentor Dr. Emmanuel Lallana, facilitated the workshop.


The workshop also touched on the future development and validation activities for the open government competencies and the CBP.


The workshop was held from August 26-27, 2015 at the 4th floor of the DLSU Faculty Center. The workshop is part of the joint Philippines-Kenya project sponsored by the World Wide Web Foundation and the IDRC-Canada under the Open Data for Development (OD4D) Initiative.

ULAP KISME Interview Session
August 20, 2015

Manila, Philippines. The JRIG-ODT conducted its first key informant-subject matter expert (KISME) interview with Ms. Czarina M. Guce, executive director of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP). The interview focused on the challenges being faced by local government units (LGUs) regarding their good governance initiatives. The interview session also explored the opportunities and factors that can enable the adoption of open data initiatives for LGUs.


The interview session was held last August 20, 2015 at the ULAP office located in Shaw boulevard, Mandaluyong City.

Open Data Research Team conducted Data Gathering in the Province of Iloilo
August 17, 2015

  • Pavia Municipal Hall
    Pavia Municipal Hall
  • Leganes Municipal Hall
    Leganes Municipal Hall
  • New Lucena Municipal Hall
    New Lucena Municipal Hall
  • Sta. Barbara Municipal Hall
    Sta. Barbara Municipal Hall
  • Zarraga Municipal Hall
    Zarraga Municipal Hall
Pavia Municipal Hall
Pavia Municipal Hall

Iloilo, Philippines. Last June 29 to July 10, 2015, the Open Data Research Team of Jesse Robredo Institute for Governance (JRIG) - De La Salle University conducted an initial data gathering in five (5) municipalities in the province of Iloilo, namely, Santa Barbara, Pavia, New Lucena, Zarraga and Leganes. This activity is just an initial phase of the project “ Building Capacities for Opening Government: Addressing Challenges of Open Data Adoption in Local Governments and Non-Government Stakeholders in Kenya and the Philippines through a Competency-Based Capacity Building Program” where it aims to identify the specific strategies of LGUs on service delivery and determine how can open government complement or improve the governance process.


Ma. Beth S. Concepcion, member of the research team, interviewed the Local Chief Executives / Mayors, Municipal Administrators, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators, and heads of various offices on their plans, strategies and best practices in delivering services to its constituents. The following documents have also been provided by the local government units (LGUs) for perusal: Annual Investment Plan, Comprehensive Development Plan, and LGPMS Annual Report.


The team chose the aforementioned municipalities as recipients of the study because they widely incentivize good governance which evidently shown by their Seal of Good Housekeeping Awards.

JRIG-DLSU Host the 1st Joint Workshop for Open Government Competencies
August 11, 2015

Manila, Philippines. The Jesse Robredo Institute of Governance (JRIG) of De La Salle University will host the 1st joint workshop on the creation of the open government competencies for local government units (LGUs) and civil society organizations (CSOs). The workshop aims to develop a set of competencies that can be used for the planned capacity building program (CBP) for LGUs, CSOs, and the media. The workshop is part of the Open Data for development (OD4D) initiative sponsored by the World Wide Web Foundation and the IDRC-Canada.


Aside from the JRIG Open Data Team, the Jesuit Hakimani Team from Kenya will also participate in the workshop. The workshop will be held on Aug. 26-27, 2015 at the Henry Sy Library of DLSU. Dr. Emmanuel Lallana will facilitate the workshop. (Click here for the detailed workshop schedule.)

Open Data Research Team Moves to JRIG-DLSU
January 2015

Manila, Philippines. The Open Data Research Team (DRT) of the Center of ICT for Development (CITe4D), College of Computer Studies, DLSU transferred to the Jesse Robredo Institute of Government- DLSU last January 2015. Prompted by the approval of the 2nd project under the Open Data for Development (OD4D) and CHED regulation compliance resulted to the transfer of the ODRT to the JRIG-DLSU. Now known as the JRIG-Open Data Team, the team is headed by Dr. Sherwin E. Ona. The team is also tasked to oversee the phase two of the WWF-IDRC funded project on open government competency development for LGUs and CSOs. Jesuit Hakimani of Kenya is the partner of the JRIG-ODT for this endeavor.

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