PhilWiki Community/Reports/2020 Report

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Report of activities: 2020[edit]

This page is the Annual Report of PhilWiki Community for the year 2020. It includes the activities of the organization from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

The Philippine Wikimedia Community User Group or PhilWiki Community was formed on 1 June 2015 to serve as an organization of unaffiliated Wikipedians in the Philippines.


  • January 12 - Regular Board Meeting held in Naga City was attended by Irvin Sto. Tomas (chair), Froy Beraña (vice), Ramon Olaño Jr., Anthony Diaz (secretary), and Maffeth Opiana. The agenda included: 2019 Annual Report, endorsement of KWF Commissioners, PH-WC office update, membership dues collection, 2020 projects, and global Wikimedia community updates.
  • January 15 - A simple celebration of Wikipedia 19 over a cup of coffee and pastries was done at Starbucks Café.


  • February 1 - Regular Board Meeting held in Naga City was attended by Irvin Sto. Tomas (chair), Froy Beraña (vice) and Maffeth Opiana. Ramon Olaño Jr., Anthony Diaz (secretary) were not in attendance. The agenda included: Mobile Learning Week, WikiGap and Art+Feminism campaigns; Outreach at Naga College Foundation; Upcoming projects; Membership and Annual Dues.
  • February 2 - Meetup with Manila-based Ralffralff in Naga.


  • March 8 - Wiki Gap in the Philippines was held in Naga City. The purpose of the activity was to participate in the global Wiki Gap Campaign. 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. Five participants 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.
Unfortunately, on March 16, the Philippine government declared the entire Luzon area in the Philippines under "enhanced community quarantine" (ECQ) which is effectively a total lockdown. In spite of the canceled offline activities, some of the participants continued their online activities.
  • March 8 - Regular Board Meeting held in Naga City was attended by Irvin Sto. Tomas (chair), Froy Beraña (appointed secretary), and Maffeth Opiana. The agenda included: Mobile Learning Week representative, ongoing Projects (WikiGap and Art+Feminism), outreach at Naga College Foundation (NCF), upcoming projects, membership and annual Dues.
  • March 21 - Annual General Meeting held via Zoom and Facebook messenger was attended by 13 members namely: Froy Beraña (Vice-Chairman/Vice-President), Josefwinzent Libot, John Paul Collantes, Steven Fung, Irvin Sto. Tomas (Chairman/President), Ira Villanueva, Joseph Ciudadano, Marvin Molin, Leah Banastao, Ralff Nestor Nacor, Ramon Olaño (Board Member/Treasurer), Maffeth Opiana (Board Member), and Anthony Diaz (Board Member/Secretary. Absent (8): Jusan Misolas, Maricris F. Gomez, Harold Gomez, Ian Kenneth Orasa, Rodel Frias, Imelda Brazal, Marvin Aquino, Vanjie Padilla.
The members voted for 5 Board Members among the 13 members present. Eleven (11) out of thirteen (13) members cast their ballot. The members who received the highest votes were: Froy Beraña (9) - ELECTED; Irvin Sto. Tomas (9) - ELECTED; Ramon Olaño (8) - ELECTED; Maffeth Opiana (6) - ELECTED; Steven Fung (6) - ELECTED.


  • April 25 - Regular Board Meeting held via Zoom was attended by Irvin Sto. Tomas (Chair), Steven Fung (Secretary), Froy Beraña and Maffeth Opiana. The agenda included: Pending the appointment of Ramon Olano Jr as Auditor; pending resolution on following standing committees: Advocacy, Diversity, Education, GLAM, Outreach; pending resolution on community coordination (project-based): Bikol, Cebuano, and Rinconada Wikipedias and Bikol Wiktionary in the Incubator, among others; discussion on the proposed activity Philippine Wikipedia Month to be patterned on Wikipedia Asia Month; Collectible fees from members; Other permits; Opening of bank account; and other matters.


  • May 1 to June 30 - The third edition of Wiki Loves Earth in the Philippines was held to promote the cultural heritage sites of the Philippines. Around 1,000 photographs from the Philippines were submitted in the world's largest nature photography contest.
Top 10 Winners


  • June 13 - Regular Board Meeting held via Zoom was attended by Irvin Sto. Tomas (Chair), Steven Fung, Froy Beraña and Maffeth Opiana (Secretary). The agenda included: Appointment of a new Board Member in replacement of Ramon Olaño, Appointment of new officers, Updates on post-incorporation requirements, and Upcoming activities. The Board approved Resolution: Appointment of New Officers wherein Marvin R. Molin was appointed as Board Member, Ralff Nestor Nachor as Auditor, and John Paul Collantes as Public Information Officer.



  • August 29 - Radio program guesting of Irvin Sto. Tomas along with fellow writers Marissa Redburn and Estelito Jacob, who served as resource persons of John Bongat in his radio program Hapot mo, Simbag ko: Lenggwaheng Bikol, naghihinagdan? over Home Radio 95.1 during its Language Month episode.[1]



  • October 1 to 31 - The third edition of Wiki Loves Monuments in the Philippines was held to promote the built heritage sites of the Philippines. Over a hundred photographs from the Philippines were submitted in the world's largest photography contest.


  • November 3 to 16 - PhilWiki Community participated in the Movement Strategy prioritization events for the user group to identify what is important for implementation in 2021. As a result, the top recommendations marked as the most important are: Improve User Experience, Innovate in Free Knowledge, Ensure Equity in Decision-making, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development.
Movement Strategy prioritization events map
On what human capacity and / or financial resources do the user group need to work on implementation, the user group responded: Dedicated staff coming from the community to do certain tasks which is beyond the capacity of our editors and volunteers in order to maintain the good status of Philippine Wikimedia Community as a non-profit organization; legal, medical and economic relief support in times of persecution, health risks, natural and man-made calamities including the threats of climate change; office space with essential facilities for trainings and regular meetings in order to fully operate as a non-profit organization; local funding in order to support its initiatives, individual's and other organization's projects, programs and activities that promote free, responsibly open-content resources and reference materials in English and Philippine languages; scholarships in short-term courses such as management and leadership skills training, event's management and organizing, media and communication.
  • November 30 - PhilWiki Community celebrated the 13th birthday of Bikol Wikipedia at Spring Valley Resort in Naga City attended by local contributors and friends.


  • December 5/6 - Representing the user group, Irvin joined 220 others at the Global Conversations. The main activity of the December Global Conversations was a series of discussions about implementing the highly-prioritized initiatives in the Wikimedia movement (priorities were identified earlier in the November global events and previously by communities).
  • December 11 - Over 700 teachers in the Philippines received 36 hours of training led by the Wikimedia Foundation Education Team in partnership with the PhilWiki Community User Group, and the Pasay City School District. The high level of participation in the pilot program is particularly notable given the unique and stressful demands teachers faced amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • December 18 - At the PhilWiki Community Year End Meeting held at Blackscoop Cafe in Naga City, with 3 board members, 4 regular members and 3 community members in attendance, the Annual Plan 2021 was finalized and formally adopted.


  1. Abogado Juan - Hapot mo Simbag ko. LENGGWAHENG BIKOL, NAGHIHINAGDAN? PHILHEALTH: SUMPAY BUHAY O DAI? (You Tube) August 29, 2020.