Returning to face the challenge

To the regular followers and commentators at Propinoy,

I wish to take leave from my regular column here as I have recently been appointed to manage a project funded by an international aid organisation in the Philippines. This will prevent me from commenting on current affairs in the Philippines, at least for the duration of my engagement.

The last three and a half years that I have spent blogging in this space have truly helped me hone my thinking regarding the development challenges facing the country. I am glad to now have the opportunity to put some of the things that I have been espousing into practice (fingers crossed!).

Although this is but a temporary hiatus, I know that I shall miss the interaction, the feedback and the lively, thoughtful discussions I have come to expect from you over the years. I know that my fellow bloggers here at Propinoy are more than capable of keeping the flame alive, so that when I return, we can continue this conversation.

Yours truly,

Doy Santos aka “The Cusp”

Save the Date — 8 AM, March 23, 2013: “Social Media Forum on National ICT Issues: The Automated Election System 2013”

Everything you always wanted to know about the automated election system (AES). And you get to ask your questions too. Join Democracy.Net.PH for “Social Media Forum on National ICT Issues: The Automated Election System 2013.”

On Saturday, 23 March 2013, 8:00 o’clock in the morning, at the  Justitia Room, Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee Center for the Rule of Law, we put the AES through the wringer via a forum patterned after an engineering process design review (PDR). The Commission on Elections’ (COMELEC) Commissioner Christian Robert Lim and Director James Jimenez, acting as project proponents, will walk us through the AES: the technology, the source code, the whole process from the casting of votes to the counting of ballots. Engineers, journalists, tech and political bloggers, lawyers, and concerned citizens of the Republic, acting as a proposal review committee, then get to ask questions for a more detailed and accurate understanding of the AES. Separate gossip from fact and see for yourself whether the AES is good for the country or is the harbinger of doom.

This event is open to the public. If you want to join us at the venue, please register via this link or via Facebook. Registration is on a “first-come, first-served” basis. If you’re halfway across the world unable to join us on that day, there will be a livestream care of BlogWatch and Smart Communications, and you can follow tweets via the hashtag “#AES2013PDR” and @PHNetDems.

What: “Social Media Forum on National ICT Issues: The Automated Election System 2013”
When: Saturday, 23 March 2013, 8:00 AM
Where: Justitia Room, Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee Center for the Rule of Law, 4th Floor, Ateneo Professional Schools, Rockwell Center, Makati City
How to join: Register here or join through Facebook


See you on Saturday!

MGG Expresses “Strong Objection” to COMELEC Purchase of PCOS Machines

MGG appeals to the COMELEC not to enter into another contract with Smartmatic, citing position papers by LENTE and TransparentElections.Org.Ph. Both LENTE andTransparentElections.Org.Ph were actively involved in monitoring the 2010 automated elections and draw from the expertise of their members in the law and information technology fields. Neither group is politically aligned. Read more

WASH Media Awards open for investigative journalists with water, sanitation & development stories

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) are now accepting entries for the WASH Media Awards.

According to the competition website, “The WASH Media Awards recognize and support the crucial role of media in raising awareness of the importance of water, sanitation, and hygiene services. It aims to promote coverage of WASH issues in the local, national and international media to have a positive influence on decision-makers, the private sector, the civil society as well as individuals and households.” Read more

Getty Images offers creative grants to photographers promoting positive change

Ever tried using Getty Images? Now’s your chance to work with one of the largest and most popular image banks in the world.

According to the Getty Images website, the creative grants are meant to “proudly support photographers and communications professionals who use their talents to promote positive change in our world.” Read more

Help ProPinoy win a Disqus Pro account

If you’ve been commenting here in, you’d know how chaotic our threads can get most of the time. That’s why I decided to enter the blog for a contest where we can win a Disqus Pro account. We badly need your vote though. Just look at how far behind we are lagging.

So we urge you to help us by voting for us at AppStorm. Those who comment here a lot should vote as well. You’ll benefit from this 😉