Celebrating National Heritage Month and 10 years of Jane’s Walks in Historic Quiapo District

MapPH hosts Jane's Walk at Historic Quiapo District

On May 7, Manila joined 200 cities in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Jane’s Walk and what would have been Jane Jacob’s 100th birthday. Jane’s Walks began in 2006 to commemorate the life of one of the most influential figures in urban planning. Jane Jacobs championed a community-based approach to designing cities, including the seminal concepts of pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, parks, and retail design in building vibrant local economies. She helped derail plans to convert core downtown neighbourhoods into highways in both Toronto and New York. May also marks National Heritage Month, providing opportunities to raise awareness of heritage buildings in need of preservation.

In partnership with Far Eastern University, Map the Philippines hosted a walking tour of historic Quiapo district attended by over a hundred participants. Labelled #mapPHquiapo, the tour included 125 year-old San Sebastian Basilica, led by Conservation Foundation Director, Tina Paterno who detailed the rich history of the country’s only all metal building and whose interior finishes are still original from 1891. The Basilica’s steel and cast iron were forged in Belgium and shipped to Manila in 9 steamships, and then curiously painted to look like stone. Its painters were the country’s leading art school which eventually evolved to become the University of the Philippines Fine Arts. Another original feature is its intricately painted German stained glass by Heinrich Oidtmann, whose work is part of major museum collections around the world.

From the church, Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautista’s Peter Rallos and Far Eastern University Guides Fatima Mae Luna and Francis Calderon led participants through historical Hidalgo street lined with 300 year-old homes and Bahay Nakpil-Bautista, home of composer Julio Nakpil and heroes of the 1896 revolution. The tour ended at Far Eastern University’s living art space, recognized by UNESCO for successful heritage preservation. Its five Art Deco buildings were designed by Pablo Antonio, Sr., National Artist for Architecture.

From the walking tour showcasing Quiapo’s past and present, the event transitioned to a mapping party for Quiapo’s future at the modern Far Eastern University Institute of Technology 17th floor hall overlooking the city of Manila. Participants learned the basics of neighborhood mapping on OpenStreetMap, how to report heritage protection needs, and how to share photos on free mapping app, Mapillary. Wikimedia Philippines taught participants how to create and edit Wikipedia pages. Local residents and the local fire hall inspector shared concerns regarding fire safety and the lack of adequate sprinkler and hydrants to protect heritage sites and affected communities, which initiated a separate project to map to identify fire risks in Quiapo.


Jane’s Walk Anniversary: Quiapo

by Celina Agaton

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In partnership with Far Eastern University, you’re invited to Map the Philippines at our Quiapo Walking Tour and Mapping Party on May 7th! #mapPHquiapo #mapPH

Join one or both events, everyone is welcome and the event is free!

9:00 – 12:00 Quiapo Neighbourhood Walking Tour. Meet at San Sebastian Church steps.
12:00 – 5:00 Mapping Party at the Rooftop of FEU’s Institute of Technology
Click on the green Register button above to secure your spot! You’ll receive more details and tips after registration.

During the Walking Tour you’ll hear stories behind the color and character of the Quiapo district, the former downtown of Manila. The Walking Tour is part of the 10th Anniversary of Jane’s Walks taking place in over 150 cities around the world. Learn more about the tour and Jane’s Walk.

Tour stops include:

  • Quiapo Market for truly Filipino crafts and their popular lumpia, hopia, noodles and curry stalls.
  • San Sebastian Basilica, the only all steel church in Asia, built in Belgium in the late 1880s, fitted with German stained glass and painted beautifully by the arts school which evolved to become UP Fine Arts.
  • Historical Hidalgo Street lined with 300 year-old homes and Bahay Nakpil-Bautista, home of heroes of the 1896 revolution.
  • Far Eastern University is a living art space, recognized by UNESCO for successful heritage preservation. Its five Art Deco buildings were designed by Pablo Antonio, Sr., National Artist for Architecture.

At the Mapping Party you’ll learn the basics of neighborhood mapping on OpenStreetMap, the Wikipedia of maps.

  • Share your photos on Mapillary to help highlight Quiapo heritage preservation and community needs.
  • Help update maps and create Wikipedia entries for the historical places and spaces of Quiapo.
  • Learn how to map and report community needs.

* We will have computer stations available.


Map The Philippines and Mozilla GeoWeek Mapping Party

OSM GeoWeek Mapping Party

The week of November 15-21 is Geography Awareness Week and to help celebrate, Map the Philippines and Mozilla Community Space Manila are hosting an OpenStreetMap GeoWeek mapping party on November 17 from 1-6pm.

We believe maps and community driven mapping projects can help visualize the needs and opportunities in our neighbourhoods. Maps can serve as the connecting point to coordinate and track efforts across government, business, NGOs and community groups. Which is why we support OpenStreetMap, a free and open source mapping platform supported by a community of over 2.3 million mappers that contribute data about roads, hospitals, restaurants, coffee shops and more from around the world. Learn more about becoming a mapping volunteer.

Learn about OpenStreetMap and how mapping helps visualize community needs and opportunities in disaster, livelihood, arts, heritage preservation and food security.

If you’d like to learn how to map, please bring your own laptop, tablet or GPS.
The event is free and everyone is welcome! Introductions will begin from 1:00-2:00pm.

Please register at http://geoweekmnl2015.eventbrite.com

Hashtag #mapPHL #osmgeoweek
November 17, 2015

1:00 to 6:00pm
Mozilla Community Space Manila (MozSpaceMNL)
Roof Deck, Molave Building,
2231 Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo)
Makati City, Philippines 1233

Mobile Number:
+63.905.398.4499

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Map the Philippines

Celina Agaton with partners from xchange and Making All Voices Count at the Map the Philippines Unconference on July 2015.

Celina Agaton with partners from xchange and Making All Voices Count at the Map the Philippines Unconference on July 2015.

Map the Philippines is an international initiative to help provide free, comprehensive and accessible maps of the Philippines. We teach local government, business, NGOs, students and citizens how to map their community assets and visualize needed infrastructure and investment for economic and tourist development, and disaster and community resilience. We collect and share data to help meet the Sustainable Development Goals through real-time data collection, coordination and monitoring of cross sector efforts. Our mapping partners include the U.S. State Department’s MapGive program, OpenStreetMap, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap, OpenStreetMap Philippines and the Digital Humanitarian Network.

Our goal is to help create more sustainable infrastructure and to provide a space for better cross sector collaboration, transparency and accountability for our communities. Our free online platform launches in early 2016 and provides opportunities for citizens and organizations to share their programs, services, and best practices, and to identify funding needs and connect with other stakeholders.

Map the Philippines’ partners include Making All Voices Count, a consortium of the U.K Department for International Development (DFID)U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)Swedish International Development Cooperation AgencyOpen Society Foundations (OSF) and Omidyar Network (ON), Hivos, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Ushahidi.

Map the Philippines launches in the summer of 2016.

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2015 USAID AidData Fellows

2015 USAID AidData Fellows

Celina Agaton with the 2015 USAID AidData Fellows

 

I’ve had the pleasure of hosting five USAID AidData Fellows from June to August 2015 here in Manila to work on several of my Map the Philippines initiatives. This is the first time fellows have been hosted in the Philippines, and we hope to host more fellows in the future. The AidData program helps improve the planning, tracking and delivery of aid of by using maps to visualize where aid has been delivered to a nation. In many cases, aid reporting data tracks the announcement of aid being promised to a nation but doesn’t track the flow down to the region, province, municipality, barangay or village. The process of creating these maps starts with geocoding, where a program or service is assigned a geographic location so that it can be placed on a map. Plotting these locations helps create maps that visualize patterns in the delivery of aid against poverty, disaster risk, hunger and other measures that can help fine tune programming and identify whether there are gaps and overlaps in the flow of aid within and organization, and across sectors. Government, NGOs, Business and citizens provide many programs and services to help communities, but often work independently, and in silos, so mapping can provide opportunities for better coordination, collaboration and monitoring of aid.

 

Literacy funding (purple areas) mapped against illiteracy levels - brown to dark brown indicating higher illiteracy levels.

Literacy funding (purple areas) mapped against illiteracy levels – brown to dark brown indicating high illiteracy levels.

 

So far the Fellows have joined me on several community engagements across Manila and Leyte, meeting mayors, students and other community leaders, faced challenges with contacting multiple government agencies for access to data and traveled hours to remote areas with limited road infrastructure for first hand experience on the importance of mapping and open data policies for better planning and accountability across public and private sectors. They’ll compile a summary of their work here by August, stay tuned here for the final report.

The fellows are here until August 12th, and are available to provide a complimentary 1-3 hour presentation or half day geocoding workshop to your organization. Here’s more background on their presentation.

Contact me for more details.


Join Making All Voices Count Innovation Showcase

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The Making All Voices Count team will be in Manila for the #Tech4Resilience Pitching Competition on July 8 at Far Eastern University’s Institute of Technology. If you have a disaster or community resilient program or technology, apply to join the Innovation Showcase and meet the Making All Voices Count team. Full details are below. Apply now >>

Making All Voices Count is an international initiative that contributes towards effective governance and accountability by enabling citizen engagement and open, responsive government in 12 countries in Africa and Asia. They nurture innovative approaches to strengthening citizen engagement and government accountability. They are supported by supported by the U.K Department for International Development (DFID)U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)Swedish International Development Cooperation AgencyOpen Society Foundations (OSF) and Omidyar Network (ON).

INNOVATION SHOWCASE: 

Initiatives on Disaster Resilience and Response in the Philippines
Doing some interesting work on disaster resilience and response in the Philippines? APPLY today to share your initiatives at the Innovation Showcase on July 8th 2015 at the Far Eastern University and come meet the Making All Voices Count team!
Making All Voices Count is a 12 country programme with the goals of promoting transparency, fighting corruption, empowering marginalized citizens, and harnessing the power of new technologies to make government more effective and accountable.

One of our main program themes for the Philippines is supporting initiatives that use technology and innovation to strengthen disaster resilience and response and engage government in doing so. We would like to get to know you and your work!

Only 20 showcase spots available so please apply ASAP through this form https://goo.gl/S2jRdB today!


Philippines #Tech4Resilience Competition

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I’m partnered with Making All Voices Count on this Philippines #Tech4Resilience Challenge. Anyone can apply!  Finalists will be presenting their pitches at my Map the Philippines event June 24, please save the date.
The deadline is on June 17. Good luck!

Making All Voices Count is calling for innovative projects and creative tech solutions that can be implemented in the Philippines under the themes below. The ideas should aim at addressing Making All Voices Count’s overarching goal; transparency, accountability and better governance. Any entity from the Philippines is welcome to apply: companies, government actors, non-profits, for-profits, education establishments, NGOs or individuals.

Themes

New projects that seek to incorporate both ‘offline’ efforts with use of ‘online’/ICT tools are strongly encouraged. The two themes for which you can submit your project idea are listed below. Ideas should seek to address two or more of the guiding points under each theme:

1. Within the theme ‘Strengthening community resiliency and response to disasters’ we seek projects that:

– Use of technology and innovation to strengthen disaster preparedness and response;

– Improve governance at local level for resilience and/or responses to natural disasters;

– Uses technology and innovation to support local communities with strengthening disaster resilience and response;

– Inclusive infrastructure and social program planning and development at community level;

– Make effective use of technology to ‘make all voices count’ through active engagement of women and marginalized groups or communities.
2. Within the theme ‘Improved planning and budgeting for disaster resiliency and response’ we seek projects that:

Utilizes open-data to facilitate dialogue for change between actors;

– Better integration of planning and/or budgeting across 3 levels of government using technology and innovation;

– Follow the money on resilience/response efforts;

– Improve government coordination that mitigates against humanitarian crisis using technology and innovation;

– Make effective use of technology to ‘make all voices count’ through active engagement of women and marginalized groups or communities in disaster planning and budgeting.

Process and Awards

– Up to 10 finalists will be selected to attend Map the Philippines Unconference – 23-24 June 2015, where they will pitch their idea to a panel of judges;

– 1 – 3 winners of the competition will get incubation support for their ideas from Making All Voices Count, with mentoring. Incubation will include preparation for potential innovation grants of up to GBP 40,000 down the line, depending on (i) the development of a proposal strong enough to warrant a grant and (ii) demonstration of their capacity to successfully implement;

– Winners will have access to mentoring support, international networking and related tools and resources through Making All Voices Count’s South to South Lab.

Key Dates

– Applications open on 25 May and close on 17 June 2015 23:59 GMT
– Finalists announced on 19 June 2015;
– Pitching session and announcement of winners on 24 June 2015

 

 


After Typhoon Haiyan: Disaster and Community Resiliency

Participatory Mapping with the Municipality of Malvar, Batangas

Participatory Mapping with the Municipality of Malvar, Batangas

It’s been a while since I’ve done an update to the crisismappers network since my talk post Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan at the International Conference on Crisis Mapping, but there are lots of good things happening here in the Philippines. The White House Office of Digital Strategy and the Office of Science and Technology Policy invited me to attend the first White House Mapathon on May 21, so I’ll be in DC until May 23 if folks want to meetup.

We’ve begun my cross sector initiative to provide a comprehensive map of the Philippines on OpenStreetMap. I’ve won a grant from Making All Voices Count to develop an open source, open data platform to provide layers of data from hazards and population, to infrastructure, disaster, community and economic reslilience needs. Some of our data partners include UNOCHA, Department of Interior and Local Government, League of Municipalities, WWF and corporate, NGO and citizen networks. One of the core functions of the platform is to identify gaps and overlaps in community needs versus publicly and privately funded programs. We aim to complete the first modules of the platform over the coming weeks to prepare for the upcoming monsoon season and 7.2 earthquake in Manila. We’re targeting high risk poverty, disaster and illegal fishing and poaching areas for disaster resilient farming projects and will be mapping this data on to the platform. This is a critical time in the Philippines with an upcoming national election in May 2016, meaning a government slow down by October 2015. We want to future proof the platform to ensure our partners are networked and running regardless of the future administration and in preparation for disasters.

The U.S. State Department’s MapGive program is generously providing satellite imagery help us map base layers on OpenStreetMap. I’ve requested Bing imagery to be refreshed countrywide to support our preparations. We would also love to be included on Missing Maps soon to help fast track our mapping.

With the World Bank and Department of Budget and Management, we are working on training local government units, colleges, cross sector partners and citizens on OpenStreetMap and a suite of other mapping tools for a more participatory planning and budgeting process on infrastructure planning.

We’re also providing free OpenStreetMap workshops across the country, including 5-day mapping training series pilots with colleges to learn OSM, JOSM and other free and opensource tools. We have a local drone partner who provide 5cm/pixel imagery for infrastructure, disaster preparedness and monitoring and evaluation and helps visualize infrastructure needs for budget proposals. We’re working with USAID AidData Fellows to work on several of our programs as well.

We’ll be piloting a Map the Philippines initiative to connect local and international mappers to local tourist and at risk area mapping activities. This is in preparation for the International Conference on Crisis Mapping which I am co-organizing in late 2016 and hosting in our new 26,000 square foot arts, tech and disaster resiliency centre. After the conference we are inviting mappers to join mapping events across the country.

Week of June 15th we’ll be organizing a free OSM training in Manila to help provide support for climate change and disaster risk mapping for the Philippines to join global Climathons with ClimateKIC on June 18 for COP21. On June 24 we’ll be hosting a Map the Philippines mapping event with OpenStreetMap Philippines and OSM Founder Steve Coast. This is in partnership with Making All Voices Count and includes a pitching competition on disaster resiliency tech with prize amounts of up to GBP20,000 or US$31K following incubation. We’ll be organizing mapathons for Disaster Resilience Reduction Day on October 13 and World Food Day on October 16.

I’ll have other updates on food security and disaster resilient agriculture soon.

Thank you for all your support so far. We’ll need help with feedback and support during these critical months and hope you can join us online and in country. We’ll have more details online soon.


OpenStreetMap Philippines Workshop in Batangas

OpenStreetMap in Batangas

Under the OpenRoads initiative, the World Bank is supporting the government of the Philippines in advancing a set of policies and tools to improve strategic local road infrastructure for inclusive growth. The starting point for financing and implementation of better local road networks is a strategic map.

OpenStreetMap Philippines conducted a 2-day OpenStreetMap workshop, with SkyEye drone mapping, community consultations and the Local Government Units of Tanauan and Malvar, Batangas. A follow up visit and additional mapping events and tools are planned soon.

Update: our drone imagery is available on CC-BY license on the OpenAerial platform.

View the photo gallery on Facebook >>

Learn more:

OpenRoads
http://openroads.ph/

OpenStreetMap Philippines
http://www.openstreetmap.org/

Map the Philippines
http://celinaagaton.com/openstreetmaps-10th-anniversary-party/


Get Walking! Jane’s Walk May 1-3

by Celina Agaton
Image from http://www.gotad.ca/

Image from http://www.gotad.ca/

I was lucky enough to be Jane Jacob’s neighbour in Toronto and am happy to now be helping organize Jane’s Walk in Manila, and hopefully other cities for the now annual Jane’s Walk on May 1-3. It’ s a terrific way to spend the day exploring the city and learning about the rich stories from our neighbourhoods.

Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours.

Stay tuned for more details!

Learn more about Jane’s Walks taking place all over the world >> http://janeswalk.org/