Grants:Project/Rapid/Irvin Stotomas/Wiki Gap Philippines 2020 Campaign/Report

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2019-20 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.


Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

Despite the cancellation of the offline activities due to the CoViD-19 pandemic, we are still grateful for the achievement of the participants, especially in the international contest. Five of them improved at least 30 articles each and actively worked to improve the visibility of women in seven Philippine languages namely: Bikol, Cebuano, Ilocano, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Tagalog, and Waray.


Please report on your original project targets.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
50 participants 14 participants Event launch and online participants only
100 photos used on Wikimedia projects more than 100 photos previously uploaded on Commons used in translated articles
50 translated articles 322 new articles on Bikol Wikipedia alone participants also translated/created articles on Tagalog Wikipedia among other languages


Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

WikiGap 2020 PH event launch
Froy tutors a WikiGap participant
Maffeth tutors a WikiGap participant
Irvin tutors a WikiGap participant
Ramon orients an attendee
  • What worked well?

Personal networks help a lot in coming up with activities. As the project was being planned, an opportunity to give a talk on Bikol culture for college freshmen came from my former classmate in primary school, who now teaches at Naga College Foundation. She welcomed the idea of incorporating Wikipedia in my proposed lecture, which would have a follow-up workshop. An organization wherein I am also a member agreed to have an editing session. Unfortunately, on March 16, 2020, the Philippine government declared the entire Luzon area in the Philippines under "enhanced community quarantine" (ECQ) which is effectively a total lockdown. The majority of those who showed up in the launching on a Sunday afternoon were acquaintances and friends. Aside from the laptops used by the organizers, four participants brought their personal gadgets and even used their own WiFi connection.

However, in spite of the canceled offline activities, some of the participants continued their online activities.

  • What did not work so well?

The majority of the attendees were newbies and needed to be taught with the basics in editing.

  • What would you do differently next time?

The lecture with the college students and the editing session with my other organization will be conducted later this or next year. As an organizer as well as a participant in the international contest, I would propose to remove the point system and learn from the Wikipedia Asian Month guidelines.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

1 USD = 50.87 PHP as of 4 February 2020
Project budget table
No. Item Quantity Total Budget (PHP/USD) Total Expense (PHP/USD) Notes
1 Wiki Gap Philippines 2020 launch, and a follow-up activity 2 PHP 10,000
(USD 196.58)
PHP 3,571
(USD 70.20)
Event launch: food at venue offering free wifi for tutorial sessions.
2 Wikipedia Lecture, and a follow-up workshop
Snacks for the participants, and tokens of appreciation for the students who actively participated; Food for the follow-up workshop participants.
2 PHP 15,000
(USD 294.87)
(USD 0)
Cancelled due to Enhanced Community Quarantine
3 Awarding event
Food only for the attendees (15 pax) at venue with no cost such as a restaurant with a conference area
1 PHP 5,000
(USD 98.29)
(USD 0)
Cancelled due to Enhanced Community Quarantine
4 Prizes
Worth of assorted merchandise such as flash drives, memory cards, shirts, internet data etc.:
Top 10 Over-all winners (PHP 10,000/USD 196.58);
Special categories (PHP 10,000/USD 196.58): Women participant, top LGBT participant, top 3 Student participants; Photography (PHP 5,000/USD 98.29): Top 3 Image contributors
16 PHP 25,000
(USD 491.45)
PHP 8,187
(USD 160.94)
Gift cards and Wikipedia merchandize provided by Wikimedia Sverige to productive participants; and delivery (Cancelled awarding event due to Enhanced Community Quarantine)
5 Unexpected expenses PHP 5,870
(USD 115.39‬)
PHP 3,517
(USD 69.14)‬
Logistical expense, supplies etc.
Total Budget: PHP 60,870 (USD 1,196.58); Total Expense: PHP 15,275 (USD 300.275)

Remaining funds[edit]

Remaining funds from this grant have been returned to WMF in the amount of PHP 773.20.

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

  • Fund received PHP 60,897.00
  • Fund returned PHP 44,339.80 plus fund transfer fee of PHP 773.20

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project?