The Philippine Virtual Plenary

         The development of a Philippines Virtual Plenary Network is envisioned to play a significant role in providing the venue for consensus building and concurrently, in meeting the existing and future demand for information, knowledge sharing and acquisition, including coordination amongst key stakeholders in the Philippines' policy development environment.

          The initiative has the following objectives: 

to establish the PVP Network
to increase broad based multi-stakeholder participation and dialogue
provide a learning environment, promoting the sharing of knowledge, experiences and resources

         Various activities were undertaken for the Project, such as -

Research and interviews of persons regarding how their network/portal is able to able to effectively function as a venue for interaction and/or resource sites
Workshop to brief selected stakeholders, to design the website and the elements of the portal, and to draft the implementation plan of the PVP Net (10 - 11 January 2005 at the Meralco Management and Learning Development Center, Antipolo City)

Training of PSDN Technical Team which covered using features that are needed for the trainors to train other users in the use of the site (20 January 2005 at UNDP, Makati City)
Users'  Training for the Core Group to use the features of the PVP Net website (04 February 2005 at the National Computer Center, UP-Diliman, Quezon City)


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"Soft" Launching of the PVP Network which was attended by most of the attendees of the Users' Training (04 February 2005 at Cravings' Restaurant, Quezon City)

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Users'  Training for the House of Representatives Staff  to use the features of the PVP Net website (11 January 2006 at the National Computer Center, UP-Diliman, Quezon City)

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Meeting  with the Core Group to decide on protocols and plan for the year 2006 activities (17 January 2006 at the Astoria Plaza, Pasig City)
Meeting  with the Core Group to explore the PVPNet and set up respective online discussion groups.  Also discussed were ways to enhanced the portal and reaching out for more users  (27 July 2006 at the National Computer Center, UP-Diliman, Quezon City)

Presentation of the PVPNet to the Capacity 2015 Philippines Project Meeting (28 September 2006 at the Supreme Hotel, Baguio City), and to the International Multi-Sectoral Joint Conference on Multifunctionality of Agriculture and the Three UN Conventions of Biodiversity, Climate Change and Land Degradation (28-30 December 2006 at Marco Polo Hotel, Cebu City)
Users'  Training (to use the features of the PVP Net website) for the CAP2015 Project Partners  (29 September 2006 at Supreme Hotel, Baguio City), for the PCSD Sub-Committee on Information and Education (19 September 2006 at National Computer Center, Quezon City), for the Civil Society Counterpart Council for Sustainable Development (19 December 2006 at National Computer Center, Quezon City), and for the House of Representatives' Committees on Ecology and Natural Resources (15 January 2007 at the PSDN Office)
Trainings were conducted to moderators of various working groups: June 2006 and 11 September 2006, CSCCSD; 25 September 2006 and 23 October 2006, ENR CORE; 04 October 2006, CAP2015; PCSD Sub-Committee on Information and Education; 11 October 2006, ECSOM; and 10 November 2006, HOR Committee on Ecology
Meetings  with the Core Group to plan future activities (19 September 2006 at the National Computer Center, Quezon City)and (13 & 14 November 2006 at the Meralco Management and Leadership  Development Training Center, Antipolo City)
On 04 December 2006, the launch of The Philippines Virtual Plenary (PVPNet) was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas Center.  The event celebrated products, tools and the continuing process envisioned to formalize the efforts to manage information and its transformation into value-crating knowledge. It pulled together policy documents, ENR Sector information, project management models for environmental initiatives, efficient information sharing mechanisms, access and discussion platforms, and various IEC tools and advocacy products that offer stakeholders the options on how to respond to the call for actions.

          The PVP Network is now on-line at -


          The project is with funding assistance from the United Nations Development Programme through the ENR-CORE Programme.

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In collaboration with -
     Galing Pook Foundation 
     Center for Conscious Living Foundation
           The Project, which is funded by the PAN-ASIA, aims to test an ICT-mediated mechanism for knowledge sharing among local government units in the Philippines particularly among planning and development officers/coordinators.  

            The project has 5 components:

1.   Pooling of existing knowledge bases in best practices, tools, templates, know-how in local governance and local development.
2.   Inventory, design of a taxonomy or classification system and development of an e-Directory of existing expertise in local governance and local development.
3.   Action research and piloting of an e-group among local (municipal, city and province) planning and development officers/coordinators to develop a knowledge-sharing culture and to uncover what their priority knowledge needs for local governance and development at the local level.
  4.   Developing a bottom-up system where local planning and development officers/coordinators themselves will design and maintain a knowledgebase for thie priority needs.
5.   Developing a top-down Help Desk where experts on various technical areas/sub-areas of local governance and local development volunteer give freely their expertise through on-line consultation for those who need information and knowledge in the local level.
Tarragon Room, Cravings Restaurant
Diliman, Quezon City
08 September 2004
            The initial step in the overall strategy of designing and executing the ICT infrastructure for the network was to determine the information requirements as well as the capacity of the users as far as exchanging knowledge is concerned.  A core group of potential users or stakeholders was consulted to facilitate the process of identifying priority areas of knowledge that would be most helpful to the local government planning and development officers.  A Consultation-Workshop was held composed of local Planning and Development Officers from various municipalities and cities to help define the LOGSHARE ICT Infrastructure contents and protocols.
Training Room, National Computer Center
University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City
03 and 04 November 2004
            The core group met in November 2004 to establish a bottom-up network that took into account the needs, capacities, and aspirations of the key players involved.  From the exercise, the core group was also able to discuss and agree on the protocols of the network.  


ICT Training-Workshop
National Computer Center
University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City
28 March 2005
            The core group met on 28 March 2005 to test the new LOGOSHARE facility.  The sustainability of the LOGOSHARE was also discussed. 


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ICT Workshop / Roundtable Discussion
MMLDC Foundation, Inc.
Antipolo City
18 - 19 October 2005
           In October 2005, the core group met to revisit its goals and assessed their accomplishments.  Identified during the discussions were issues in project implementation and its alternative solutions.
Core Group Meeting
University Hotel, University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City
27 January 2006
           Planning the activities for the year 2006 was the main agenda of core group meeting in January 2006.  Issues such as sustainability and promotion of the LOGOSHARE were also discussed.

  to the LOGOSHARE website >>


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Case Study: Large Scale Mining in a Subanen Tribal Area in Siocon

Siocon is a municipality of the Province of Zamboanga del Norte. 
          The case study is of a large-scale mining activity in an area in the southern Philippines that have been the ancestral domain of a small sub-group of indigenous peoples (Subanen), forested, a watershed, rich in biodiversity, and wracked in conflict. It seek to extract lessons from the case relating to the linkage of resource utilization and governance issues on mining, forestry, biodiversity, water, and indigenous cultures.

          The study aimed to:

  • Capture lessons on environmental governance on mining, water, forests and biodiversity, when these occur in an ecologically and culturally sensitive site affected by armed conflicts;
  • Identify and understand the environmental governance issues in the area;
  • Identify lessons on environmental governance that might be shared with countries in the Asia-Pacific, consistent with the objectives of the UNDP REG Programme.

interview with the Mr. Emmanuel Mallari of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Zamboanga del Norte .... with Mr. Bonifacio Patoh, the barangay captain of Tabayo ...... meeting with the TVI Pacific, Inc.

   Pictures taken during the field visits of the study team (March and April 2005).

  to the case study report >>


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The Asia-Pacific Learning Event

          The Philippine Sustainable Development Network (PSDN), with support from the Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program of The Australian National University (ANU), held a Learning Event on behalf of the Communities and Small-Scale Mining (CASM) Network at the  Conference Center of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Makati City, Philippines on 7 - 12 June 2005.

         The event, with the theme - Community and State Interests in Small-Scale Mining: Sharing Experiences from the Asia-Pacific Region, provided a forum for participants from the countries of the Asia-Pacific region including the Philippines to share their knowledge and experience of some of the key achievements and ongoing issues surrounding artisanal and small-scale mining in the region.

          The participants also got the opportunity to interact with the local community of small scale miners during their field trip to Itogon, Mountain Province.   


  to the conference website >>


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