BayangPinoy KAKAYAHAN : Bridging the digital divide through appropriate technologies, synergies and communities.

BayangPinoy KAKAYAHAN : Bridging the digital divide through appropriate technologies, synergies and communities.

Philippines
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

KAKAYAHAN will:
1) provide enabling solutions to industries and communities,
2) provide free skills training to out-of-school youths to create high value-added jobs and entrepreneurship, and
3) strengthen community linkages,
with particular focus on rural communities.

This will match community/business needs with appropriate technologies and targeted skills development programs.

About You
Organization:
BayangPinoy Organization, Inc.
Section 1: About You
First Name

Joel

Last Name

Galgana

Website
Country

, RIZ

Section 2: About Your Organization
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

Organization Name

BayangPinoy Organization, Inc.

Organization Phone

+632 710 5650

Organization Address

910 East Tower, Tektite Bldg, Ortigas Pasig MM PH

Organization Country

, RIZ

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Your idea
Country your work focuses on

, NEC

Innovation
What makes your innovation unique?

Under the KAKAYAHAN project (from the tagalog word meaning "skill", "capability" or "means"), BayangPinoy will study and learn from the ever-growing digital divide to identify much-needed and practical capacity-building projects and use the available technologies and learnings to establish simpler, more appropriate and easier-to-implement applications and services.

This approach minimizes the social costs associated with capacity-building, applied/technical education and access to ICT infrastructures by integrating them into commercially-viable projects and services. At the same time, developmental risks will be reduced by tapping readily-available expertise, technologies and solutions and spreading the costs across a "community of needs".

This will reduce the digital divide issue, enhance local industries and provide high-value jobs and earning opportunities, in the process reducing the need for Filipinos to migrate out of the country.

Specifically, BayagPinoy will initially enter into service agreements with local industries, governments and organizations to provide "low-lying fruits" of ICT such as automation, internet access and basic communications, and will then progress to more challenging projects as the communities improve in capacity and develop an ever-increasing "appetite" for more-advanced solutions and services.

Parallel to this, selected out-of-school youths and the unemployed will be provided with training and access to the necessary infrastructure to be able to service and support the developing systems and services.

This synergy of identified need and available technical skills, as enabled by technical and managerial expertise from available internal resources and outside volunteers will then reduce the barriers to technical advancement, along the way solve the issue of financing, lack of infrastructure and technical risks.

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Impact
Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

ISSUES: Education, poverty alleviation, income generation, migration, and community/rural development

In the Philippines, education and infrastructure for skills development are either unavailable and/or basically out-of-reach of the majority of the population, particularly the rural poor.

This has forced a lot of Filipinos to seek employment outside of the country and has resulted in the term "filipina" being associated in the UK as "household servant", and the country becoming a top "exporter" of human labor.

The addition of high value-added skills and the availability of common-use infrastructures (computers, internet, payment facilities etc.) will enhance the beneficiaries' employment opportunities and minimize the need to seek low-wage/low-skill jobs in other countries. The continued presence of these skilled workers will enhance social development while reducing issues brought about by the otherwise forced-migration of the wage-earner part of the family.

ISSUES: Economic development
The increased economic capacity of the enabled workers, local consumption and spending, and the development of local communities and industries leading to better products and services are factors that are expected to work together to establish a cycle of continuing development.

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

The inter-locking primary problems addressed by Kakayahan are:
1) high costs of (poor/innappropriate) education and low-skill levels resulting in massive unemployment (and high incidences of "broken families" due to migrant labor)
2) poor capabilities and low range of products and services in local industries
3) poor infrastructures (resulting in lack of access) and low consumption capacities of local commmunities

Kakayahan will address not just one issue, but all three simultaneously.

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. Include a description of the business model. What might prevent that success?

BayangPinoy will aggresively attack identified "digital divide" issues, and develop practical, affordable solutions that provide huge benefits to local industries and organizations. To this end, its skill sets and network of ICT partners would be strongly leveraged.

Linkages and networking between local communities, skills and expertise, and governments are already being established, along with tie-ups with national government agencies and major educational institutions

Grassroots organizational efforts along with education and skills development initiatives are also being conducted.

From the commercial standpoint, the business model is a straight-forward service contract. This is a proven model which local governments and businesses are familiar with, and to which the personnel of BayangPinoy has considerable experience in.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

Year 1 (PILOT): Establish and complete basic KAKAYAHAN projects in 5 local rural communities in the province of Nueva Ecija. Around 400 (40 student/learners per class, 2 classes per project, 5 projects) individuals would have been enabled, 5 businesses/governments/communities would have been engaged, and the rest of the local cities and municipalities of Nueva Ecija would have been made aware.

Year 2 (Expansion of Basic program and provision of more advanced services): Provision of another 5 basic projects, and the implementation of at least 5 expansion/advanced projects.

Year 3 (Nationwide): roll-out of the project on a national / international basis.

How many people will your project serve annually?

1001‐10,000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$100 ‐ 1000

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

KAKAYAHAN will build on existing government education and job development initiatives and will seek to redirect said efforts towards local development, improved access to educational and developmental resources, and more integration between local/national need. There will also be an increased emphasis on migrating to an information-driven economy towards becoming a player in the global marketplace in the immediate future.

Sustainability
What stage is your Social Enterprise in?

Operating for less than a year

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?

Yes

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?

Yes

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?

Yes

Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your Social Enterprise

BayangPinoy has already established key partnerships with the national Commission on ICT (CICT), the Department of Education, the association of National State Colleges and Universities, and various private educational institutions towards the provision of education and skills training.

Linkages with the local governments of Nueva Ecija are underway, along with linkages with local industry associations and civil sectors organizations.

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

The revenue model is as a service provider / consultancy to businesses and organizations. Services and projects would provide the funding for the On-the-job training/apprenticeship programs. The graduates of the training programs would then service/maintain the systems and projects.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

After long discussions on digital divide issues, it was recognized that the ever-widening gap (along with the openness of the Internet) provides a huge body of information and knowledge on developmental issues regarding ICT.

After that, the insight's application on Philippine issues of local development, employment issues and slow business developments came automatically.

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

Joel Galgana is an ICT enthusiast whose life experiences are very much grounded on the hardships of Philippine life. It is therefore but natural that he made use of his interests and expertise in bridging the digital and economic divide in the Philippines.

His volunteering efforts range from natural resources conservation activities, to grassroots and basic educational initiatives, to micro- and small business developmental projects.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Web Search (e.g., Google or Yahoo)

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