WATCH: Moving PH through social good #SGS2015
MANILA, Philippines – At the 2015 Social Good Summit in the Philippines, MovePH looked back at the issues and initiatives it pursued in the past year.
From September 2014 to September 2015, it pushed stories and initiated campaigns that promoted social good.
It also trained students, youth leaders, citizen journalists, and activists on how to make social media a platform for their causes.
Since its founding in 2012 as Rappler's civic engagement arm, MovePH has engaged communities, empowering them to tell their stories and create ripples of change.
From pushing for support for kids in conflict areas through football to engaging communities to synergize efforts to eradicate hunger, we have seen how Filipinos take action in their communities.
In September 2014, while the 2014 Social Good Summit was being held in Tacloban and Typhoon Mario (Fung-Wong) was battering the Philippines, one of MovePH's platforms helped save lives.
A trapped pregnant mother and her family were rescued with the help of Project Agos partners and the social media. (READ: Project Agos: Pregnant woman, HIV patient rescued)
Project Agos is MovePH's flagship project. It is a collaborative platform that harnesses technology and social media to ensure that critical information flows to those who need it before, during, and after disasters.
With the support of AusAid, Project Agos has conducted more than 10 social media workshops all over the Philippines and helped local government officials and disaster responders use social media to improve disaster communication.
In April 2015, Move and Rappler ran a campaign to spare the life of Mary Jane Veloso, an overseas Filipino worker who was victimized by drug traffickers. She was sentenced to death by an Indonesian court. (READ: The story of Mary Jane Veloso, in her own words)
The campaign #SaveMaryJane spread like wildfire as Filipinos and other activists around the world called on the Indonesian government to stop Veloso's execution. In the end, the public clamor and international pressure was too big to ignore and the hashtag #SaveMaryJane became #MaryJaneLives.
Today, Mary Jane lives. (READ: How the viral petition to save Mary Jane reached Jokowi)
MovePH conducted more than 15 citizen journalism and civic engagement workshops across the Philippines in 2015.
In June 2015, for instance, we held a Move workshop in Tawi-Tawi which was attended by more than 1,500 youth from the islands of the province.
The movement that was started in the shores of Bongao eventually became a model for our communities across the country. (READ: Petition vs abusive Tawi-Tawi trike drivers launched)
MovePH reached these milestones because of the hundreds of Movers and partners across the Philippines.
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