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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Trainings conducted to moderators of various working groups:
• Civil Society Counterpart Council for Sustainable Development (June 2006 and 11 September 2006)
• ENR CORE (25 September 2006 and 23 October 2006)
• CAP2015 and the Sub-Committee on Information and Education of the Philippine council for Sustainable Development  (04 October 2006)
• ECSOM (11 October 2006)
• Committee on Ecology of the House of Representatives (10 November 2006)


Promotion and Advocacy:
• Presentation of the PVPNet to the Capacity 2015 Philippines Project Meeting (28 September 2006 at the Supreme Hotel, Baguio City)
• Presentation and Poster Exhibit at 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)
  Presentation of the PVPNet to the Seminar Workshop for the Design of a Data-based Biodiversity Monitoring and Evaluation System for the Northeast Cagayan Landscape and Seascape (07 February 2006, GSP Ating Tahanan Training Center, Baguio City)
• Poster exhibit at the Forum on Biodiversity and Climate Change in celebration of the International Day of Biological Diversity (23 May 2007 at the National Institute for Geological Science of the University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City)
• Poster exhibit at Exposed 2007, an annual event of the College of Human Ecology on Social Development Services (12-14 September 2007 at the Student Union Building of the University of the Philippines - Los Baños, Laguna)
• Poster exhibit at the Anniversary celebration of School of Urban and Regional Planning of the University of the Philippines (22 October 2007 at the School of Urban and Regional Planning of the University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City)

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The PSDN nor the UNDP no longer owns the domain name  The PSDN, therefore, no longer have control over the content/information you may find in this location.
In the preparation of Marketing and Communications Plan for the PVPNet, the following were undertaken:
• The formation of Technical Advisory Group to provide guidance in a) identifying priority policy issues for discussion on the PVPNet, b) identifying information products that can be featured and knowledge products that can be shared on the PVPNet, c) identifying strategies for the expansion of PVPNet users and/or forum participants, and d) writing policy recommendations that arise from the forum/discussions on the PVPNet (first meeting on 28 September 2007, and second meeting on 18 December 2007 at the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning)


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• Survey of Internet Usage of the PVPNet target users (August 2007)
• Focus Group Discussions:
-  for Academe (25 September 2007)
-  for government agencies
   (27 September 2007)
-  for non-government organizations
   (25 September 2007)

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Users'  Training for various groups to introduce and learn how to use the features of the PVP Net:


For the House of Representatives Staff  (11 January 2006 at the National Computer Center, UP-Diliman, Quezon City)

• For the CAP 2015 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)
• For the House of Representatives' Committees on Ecology and Natural Resources (15 January 2007 at the PSDN Office and 20 December 2007 at the National Computer Center)


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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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Meetings  with the Core Group:
• To decide on protocols and plan for the year 2006 activities (17 January 2006 at the Astoria Plaza, Pasig City)

• 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)


• 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)
• To plan activities for 2008 (20 December 2007 at the National Computer Center, Quezon City)

Launching of The Philippines Virtual Plenary (PVPNet) 
The event celebrated products, tools and the continuing process envisioned to formalize the efforts to manage information and its transformation into value-creating 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. (04 December 2006 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City)





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

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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.

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submitted to UNDP Sep 2005 >>


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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.

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The Project aimed to test an ICT-mediated mechanism for knowledge sharing among local government units in the Philippines particularly among planning and development officers/coordinators.   It 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.

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 (08 September 2004 at the Tarragon Room of Cravings Restaurant, Diliman, Quezon City) 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-Workshops was held composed of local Planning and Development Officers from various municipalities and cities (03 and 04 November 2004 at the Training Room of the National Computer Center, University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City) to help define the LOGSHARE ICT Infrastructure contents and agree on protocols of the network.

Various trainings, workshops and meetings were held (28 March 2005 at the National Computer Center, Quezon City; 18 - 19 October 2005 at the MMLDC Foundation, Inc., Antipolo City; 27 January 2006 at the University Hotel of the University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City; etc.) to establish a bottom-up network that took into account the needs, capacities, and aspirations of the key players involved.

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