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Philippine Local Laws and Ordinances Digitization Project
proposed start date2023-02-08
proposed end date2023-04-30
grant start date2023-02-08T00:00:00Z
grant end date2023-04-30T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)287680 PHP
budget (USD)4960 USD
amount recommended (USD)4960
grant typeIndividual
funding regionESEAP
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Lady01v
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

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Philippine Women Wikimedian (Babaylan PH)

Grant Proposal[edit]

M. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.

Philippine Local Laws and Ordinances Digitization Project

Q. Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries? (optional)


Q2. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

R. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has.

1. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important.

Local Laws and Ordinances in almost all towns, cities and provinces in the Philippines are rarely online. It stays only in the physical offices of the legislative bodies of every town, city or province. The people who need to know, observe them and abide by them, otherwise get punished, fined or penalized if these are violated- almost have no idea they have these kinds of laws. We find it necessary to upload these important local legislations on Wikisource and on Wikimedia Commons. So people, young and old alike will have access to these relevant and timely local ordinances, especially in the age of information and open knowledge.

This project shall benefit mainly the citizens living in or outside of the town, city or province, the media, academe and the judiciary. They will use these information and digitized laws for their reference.

2. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.

We partner with the heads of 20 legislative offices in Pangasinan, the Vice Mayors to have the copies of their locla laws be uploaded on Wikisource and Wikimedia Commons. We also partnered with Pangasinan National High School students as volunteer editors. We will hold a Media Launch for this Project and a Legal Clinic after all the materials have been uploaded to Wiki Commons and Wikisource.

3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

Activities include Training the Volunteers on Editing Wikipedia Travel to each of the 20 towns to Gather Local Laws and Ordinances Documentation, Scanning, Uploading on Wikimedia Commons (3,000 photos) Uploading the Laws on Wikisource ( Minimum of 1,000 local laws) Promote the Project to Pangasinan Media and Get Coverage Hold a Legal Clinic to Maximize the Project's Impact

4. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign or event? If so, please select the relevant campaign below. If so, please select all the relevant campaigns from the list below. If "other", please state which.

Other (please specify)

Local Laws Digitization Project
5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Yes. All 20 team members are volunteers. No one from among the group is paid. They are from the academe, from the legal profession and from local government units. We can upload their usernames once we get their permission.

6. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified CONTENT knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Geography, Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance), Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

6.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

The knowledge gap on local laws and ordinances is so wide on this topic. Local governments publish their laws on community newspapers that are nowadays very seldom read by people. People want their laws and ordinances online, with easy access and in full transparency. That is why, that knowledge gap between the crafters of the law and the consumers of these laws are so wide that this digitization project is the best solution.

7. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or THEMATIC focus. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work and explain the rationale for identifying these themes.

Education, Human Rights, Public Policy

8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?

Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Socioeconomic status, Digital Access

9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities?

The target beneficiaries/participants are the local government units from 20 town in Western Pangasinan. They are called the Sangguniang Bayan (Legislative Offices). The volunteers are from the Pangasinan National High School selected Senior High School Students. If we train local government participants to uplpaod their local laws, then in the future and even after the project, they will be the one to upload their own laws so the project will be sustained. The volunteer participants are our young community members, when they graduate, our partner academes will provide another set of volunteers to continue the project. And if they are interested, we will invite them again to contribute to other projects that we will implement wit other partners so that their attention and interest will not wane.

10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?

We choose our partners very well. We take utmost care of our volunteers and we make sure their needs and safety is guaranteed by the partner beneficiaries which are mostly government units and private institutions with the highest integrity and credibility

11. Please tell us about how you have let your Wikimedia communities know about the planned activities and this proposal. Use this space to describe the processes you carried out to make the community more involved in planning this proposal. Please link the on-wiki community discussion(s) around the proposals.

We already have a tech group in our community. We have been doing tech-based volunteer projects since 2012. We used to be volunteer members of Google Business Group Pangasinan, Pangasinan ICT, Pangasinan Bloggers and Norte Bloggers. So when we discussed and decided to do this project.

12. Are you aware of other Rapid Fund proposals in your local group, community, or region that are being submitted and that align with your proposed project?


If yes:

12.1 Did you explore the possibility of doing a joint proposal with other leaders in your group?
12.2 How will this joint proposal allow you to have better results?
13. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedia partners to implement this proposal? Required.


13.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

Local Government Units- venue and materials Partner Academe- volunteer editors Media - Coverage and Promotion Legal Professionals - free service for the legal clinic Pangasinan Bloggers - promotion, coverage, publicity, graphics design Shareable Projects - Camera, tarpaulins and laiason

14. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of THREE options that most apply.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Improve User Experience, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

15. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

Will more local government units upload their own laws once this project is launched or its Phase 1 finished? Will it benefit more people in terms of accessibility, ease of reference and use if these local laws can be found on Wikipedia? Will it add credibility and trust for Wikipedia and its community in Pangasinan since the project is a partnership between the government and the WMF thru its volunteers in the Pangasinan community? Will it encourage more volunteers to join our pipeline projects for Pangasinan Wikipedia?

16. Based on these learning questions, what is the information or data you need to collect to answer these questions? Please register this information (as metric description) in the following spaces provided.
Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
Partner LGU feedback Feedback from Partner local government units on the benefits of uploading at least 50 local laws per town and their citizen's welfare on the impact of this project. That one or two of their staff can volunteer to edit, upload or document their future local laws in Wikisource and in Commons 20
Partner Academe Feedback Feedback from the Pangasinan National High School if they would continue with the partnership by sending in more volunteers, participating in more projects and encouraging other students to join. It will also be a metric if more schools join us in the next projects. 5
Media Partners Feedback We can measure the project's impact on the community, the residents of the towns covered through the feedback mechanism of our media partners. If more media entities cover our succeeding events 10
Citizen Feedback This is the most important metric that we can think of in gauging our project. If more people will benefit and use or access Wikisource, Commons as the repository for their local laws, then the project will be a success.If the law enforcement agencies, the judiciary shall reference these laws from Wikipedia, then our goals are met N/A
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants New Participants = 40

Returning Participants = 10 Partner School = 1 Partner LGU Participants = 20 Partner Media = 5 companies Partner Legal Professionals = 15

Number of editors 20 editors will initially participate in the project,

20 more editors from partner LGUs to continue with the project

Number of organizers There are initially two organizers, but the goal is to train three more to be able to handle simultaneous projects for Pangasinan. The organizers are in touch with the partners to make sure that there will be a seamless implementation of the project. One organizer is a liaison to the LGUs and one organizer deals with the media, volunteers and legal professionals 5
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikisource upload in Wikisource 800 local laws and ordinances from 20 towns in Pangasinan 800
Wikimedia Commons 3000 photos on Wikimedia Commons from 20 towns in Pangasinan 3000
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

Our target is to upload in Wikisource 800 local laws and ordinances, 3000 photos on Wikimedia Commons from 20 towns in Pangasinan. If these targets cannot be met, we will require our partner LGUs to continue with the project even after the project has commenced.

18. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support.

We will use the ISA and the Quarry tools to measure our metrics as well the feedback system since it will be our first time. We will also ask support whenever necessary

Financial Proposal[edit]

19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.

287680 PHP

19.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

4960 USD

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