Bantay Kita through the Making All Voice Count (MAVC) implemented a project to improve indigenous peoples’ (IP) capacity to utilize their rights to manage resources in the ancestral domain (AD).
The project assisted the CAMMPACAMM Manobo Tribal Community of Rosario, Agusan del Sur to update its Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP) and formulate a Community Royalty Development Plan (CRDP). The ADSDPP is a 5-year compendium of all IP plans within an Ancestral Domain. In the creation of a CRDP, the ADSDPP must be considered. The CRDP serves as a roadmap for allocation and investment of royalties. The Manobo Tribal Council of Rosario acknowledged the need for a development plan that would chart how the tribe’s future generations would benefit from royalties received from extractive investments in their ancestral domain. It was evident that they recognized the inter-generational right over resources.
In order to update the ADSDPP and prepare a CRDP, the IP group mapped out their area to locate on-going investments and identify areas for development within their AD. The mapping was facilitated by the local government through the introduction of innovative community-based mapping techniques.
Bantay Kita hopes to replicate this project with other indigenous communities who are facing similar of resource management challenges within their ancestral domain. Knowledge products produced in through the project are available online and will be disseminated, where needed, to indigenous communities affected by mining operations around the Philippines.
The project was made possible through partnerships with local non-government organizations led by the Foundation for the Development of Agusanons Inc (FDAI), the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the local government spearheaded by the provincial Government of Agusan del Sur.
View the knowledge products of this project:
Bantay Kita strongly denounces all forms of human rights violations. In solidarity, we stand with the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and its network in asserting their rights and opposing any form of discrimination.
It is distressing to note that the CPA and its network have been targets of harassment over the past months. The Cordillera Peoples Alliance is committed to the promotion and defense of indigenous peoples’ rights, human rights, social justice, and national freedom and democracy.
CPA Chair Windel Bolinget, Vice Chair Xavier Akien and a staff of the Center for Development Programs were harassed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) while on their way home to Baguio after a community meeting with a local partner organization in Quirino, Ilocos Sur - Save Quirino Movement (SQM).
Five women activists from legitimate organizations from the Cordillera were charged with trumped up cases, while another woman activist is consistently maligned by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command.
The PNP also raided the home of farmer-pastor Eugine Antonio in Abra province, and seized documents belonging to Mudiit Peoples Organization, a local people’s organization, where Antonio is an officer. Prior to this, Antonio had been receiving death threats after distributing calamity funds he received from the Baclaran Church.
We urgently appeal to the public to condemn the harassment by State security forces that have sworn to protect the rights of the people.
Bantay Kita along with Cordillera People Alliance seeks justice for the violations committed by the PNP and AFP. We demand that the Government promote and uphold the fundamental freedoms of individuals and groups.
PRESS RELEASE: BK urges PH EITI multi-stakeholder group to keep their commitments towards resource management
On October 25, the Philippines hosted the 38th International Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Board Meeting. The Philippines was commended by the EITI International Board for being the first country to achieve the satisfactory progress against the EITI Standard.
EITI is a global standard of governance for oil, gas, and mineral resources.
Bantay Kita (BK), a nationwide coalition of organizations that advocates for transparency and accountability in the extractive industry, lauds the Philippine EITI in its compliance to the Standard.
“We recognize all efforts and participation of the PH-EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group and Secretariat in pursuing improved natural resource governance. It has given access to data and documents that were previously unavailable to the public,” said Tina Pimentel, National Coordinator of Bantay Kita
The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, as member of the PH-EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group also recognized the achievement: "EITI has opened an avenue for stakeholders to participate in policy proposals formulation and to keep track of government's progress in implementing reforms. However, the reconciliation and transparency initiative of EITI, as proven effective in improving government systems on extractive industries, should be institutionalized and supported by a concrete legal framework that Congress may enact the soonest possible."
BK notes that advances in natural resource management rooted in the PH-EITI MSG recommendations have been made. This illustrates the PH-EITI’s significance in advancing improved governance in the extractive industry. However, BK acknowledges that more remains to be done for EITI to remain relevant.
Augusto Blanco, Tribal Leader of Kaimunan Lumad sang Compostela said, “EITI can also be a powerful venue for local development moving beyond revenue transparency. It can pursue enhanced environmental and social monitoring to provide a sound basis to discern the full impact of resource extraction.”
He also noted, “Subnational EITI MSGs can be a local platform for constructive engagement of concerned stakeholders (government, civil society, indigenous peoples, and industry) in resource management to ensure that it contributes to sustainable development. EITI also enhances further the empowerment of the indigenous people in the the exercise of their FPIC and sustainable management of their ancestral domains.”
BK urges all members of the PH-EITI MSG, which includes government, industry, and civil society representatives, to keep their commitments and continue forging forward towards improved resource management.
Bantay Kita is a coalition of over 80 organizations nationwide with 60 network affiliates, including Indigenous Peoples Organizations, working towards improved governance of extractive industries. In line with our objectives, we support proposals that amplify the right of communities to equitable revenue share, and safeguard environment and the well-being of people from the detrimental effects of mining operations.
HB 5674 entitled as “An Act Requiring Legislative Franchise as a Pre-Requisite to the Issuance of a Mineral Agreement or Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement“ and HB 6259 otherwise known as “An Act Amending Certain Portions of Republic Act No. 7942 by Prohibiting Mining in Watershed, Requiring a Legislative Franchise for Mining Operations and for other Purposes” propose objectives that are aligned with Bantay Kita’s aspiration to enhance natural resource governance in support of sustainable development
We support the bills objectives as it promotes environmental protection and economic growth. We also commend legislators for pushing greater transparency and accountability in the extractive industries, as well as increased scrutiny of proposed mining operations.
The Philippines is recognized as one of the most mineralized countries in the world. Bantay Kita agrees that proceeds from resource extraction can contribute to economic growth and social development with improved governance and fiscal reforms. We recognize legislators as important stakeholders in managing our country’s natural resources. They should be involved in ensuring that investments made will incur the most benefits for the Filipinos.
We concur with Congress that enhanced evaluation is required to understand the full impact of a mining operation, and serve as a basis for an informed recommendation. In this light, Bantay Kita suggests that Congress directs the executive branch to establish technical parameters for a scientifically proven assessment of mineral potential of an area that would be undertaken along with an appraisal of the economic, social, and environmental impacts an extractive activity will generate. Beyond considering the present and mid-term impacts, we urge Congress to also include the effect of resource extraction on climate change and an area’s vulnerability.
Aside from a more comprehensive data-driven examination of the potential impact of mining operations, Congress may also instruct the executive branch to consider and compare other viable investments in the area. This will be helpful in determining the best option for a site.
We recommend expanding and institutionalizing existing initiatives such as the PH-EITI (Philippine Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative) which is a global standard for transparency of the extractive sector. A national multi-stakeholder group including the government, civil society, and the industry decides how EITI process should work. Recently, the Philippines has been recognized as the first country to achieve satisfactory progress against the EITI standard. A proposal institutionalizing Ph-EITI (H.B. 4116) is pending in Congress. It promotes revenue and contract transparency, accessibility of data and information, and genuine participation of relevant stakeholders in resource governance. Moreover, it ensures oversight in all stages of mine life.
Bantay Kita also advocates for fiscal reforms in mining. To date, taxes, which form the bulk of proceeds received from resource extraction, contributes insignificantly to the economy. The 2016 Ph-EITI Report states that government collected P11.1B from large scale metallic mines. This is 1.1% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product and 0.6% of total government revenues. This may be attributed to the low tax rates and unsuitable tax instruments applied to mining. Moreover, fiscal incentives are also enjoyed by mining companies. We urge Congress to review the current mining fiscal regime and consider modifications that would provide the country, and the communities where mining companies operate, a fair share.
In conclusion, Bantay Kita reiterates its support for proposals to improve natural resource governance that maximize benefits and minimizes losses for the present and future generations.
Bantay Kita commends the Philippine EITI’s compliance to the EITI Standards. Being the first country to achieve the satisfactory progress against the EITI Standard is a milestone. We recognize all efforts and participation of the PH-EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group and Secretariat in pursuing improved natural resource governance.
We acknowledge positive strides towards transparency through the implementation of EITI in the Philippines. It has given access to data and documents that were previously unavailable to the public. It also increased awareness and surfaced questions for public debate and policy recommendations for further advancement of natural resource governance in the Philippines. We have observed enhancement of processes rooted in the PH-EITI MSG recommendations. This illustrates the PH-EITI’s significance in advancing improved governance of the industry.
However, more needs to be done. For EITI to remain relevant, it can pursue enhanced environmental and social monitoring to provide a sound basis to discern the full impact of resource extraction. EITI can also be a powerful venue for local development moving beyond revenue transparency. Subnational EITI MSGs can be a local platform for constructive engagement of concerned stakeholders (government, civil society, indigenous peoples, and industry) in resource management to ensure that it contributes to sustainable development. Empowerment and inclusivity of local stakeholders are significant to local natural resource governance.
We urge all members of the PH-EITI MSG to keep their commitments and continue forging forward for improved resource management. For reporting entities, we call for greater disclosure of timely, comprehensive, disaggregated, relevant data that can contribute to analysis for reforms. To the industry, we enjoin the participation of additional large scale metallic mining companies. We welcome the participation of non-metallic large scale mines. We demand that Semirara Mining and Power Corporation, the only material coal company to participate in EITI; it has not done so. To regulatory agencies, we appeal that they exercise your function over the industry’s they oversee. For the DENR, we expect the Department to carry its mandate to implement DAO 2017-07, which compels the participation of all mining contractors in EITI. We appeal to government entities to accelerate the pace of governance reforms.
May PH-EITI remain relevant and achieve its objective of improving natural resource governance so that proceeds from extractives may benefit all. In this light, we also urge the passage of the institutionalization of EITI.
STATEMENT OF THE RIGHT TO KNOW, RIGHT NOW! COALITION
We are not living in ordinary times. Attempts at impeachment have been initiated targetting several of our top officials, part of the country is under Martial rule, there are aborted clandestine entry of illegal drugs amidst the relentless and bloody war on drugs, and fake news and lies proliferate. The nation witnessed several protest actions across the country calling on government to uphold the Constitution and strengthen, not threaten, the rule of law and the rights of the people.
Against this backdrop, while so much has changed since July 2016, still there is no FOI Law today.
The issuance of EO No. 2 ("Operationalizing In The Executive Branch The People’s Constitutional Right To Information And The State Policies To Full Public Disclosure And Transparency In The Public Service And Providing Guidelines Therefor") more than a year ago promised to usher in an era of more government transparency and accountaibility, and the Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition took it as a signal of the commitment of the Duterte Administration to respect and promote the people's right to access information in the Executive Branch. With its issuance, too, the Coalition was hopeful that the passage of the long overdue FOI Law would be hastened.
The R2KRN acknowledges the hard work of allies from inside the Government. However, this appears more to us as the only consistent bright spot in a dimming future of the full and meaningful enjoyment of the citizen’s right to information.
Still Mixed Performance
On a procedural level, despite the issuance of the EO which would have given a sense of uniformity and predictability, coalition members are discouraged by the inconsistent appreciation of the citizens’ right to know.
Based on the third round of the R2KRN’s FOI Practice project covering 20 regulatory, financial or otherwise high-interest agencies, only three out of five (56%) documents/datasets requested were granted in full. One in four (26%) was incomplete or not released at all.
There were instances of requests not being heeded, and certain request formats being favored over others. While most agencies breached the 15-working day response period, only one agency officialy asked for an extension. Many agencies did not acknowledge requests, had less than ideal coordination among offices holding information, or had wanting customer service which would have been helpful for requesters.
On a substantive level, coalition members continue to note that there is still confusion on the appreciation of exceptions. Some agencies exercise wide discretion when it comes to information they think should not be in the hands of the public. Juxtaposed against recent pronouncements – for instance, the witholding of access to the Philippine National Police spot reports, and a worrisome practice emerges.
Regression by Redaction
More disturbing, the epidemic of redacting way too much information and pitting the right to information against the right to privacy is on the rise.
A request for the statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) of the members of the Duterte Cabinet was met with ubiquitous redaction of details rendering deeper analysis of the documents virtually impossible. The seemingly extreme concern for privacy and security makes a mockery of the FOI EO, and creates a perverse privileging of privacy over transparency.
If these are not arrested, the right will be negated altogether and the EO will simply be a mere scrap of paper.
FOI Law Off the Agenda?
The fight for the passage of the law is far from over.
At present, the bill continues to linger in the Committee on Appropriations in the House of Representatives. There is more hope in the Senate, as the process entered the period of interpellation.
There are, however, ominous signs that signal rough sailing for FOI. In the Lower House, all controversial bills, including FOI, are supposed to go through a (super-) TWG before they are transmitted to the Rules Committee. This is a new and unnecessary layer (the measure has been amply discussed and debated in the Committee on Public Information) that serves no clear purpose except to impose an additional hurdle to the bill’s passage.
Finally, there is glaring silence on FOI in the administration’s agenda, the law’s passage not being a major component of the Governance section of the Philippine Development Plan. Worse, it has fallen off the priority legislative measures.
Finding a Path for FOI
It is time to recover a clear agenda for FOI.
We recognize that, despite the Constitutional guarantee, EO No. 2 remains a new mandate that the bureaucracy has to get used to. Such an important mandate cannot be treated as just another load, and suffer from inconsistent implementation. Varying appreciation of and confusion over EO No. 2 places government employees tasked to receive and process requests in a vulnerable and precarious situation, making them likely to be the subject of complaints from the public. FOI is both an administrative and political mandate, the responsibility for which does not rest on frontline civil servants alone, and requires a comprehensive program of implementation. It needs clear and organized mechanisms, including capacity building and responsible offices. We commit to working with the various agencies of Government on this, focusing on substantive compliance, consistency and institutionalization.
We also commit to remain vigilant on the substantive and political issues attendant to EO No. 2 and to the right to information generally.
We will keep the push to arrest the erosion of the people’s right to know by thwarting attempts to pit it against the right to privacy. We maintain that, where public office and public interest are concerned, the assumption should be in favor of disclosure.
To cement the people’s right to know and settle whatever questions remain, more than ever, in these precarious times, do we truly see the need tobring FOI back in the legislative agenda. Only with the passage of the law and only when agencies meaningfully facilitate the people’s constitutionally guaranteed right to information can we really say that we are moving forward in breathing life into FOI.
THE ISSUANCE on July 23, 2016 of Executive Order No. 2 on Freedom of Information drew support from the Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition as a signal of the commitment of the Duterte Administration to respect and promote the people's right to access information in the Executive Branch.
The Coalition was hopeful that EO No. 2 ("Operationalizing In The Executive Branch The People’s Constitutional Right To Information And The State Policies To Full Public Disclosure And Transparency In The Public Service And Providing Guidelines Therefor") will send a strong message for the Senate and the House of Representatives to finally ensure the swift passage of the FOI Law that could cover all the branches and agencies of the government.
Close to the deadline for all Executive offices to roll out their "People's FOI Manuals", in November 2016 the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) launched yet another ambitious undertaking -- an eFOI Portal that would host access-to-information requests from citizens, and the corresponding action taken by state agencies on the same.
EO No. 2, the People's FOI Manuals, and the eFOI Portal are transparency tools that the Duterte Administration have offered citizens to ease the process of accessing information vested with public interest.
But nine months after EO No. 2's momentous birth, and four months after its full rollout, the Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition's informed judgment is that the Duterte Adminisration's work on the FOI front is far from done.
In truth, based on six parallel "FOI Practice" projects undertaken by our CSO members, an omnibus request for and analysis of the FOI Manuals of 22 Executive departments and offices, and a study of the curated requests posted on the eFOI Portal, the Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition finds that a mix of forward, backward, and side steps have defined the compliance by Executive offices with EO No. 2.
Given these findings, the Right to Know. Right Now!. R Coalition affirms that there is greater urgency for Congress to enact, without any further delay, the passage of the FOI Law.
The core value of any FOI initiative is how much it could effectively and efficiently assist and affirm the citizen’s right to access information, but also how far it could oblige and require state agencies and officials to disclose information. In both cases, or for both citizens and public officials, the process should be quick and easy, and the desired result, sunshine or full transparency.
Indeed, access and disclosure are two equal parts of the FOI equation. It is thus premature to claim victory for FOI, on acocunt of EO No. 2 alone, because the one, true treshhold that the state must hurdle is how far and how much it has nurtured a culture of openness and transparency in all its parts.
The Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition has taken steps to actually test compliance with EO No. 2 against this threshold, through multiple, parallel initiatives by our members.
Six “FOI Practice” projects of our CSO members during the first three months from its full rollout in November 2016 have yielded mixed results of slow to quick action by various agencies on requests for information.
The Coalition filed an omnibus request for copies of the People's FOI Manuals of 22 Executive departments and offices but less than half responded positively, and the others said they did not have Manuals as yet. The "exceptions" enrolled in some of these Manuals have raised concern among us that some agencies would want to remain opaque than open.
Our analysis of data in the eFOI Portal that for now hosts 64 agencies, out of 503 requests posted online as of March 14, 2017, up to 183 requests had been denied, 166 granted, and 154 more "pending or for processing".
On one hand, some offices failed to comply with the clear directive and deadline to provide an FOI Manual and identify the responsible officers in the FOI chain. Some others did not even acknowledge requests sent via email or fax, nor even answer phone calls. Too, there were agency FOI Manuals that enrolled additional grounds for denial that have no basis in the Constitution, the statutes or jurisprudence. It took some agencies weeks and months on end to respond to requests, or well beyond the 15 working days deadline that the laws and EO No. 2 had imposed.
On the other hand, there were also offices that took to heart compliance with the letter and spirit of EO No. 2. While they constitute only a minority of the agencies that had been approached by members of the Coalition, these offices deserve our highest commendation. They promptly and professionally acknowledged letter requests, answered queries, and responded to requests sans the need for multiple follow-ups.
One take-away from our FOI Practice projects stands out: If public officials and agencies mean to do it, appreciate and understand just how important it is to them as much as to citizens, FOI is a good, easy goal to achieve.
In gist, the Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition deems it too early for the Duterte Administration to claim its FOI project as a feather in its cap. It would be more propitious to say though that it has taken the first, major steps to lay the foundation for a regime of transparency through EO No. 2, the People's FOI Manuals of executive offices, and its eFOI Portal.
Much work lies ahead for both the citizens and the government on the FOI front. A central common task that must be achieved promptly is the passage of the FOI Law. In this, the Senate and the House of Representatives must not falter and fail anymore than their predecessors in five prior Congresses did.
The Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition has waged a 15-year campaign to have the FOI Law passed and with his EO No. 2 as his signal move, President Rodrigo R. Duterte must now, in words as in deeds, push with vigor the passage of the FOI Law by his "super majority" in both legislative chambers.
As best we could and by the standards of transparency, accountability, and good governance, the Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition commits to assist the Executive branch improve its FOI mechanisms. This commitment rests, however, on our hope that the Duterte Administration will relentlessly pursue its FOI project across all Executive offices.
Just as important, the Right to Know. Right Now! Coaltion enjoins the citizens, CSOs, academe, the private sector, and all sectors to engage in FOI practice and join the campaign for the passage of an authentic FOI Law.
While full congratulations are not yet in order in the fight for FOI, we offer a partner’s pat on the back to public officials and civil servants in the Executive and Legislative branches who continue to labor tirelessly to ensure that we achieve big and small victories steadily and constantly in our shared journey to an authentic FOI regime.
Investors who play by the rules, do not destroy the environment, and put the common good alongside their business interest have no reason to worry about investing in the Philippine mining industry, a broad coalition of environmentalist groups said yesterday.
Reacting to the claim by an official of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry that the strong regulatory stance of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is “sending the wrong signals” to investors, the Green Thumb Coalition said only mining companies who have no regard for the environment and people’s welfare will not find it worth investing in a country that takes care of its ecological balance and its people.
"The implementation of regulations are not the problem in this issue, but rather these regulations have long been in place precisely in response to the destruction of our country's environment and the livelihood of the people," said Gerry Arances of the Center for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED), one of the conveners of the GTC.
"A strong and strict execution of prevailing laws will only strike fear among those corporations which aim to cut costs by disregarding the welfare of affected communities and the country as a whole," he added. "If investors make sure that the companies they fund follow the rules, they have nothing to be afraid of. Rather, they should be glad that the playing field is being changed for the benefit of better investment prospects which do not sacrifice sustainability and rights for the sake of profit."
The GTC said mining has not been a significant contributor to economic development and jobs generation, contributing less than one percent to employment—and mostly contractual, seasonal, non-permanent jobs.
On the other hand, the local mining industry basically exports raw ore to fuel the industrial needs of developed countries. “There is little national economic benefit from investments in mining, yet the costs to environment, and the hazards they pose are tremendous,” said Tina Pimentel of Bantay Kita, a member NGO of the Green Thumb Coalition.
The GTC said responsible businessmen and investors should, in fact, support the DENR in its effort to make mining companies obey the rules because, in the end, it is the image of the business community, and that of the good and responsible businessmen that are destroyed.
Said the GTC: “Assuming without granting that the country’s image to overseas investors is ‘destroyed’ as alleged by Jose Leviste, co-chairman of the PCCI committee on mining, we’d rather have our image than our environment destroyed by irresponsible mining investors. It would be far easier to repair our image than our environment. It is also less costly.”
“What is a good public image for if it leaves us with a destroyed environment that endangers the lives, health and food security of our people?” Leonora Lava of Greenpeace Philippines, a GTC member organization as well, added.
Siquijor Representative Ramon “Rav” Rocamora called for the early deliberation and passage of House Bill No. 4116 or the Philippine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (PH-EITI) Law which will mandate companies involved in mining, oil, gas and coal industries to undergo regular auditing and review. According to Rocamora the law will allow the public to see the full picture on how mining resources are used and whether mining activities are benefitting the local communities, and its impact.
“The EITI already exists as a voluntary mechanism for mining firms to take part in. What we want to do is to make it mandatory to ensure that the public is informed of the effects of mining with accurate data,” according to Rocamora.
“With this kind of mechanism, we can immediately avert any potential deleterious effect that a mining operation will have on the environment and the local community,” he added.
Under the law, a multi-stakeholder group composed of representatives from government agencies (including one each from both Houses of Congress), 5 representatives from the extractive industries, 5 representatives from the Civil Society Organizations, and one representative from the Indigenous People’s sector will be in charge of the PH-EITI. There will be regional and provincial formation of the EITI where mining companies operate.
“As much as possible, we want a balanced and well represented body to lead this initiative. This is to prevent any possible conflict of interest and ensure a broad support for this undertaking,” Rocamora stressed.
The PH-EITI Law also requires an annual report which will cover the revenue generated from the extractive industries such as payment to the national government and local government units. It will also include public disclosure of all concessions, contracts, and agreements and joint ventures entered into by the government. It will also include a CSO assessment of the EITI process itself.
“If enacted, this will help current efforts by the government led by the DENR in monitoring mining companies to ensure that they do not harm the environment and that communities really benefit from their operations. Moreover, it will lead to greater citizen’s participation and involvement in government mining policy because they will have a complete picture of the how a particular company operates,” Rocamora added.
As part of its commitment to the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) international Data Extractors Program, Bantay Kita (BK) has soft launched its "Demanding for Action, Transparency, and Accountability (DATA) Portal" in Cebu City last July 13 during the Open Government Partnership CSO participation capacity building.
The DATA Portal was developed by BK's research and communications officer drawing from his background in open data and transparency initiatives. The portal, as he describes it, is aimed at becoming a one-stop shop for data on mining, oil and gas industries for civil society organizations in the Philippines.
The portal currently hosts information on mining tenements, data visualizations on minerals extracted per province and also project level data which were sourced from Philippine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (PH-EITI) reports. More data will be added as soon as they are cleaned and made available.
To generate demand for the portal, BK has been conducting open data workshops around the Philippines to gather feedback using the "data user story template" which is a simple tool used to gauge data needs of BK's CSO members. The tools asks workshop participants what advocacy they are working on; who their decision maker or audience is; and what data they would need to arrive at the outcome they are working on. This ensures that data in the portal is not just specific to communities but also relevant to their respective advocacies and needs as a community.
The portal and its approach was recently presented in Madrid, Spain during the International Open Data Conference.
For more info about the DATA Portal, go to: www.data.bantaykita.ph or read this blog about the portal.