HIGHLIGHTS: PH+SocialGood: Tacloban #2030NOW


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Join the conversation in Tacloban City on September 20, 2014, as we look at how technology can fuel civic action and imagine what the world would look like if it were #2030NOW

MANILA, Philippines – On September 20 in Tacloban City, Rappler, Microsoft and the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy capped 4 days of think-sessions on technology and what lies ahead with PH+SocialGood 2014: Tacloban #2030NOW.

International and Filipino experts, top officials and key players from diverse backgrounds and fields came together in Tacloban City, the symbolic epicenter of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which hit central Philippines in November 2013.

Typhoon Yolanda: Leyte recovers – Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla


Alan Alcantara, “The Barber of Guiuan”


Lessons from Haiyan – Mayor Alfred Romualdez


Q & A with Petilla and Romualdez

The Evolution of Journalism – Kelli Arena


Social media’s best practices in times of disaster – Stacy de Jesus


Andrew Rosauer of World Vision 

Romina Sta. Clara of the International Organization of Migration 


Q & A with Rosauer and Sta. Clara


Javier Town after Haiyan – Mayor Sandy Javier


Risk Awareness and Disaster Preparedness – Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum

Armed Forces Challenges – Major General Jet Velarmino

 Q & A with Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum, Major General Jet Velarmino and AFP Chief of Staff Pio Catapang 

Project Agos – Maria Ressa


Social Good: 2030 Now – Naderev Saño


Key government and civil-society players assessed the post-Haiyan response and explored the potential of technology and social media to fuel civic action for disaster preparedness and response.

The Summit ended with a call to action for all stakeholders to envision the future we desire and take concrete steps to make that vision a reality today.

The Speakers (in alphabetical order)
Kelli Arena
Executive Director, Global Center for Journalism and Democracy

Kelli is the founding Executive Director of the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy (GCJD). Additionally, Arena is the first recipient of the Dan Rather Chair of Journalism. Arena came to SHSU from Washington, D.C. where she was CNN’s Justice and Investigative Correspondent. She is a globally recognized, award-winning journalist with decades of experience in national and international newsrooms. Well known for her work at CNN, she is also an internationally renowned moderator, engaging some of the world’s most notable and creative thinkers.

As the first recipient of the Dan Rather Chair of Journalism, Arena was hired to bring national attention to SHSU’s journalism department. During her tenure, Arena has developed journalism courses and workshops, created a GCJD speaker series, and has overseen SHSU’s student-run news program Channel 7 News.

Stacy de Jesus
Social Media Head, Rappler

This girl has been live tweeting way back when it was not yet a thing in the Philippines. Stacy is the youngest member of Rappler’s Core team. A pioneer in her field, this 20-something heads the Social Media Team.

While a student, she was awarded twice at the Malacañan Palace in 2007. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication – cum laude – in 2010 from AMA University, she went on to be one of the first social media producers and project leads for GMA Network, Inc.’s social media accounts. At GMA, she was also part of the team that first handled their citizen journalism arm and digital news gathering efforts.

Patricia Evangelista
Multimedia Manager, Rappler

Patricia is a writer, producer and videographer.

She has covered the refugee camps of Burma and the killing fields of Maguindanao. She was first published as a youth columnist by the Philippine Star, and then went on to write a weekly column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s opinion section that ran for nine years.  Patricia had her start in television journalism as a production assistant for ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel. She went on to produce a number of programs and documentaries, including the groundbreaking narrative series, Storyline. 

She is a fellow of the South East Asian Press Alliance, a Titus Brandsma Awardee for Emergent Journalism and was part of Devex’s 2012 40 under 40. Her various television projects have been recipients of a number of local awards including the Gawad Tanglaw, the Catholic Mass Media Award, as well as three New York Festivals medals. She writes analysis for Rappler’s Thought Leaders section and is a field reporter for disaster and human rights. She continues to produce political profiles as well as human interest portraits.

Mayor Leonardo Javier
Municipality of Javier, Leyte

Leopoldo Dominico Petilla is currently serving his first term as governor of Leyte. He comes from the Loreto-Cari-Petilla clan, a well-entrenched political family in the province. He is the younger brother of Energy Secretary and former Leyte governor Jericho Petilla.

Maria Ressa
CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler.com

Maria is CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler.com. She has been a journalist in Asia for more than 25 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta. Maria was one of the founders of independent production company, Probe. For 6 years, she set strategic directions and managed more than 1,000 journalists for the Philippines’ largest news group, ABS-CBN. Her latest book, “From Bin Laden to Facebook,” is part of her work as the Author-in-Residence and Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research in Singapore. She was named the Southeast Asia Visiting Scholar at CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Andrew Rosauer
Response Director, World Vision

Andrew Rosauer is currently World Vision Haiyan Response’s Response Director based in Tacloban City, Philippines. Andrew has an extensive 25-year experience in humanitarian emergencies and development work spanning different countries including Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, Somalia, Kosovo and Bosnia among others. He hails from Colorado, USA. Prior to his assignment for the Haiyan Response, he was based in Nairobi, Kenya as Regional Technical Advisor for Emergencies.

Naderev Saño
Commissioner, Climate Change Commission

A graduate of the University of the Philippines, Saño has been a longtime environmental activist who spent more than a decade with the World Wildlife Fund. He has also managed various projects on marine protected areas and coastal resources and has worked with various local governments on environmental protection. Appointed commissioner of the Climate Change Commission in 2010, Saño is the head negotiator of the Philippines in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties every year. In an emotional speech in Poland days after Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013, Saño linked the devastation to climate change.

Renato Solidum Jr, PhD
Director, PHIVOLCS

Dr Solidum has been with Phivolcs since 1984, the agency tasked to mitigate the effects of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. In 2010, Solidum received the Presidential Lingkod Bayan award for raising the bar of disaster risk reduction and initiating a nationwide mapping program in the Philippines. He’s a recognized expert in Geochemistry, Marine Geology, Volcano and Earthquake Geology, Geologic Hazards Assessment and Awareness, and Earth Science Education. Dr Solidum holds a Master’s Degree in Geological Science from the University of Illinois and completed his PhD in Earth Science at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California in San Diego.

Romina Sta. Clara
National Protection Programme Coordinator, International Organization for Migration

Romina “Beng” D. Sta.Clara has worked with international agencies for 10 years, and with civil society for 13 years. She has 12 years of actual project cycle management including resource mobilization and donor coordination, both for institutional and private sector donors. She has 10 years of direct experience in policy and public advocacy and popular/adult education. She has been a gender focal person/gender mainstreaming and human rights specialist for a cumulative period of 10 years, both in the civil society organizations’ and international agencies’ context. She graduated with an MA in Women and Development and AB Political Science (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines (UP). She has received certifications from ILO for gender education management and participatory gender audit, and from the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Global Protection Cluster on the Guidelines on Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings. She has received the EuropeAid Best Communication Award for Asia for a submission on counter-trafficking initiative in the Philippines during her stint as Programme Officer with the European Union Delegation to the Philippines. She is currently with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Philippines as National Gender Focal Person and National Protection Programme Coordinator.


8:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:15


National Anthem


Patricia Evangelista, Ground Rules

Acknowledgment of Partners, Voltaire Tupaz, MovePH, Rappler

9:15 – 9:20

Opening Remarks

Shirley Gamus, Woman Carpenter

9:20 – 9:30

The Social Good Summit: Why 2030 Now?

Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler

9:30 – 9:45

Typhoon Yolanda: Leyte recovers

Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla

9:45 – 10:00

Video: The barber from Guiuan

Patricia Evangelista, Multimedia Manager, Rappler

10:00 – 10:15

Lessons from Haiyan

Mayor Alfred Romualdez, Tacloban City

10:15 – 10:25


10:25 – 11:20

Panel Discussion

Disaster preparedness and management: What problems need to be addressed? Discuss concrete solutions, innovations, case studies, lessons, policy issues


Mayor Leonardo Javier

Andrew Rosauer, World Vision Typhoon Haiyan Response

Romina Sta. Clara, International Organization for Migration

Moderator: Zak Yuson

11:20 – 11:45

The Evolution of Journalism

Kelli Arena, Global Center for Journalism and Democracy

11:45 – 12:00

Social media’s best practices in times of disaster

Stacy de Jesus, Social Media Head, Rappler

12:00 – 1:15


1:15 – 1:30

Video Presentation

1:30 – 1:45

Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier

Javier town, Leyte

1:45 – 2:00

Risk awareness and preparedness

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum

2:00 – 2:15

Armed Forces Challenges

Major General Jet Velarmino, Commanding General, 8th Infantry Division, Armed Forces of the Philippines

2:15 – 2:30

Q & A

2:30 – 2:35


2:35 – 2:50

Project Agos

Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler

2:50 – 3:10

Social Good: 2030 Now

Naderev Saño, Climate Change Commission

3:10 – 3:15

Q & A with Maria Ressa and Naderev Saño

3:15 – 3:30

Video: Participants Reactions to the Summit

3:30 – 3:50

Unity Statement

3:50 – 4:00

Closing Remarks

Glenda M. Gloria, Managing Editor, Rappler



Whether you are in Tacloban or in Tokyo, you can be a part of the PH+SocialGood Summit on September 20, 2014 to share your ideas about technology’s role in social development. 

The Tacloban Summit will be held at the Leyte Park Hotel, Tacloban City, from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

PH+Social Good will be live streamed on the front page of Rappler.com and on PlusSocialGood.com. You can also follow our live blog or join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #2030NOW.

Sign up for the PH+SocialGood Tacloban Summit

Entrance is free but prior registration is required as seats are limited. Registration is not yet open to the public. Bookmark and reload this page often to get the latest updates for the PH+SocialGood Summit. 

This event is also sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the World Vision Development Foundation.

About the Summit

The Social Good Summit is an annual, global event that brings together movers and shakers to discuss how technology and social media can be used for social good.

In last year’s PH+SocialGood Summit, Rappler unveiled Project Agos, kicking off the year-long collaboration integrating disaster mapping, crowdsourcing and social media in a transparent platform combining top-down government workflows with bottom-up civic engagement. 

This year, Rappler takes the Summit to Tacloban on September 20 to highlight the challenges of recovery and rehabilitation one year on from Typhoon Haiyan. – Rappler.com 

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