Entry for Day1: 21 November 2009, Saturday
The Cordillera Youth Training on Digital Social Networking opened today with 45 participants from the different faculties of the 2 campuses of the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (Bontoc and Tadian), from the offices of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines and the Vicariate of Bontoc Lagawe of the Roman Catholic Church, the Cordillera Peoples Alliance Mountain Province Chapter, the League of Progressive Students of MPSPC, Ap-apaway (Bontoc campus student paper), Northern Sagada Students Organisation, Mountain Province Youth Alliance, Begnas (organisation of students from Bauko town), Natonin-Paracelis Student Organisation. The other students come from the following Departments: Information and Technology, Office Administration, Business Administration, Criminology, Education, Agriculture, Engineering, among others. The day was spent in getting to know each other and being introduced to the different concepts related to digital social networking and leveling off on these concepts, and giving actual examples of these. The training will last until November 30th. For today, the venue of the sessions are at the library and focused on getting to know the participants and introduction on social digital networking, open-source networks and participatory media. The president of the College, Ms. Nieves A. Dacyon, gave the challenge of making this training contribute to making the college a relevant stakeholder in the province through the use of digital social networking as a tool to inform, share and collaborate.
Day 2: 22 November 2009, Sunday
It is a beautiful day in Bontoc today - clear skies and temperate weather. Some participants were early but we started about 30 minutes late because we had to re-arrange the set-up of the room. As a follow-up to the 1st day's input and as a preparation to the afternoon session, indigenous principles were discussed with a sharing from the FWII of the 16 Principles of the Medicine Wheel which resonates with most of the Igorot indigenous values, principles and practices. For instance, "Working in a circle" states that 'everything is connected to everything else' is a wholistic/comprehensive approach to transforming our lives, our communities and is a familiar principle used in community organising. The political, social,economic, spiritual and emotional aspects must be all addressed in order to bring about lasting change.
The rest of the day was spend in developing the digital platform for each group using Ning. Email addresses were created for those who do not have by buddying with those who already have their accounts. This included YouTube accounts. After that, everybody was intensely focused on their screens as they created their own sites, 6 of them. See some of the pictures in our photo section.
Day 3: 23 November 2009, Monday
We are now in Kayan East, Tadian municipality, about 1-1/2 hours ride by car away from Bontoc. We have been graciously invited and hosted by Ms. Dacyon. We are here to follow-up on our Tadian campus participants, 11 of them. and to make a solidarity visit to the Kayan East community which was the scene of a landslide in early November that killed 35, injured 3 and wounded the whole community (this is the words of Fr. Claver, the parish priest).
We visited the MPSPC campus where a quick session on the use of the videocam was conducted by Franco. Tadian does have not access to the internet, even with the SMARTBro that is supposed to link you to the internet for pay. The students will use the videocam to create their own work for uploading to their site this weekend.