TMA: Contemporary Developments in the ASEAN Communication Scene.

The book “Linking Research to Practice” was a very useful read as it tried to explain the reason why digital media especially blog have been a powerful tool in disseminating information to us readers.

For us Filipinos, it’s not much quite of a surprise that we are probably one of those who are actively uses the internet. According to SIRCA, the Philippines are at 83.1 of internet users and there were 3.3 billion of Filipino blog readers which tells me that we rely in the internet for information about everything that we need to know.

The social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram were also useful in voicing our thoughts and views about politics, government, entertainment, and fashion. However, too much useful that I would be shock at the comments made by netizens. Netizens nowadays have used the freedom of expression way too good because they can just say anything they want without being critical or analytical about the topic.

Here in the Philippines, especially during the May 2016 election, the emotions are high, and there were too much negativity in the social media. There are moments that you have to keep your thoughts to yourself because anything can be publicly shared and when your opinion does not much the other people’s point of view, they will demean you.And that can be the downside of these social media tools like blogging and twittering, the comments may sometimes not be monitored.

Although, blogging have been one of the avenue that the youth delegates of ASEAN participated into. According to the Rappler article about it, youth delagates discussed the issues that will be faced in the ASEAN Integration last December. This activity invited all the youth bloggers in participating in the blog website and it was not a surprise that a lot of Asians took their time in sharing their reflections towards ASEAN Integration.

This all boils down to one thing, social media is a powerful tool in influencing our thoughts and reflections. They can actually affect our behavior due to information that may be relevant to us. And bloggers are also like movie actors, what they know, that they use can be influential to us because of their strong advocacy or liking about it.

Sources:

Linking Research to Practice (Chib and Harris, Eds)

http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/76183-youth-turn-blogging-asean-issues

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TMA 2: Communication and ASEAN Integration.

The many reading materials that I have read regarding ASEAN Integration made me realize that even I as a Filipino is not much aware of the whole concept of ASEAN. Though, it’s quite sad that even if there is an association like ASEAN which aims to promote prosperity and foster relationship that will help in boosting the economy of the ten neighboring countries namely: Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

However, the more I get to know about this program, the more I realized that we have a long way to go before we perceived that ASEAN with its ten countries have an identity because from the looks of it, we are quite divided with the ideology and knowledge about these Asian countries.

For one, according to Prof. Benjamina Flor’s paper, “The Asian Media Landscape”, one thing that somehow makes this association crucial is the difference in beliefs and values, characteristics, and even stereotypes.

But as individuals, I believe that we know how to conform and follow rules and thanks to technology, we are in tuned to the latest news about our neighboring countries which makes it easier to foster good relationship.

Mass media especially the digital media through social media like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter keeps the connection open. Especially when it comes to travel, we become one with the country we are currently in. We immersed ourselves in their food, their culture. When I went to Hongkong last 2014, I made it a point to research the following do’s and don’ts in the country. I know for a fact that some of Hongkong nationals or perhaps Chinese in Mainland China visiting the place can be snob and “rude” because of certain manners, like not falling in line, or spitting just anywhere, but as a tourist, I may feel disgusted and perhaps irked with them, however, as someone who is visiting the country for the first time, you have to understand that it could be one of their personality as a country. It what’s makes them up and perhaps there is more to see than meets the eye, and indeed, Hongkong is one of the most favored destination.

And that also goes to other South-East Asian countries, they have their own rules that we need to abide and them also when they are visiting the Philippines.

I guess what would make the whole ASEAN Integration work is have these different countries immersed in different tourism projects that will promote the awesomeness of each neighboring country. Also, it would help if curriculum in our school would include ASEAN lessons so that youth will have an idea on how other people from different Asian country lives, their culture, their jobs, etc.

Perhaps, I would not mention about documentaries featuring these countries because they are a lot right now.

It is interesting that even of there are differences in our characteristics, beliefs, us Asians, know how to mingle and create wonderful relationships. And due to more work opportunities available to us, it can help our economy and other SEA countries to have better economy.

Sources:

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/could-asean-form-a-common/2514460.html

An Asean identity?

http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/ispeak/87163-asean-identity-possible

https://www.jstor.org/stable/25798675?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

 

 

DEVC 242 TMA 1: Introduction to ASEAN Media and Communication.

While reading the following recommended materials for this topic, I have realized that we are indeed so lucky to be living in an era where information is delivered to you in just one click of your finger. The rise of the digital age has proven that ASEAN countries has proven that they are capable of being at par with their Western neighbors.  According to Raymond Siva’s article “Communicating in ASEAN: The Need for Flexibility in Diverse Region”, the development of the economic structure in Asia has enabled its countries to be more digital-savvy. Asians are more in tune with the latest news and topics via their smart phones. In the same article, it was stressed also that while ASEAN countries may be enjoying the benefits of technology advancement like Internet, other Asian countries like Laos and Cambodia, may be too far behind when it comes to connecting via technology. In “The Asian Media ?Landscape”, Professor Benjie Flor mentioned that these two countries are the lowest in terms of ranking in developing ICT’s. Not only that, it can be also taken into consideration how media is portrayed and utilized in Asian countries. Until now we have to remember that not all countries in Asia can speak and disseminate information readily. Louie Tabing’s paper “The Development of Community Media in South-East Asia” enumerated some key point of communication media not being really accessible to the people or at least not freely stated: questioning about the powers given to the Kings and Sultan is prohibited. Here in the Philippines, from what I have observed, I would like to say that freedom of speech is freely expressed. Thanks to social media, information just about anything is easily accessed. Though, I noticed that us, Pinoys tend to be express our thoughts abruptly, that we tend to be more defensive of our opinions. However, it can be seen that Filipino people are really active in social media via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Delivering of news here in the Philippines though may be monitored. After all, the biggest network in the country are privately-owned and they have to protect their interest. However, Tabing stated in his paper that media facilities in Asia still holds its purpose to inform the people about the development in their city and country.

That is why even if people in some South-East Asian country may not have accessed to internet and social media, they can still stay abreast with the news through print media and radio which have proven to be effective in disseminating information. Tabing explained the community-based media offer a great deal of information that leads to the development of a city or town. It is within the people’s goal to develop its community that reinforces the act of sharing information that makes South-East Asia mobile and efficient both in technology and other sectors such as agricultural and economical.

As an ASEAN student now, I have become more interested in our neighboring countries. They have become an example that is thriving in all aspects of what a country should be like Singapore, I have always been amazed at how a small-population country can do excellent in their country. Their developement is truly amazing. I was inspired by the article in Manila Bulettin entitled “The roles of media and communication in Asean”, this article has a strong will of obligation to make the ASEAN policies work in terms of promoting co-ASEAN countries about their beauty and development.

This goes to show that we have to be be fully aware of our potential as a country to be able to promote ourselves to our ASIAN neighbors and also knowing their strenghts and weaknesses so that we can further hone our skills as Filipinos that can serves as an inspiration to them.

Sources:

“The ASEAN Media Landscape”. BenjaminaGonzalez-Flor.

“Communicating in ASEAN: The Need for Flexibility in a Diverse Region”.Raymond Siva. Available at: http://www.edelman.com/post/communicating-in-asean-the-need-for-flexibility-in-a-diverse-region/.

The roles of media and communication in Asean

http://www.cognitomedia.com/news/2014/03/07/asean-what-communicators-need-to-know

“The Development of Community Media in South-East Asia”.Louie Tabing. Available at: http://www.unesco.org/webworld/publications/community_media/pdf/chap5.pdf

 

 

 

Devc 202 – Activity 12

Activity 12.1. Conduct a stakeholder analysis of this policy.

  1. Government – Department of Health, with its efforts banned the use of cigarette through the campaign, Yosi Kadiri!
  2. Education – this will allow the students to be informed of the harmful effects of smoking
  3. Communication industry such as media, may be the one sector that will be greatly affected because of the profits that they may lose in advertisement of the tobacco. However, if advertisements will push through, content of the ad should be strictly conceptualized.
  4. Church according to the book, Introduction to Development Communication by Ongkiko stated that it may not be directly involved in issues like this but can only address it as an addiction problem.
  5. Consumers – will be the one who will greatly benefit as this will not strain their health and money as well.

Activity 12.2. Use any of the enumerated methods to do a short analysis of this policy.

Following the Social -cost Benefit analysis, it may be true that cigarette companies may have provided job employment to Filipinos and to keep the sales going, the use of advertisements is still used to generate profit. However, lot of Filipinos are dying because of lung cancer due to cigarette smoking. With that in mind, government agencies, NGOs continue to fight cigarette-causing diseases to promote healthy lifestyle among us. Even if banning tobacco may take a long time to be implemented, it was a good thing that cities are now implementing “no smoking zone” sign in every establishments so that no one will be affected by second hand smoke. It was also helpful that the price of cigarette/stick have become costly enabling the consumer to think twice before purchasing one.

Activity 12.3. Prepare a one-paged policy brief enumerating: your stakeholders; the results of your policy analysis; and your recommendations.

Recommendation that will be given from the two analyses above would be continued implementation of “no smoking” in certain establishments or even public place like parks, churches, sidewalks, it would be helpful of a fine will be given to those who will not follow this rule.

How technology has helped me in accomplishing my task and learned from them in school.

Module 2 which is about integration of technology has opened my eyes on how really technology has really shaped me in my schooling years. Little did I know that blackboard, chalk, charts were considered as instructional media and moving from Powerpoint presentation, slides, the use of Microsoft Word has contributed a lot in my learning.

Technology is a really powerful tool in education because it allows us to heightened our skills in researching, in navigating the machine. Before where students may be passive learners because of the amount of time they devote on just listening or observing on the instructional medium presented like slides, film clips, now, we can be our own captain of the ship when it comes to different high-tech gadgets, software, tablets, available to us.

I have always been a visual learner. I am fascinated by the pictures and vivid images presented and it really made studying more engaging.And with the different requirements needed to be submitted, it

Devc 202 Module 8: Communication and related concepts

Over the years, technology and the way we communicate has been continuously evolving. It is not enough that we send messages through text, now we have incorporated pictures to convey our message, making our message more fun and enjoybale to read. for the young generations, messages with pictures are more engaging to read. W

The five concepts of communication medium connected to internet that I chose are:

  • Memetics – are one of the most followed source of information in the internet today. A lot of people find memetics enjoyable to read because of its brief definition or quote that is wants to convey in a particular issue. They even make a script out of cartoon, scenes of a movie.
  • Dependency Model – with the advent of technology and social media that aids us with our work, assignments and even with our personal relationship, it is an understatement, that we have truly become dependent on mass media such as print, television, radio, and most especially the internet. We rely heavily on these medium because it allows us to be informed about issues.
  • Information and communication technology – utilization of all types of medium such as print, radio, television, and the internet so that users and companies can make use of these for information storage, manipulation, and to further improve services.
  • Invasion of privacy – associated to showbiz personalities, this is the type of situation wherein personal affairs are scrutinized by people without its consent.
  • Information overload – too much information that is processed in by humans and machine which can strain machines and cause stress to humans.

Module 6 – Types of Social Mobilization and strategies

Elements  of Social Mobilization

  • advocacy – one component of social mobilization wherein it convinces, persuades, and motivates the individual to participate in life-changing activities. Positive environment projects are often supported by policy support and resource generation group.
  • information, education and communication (iec) – this is where information are shared via communication methods.
  • community organizing – this is one of the important elements of social mobilization that helps individuals be more keen in problem-solving and to do action in every issue.
  • training and capacity building – this is where people are taught to be more competent in delivering services that will raise more awareness in mobilizing the program. Again, its aim is to develop people’s ability to make reliable decisions and act on activities.

Types of social mobilization

  • pragmatic social mobilization – community organizers develop ways to share relevant message that will help the project be successful and achieve its goals.
  • activist social mobilization – the programs and activities are facilitated by community members.
  • hybrid social mobilization – planning, implementation and evaluation are strictly followed by organizers in doing a project.

Module 5: Social Mobilization in social marketing

The emergence of new media especially on the 21st century enabled a lot of us to be more interactive and aware of what is really happening in our society.

Social media is considered right now as one of the most effective tool in communication and information sharing.

With many social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even the blogs, people can check on the official page, and therefore know whatever policies that it is being promoted that will benefit the consumers.

since, it’s technically free to share information in the net, social media allows connection and thus can generate impact, positive or negative reactions that can yield for them to improve their porgramme.

Module 7: Monitoring and Evaluation

Report on Monitoring and Evaluation

Definition of Monitoring

According to “Project/Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Guide” by International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, monitoring is the routine collection and analysis of information to track progress against set plan and check compliance to established standards. As I have understood, it is a continuous process of gathering the data related to the campaign, project, or activity launched that will answer the question “are things going alright?” on the said activity.

Evaluation on the other hand is a systematic and objective process of identifying if the measures taken or used in the activity are progressive. In the web article, “What is monitoring and evaluation (M&E)?, evaluations appraise data and information that inform strategic decisions, thus making the whole process open for improvements.

With evaluation, we are able to set and fulfil objectives which leads to the development, efficiency effectiveness, impact, and sustainability of the social mobilization project.

In “Project/Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Guide”e by International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, there are five common types of monitoring:

  • Results monitoring – monitoring merges with evaluation to determine if the project on target towards results (output, outcomes, impact).
  • Process monitoring – it examines how activities are delivered. If the resources will were delivered in a timely schedule.
  • Compliance monitoring – makes sure that it abides with the regulations of the local government, laws and they manage to deliver the requirements on time.
  • Context monitoring – it checks on the possible risks and assumptions, setbacks on the said project.
  • Beneficiary monitoring – it tracks beneficiary of a project. It includes a stakeholder complaints and feedback mechanism.
  • Financial monitoring – it monitors the money given to the one facilitating the whole project or programme and making sure that the money is allocated within the specific time and budget.
  • Organizational monitoring – if there are any partners involve in the project, this kind of monitoring checks on the communication between the facilitators and community involved.

The logic model that can be used in doing a monitoring and evaluation plan.

Two types of monitoring indicators:

Qualitative Data – This answer the questions “why” and “how”. According to “Monitoring and Evaluation Guidelines”, qualitative data analysis is the search for patterns and relationships in raw data. Explanations and reasoning are usually the basis in the analysis of the data being monitored.

Quantitative Data – From the same web article, it describes quantitative data as the presentation of numeric results of the monitoring report. This may answer the question “how much” and “how many”.

These are the following questions that needs to be answered in doing an EVALUATION.

As per “Monitoring and Evaluation” by Civicus, these are the ways of doing an evaluation:

  • Self-evaluation – wherein self-reflection is the key element in doing the assessment for the project.
  • Participatory evaluation – people such as the beneficiaries and the staff are involved in this internal evaluation.
  • Rapid Participatory Appraisal – qualitative in form, it is meant as a starting point in gathering information to better understand the situation of a community or the project.
  • External Evaluation – someone who is really not part of the team facilitates the evaluation.
  • Interactive evaluation – the evaluation team and the organization of the project are both involve in the evaluation.

Outputs, outcomes, and impact of campaign is also the basis for evaluation.

  • Output –these are campaign activities that needed to be measure like media coverage, number of materials created, and the implementation of the program elements.

We can measure them through surveys, focus groups, personal interviews.

  • Outcomes –the target audiences’ reaction to the campaign is the one being measured here to check if the program/project was effective.

We can measure them through surveys, satisfaction ratings, focus groups, personal interviews.

  • Impacts – long term effect of the behaviour changes in the issue being campaigned.

We can measure them through population-based surveys, and data, control groups.

This, on the other hand is a sample monitoring and evaluation taken from http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2003/12/18681/30965 (which you may check on).

Now, monitoring and evaluation is very vital in every campaign or social mobilization project because this will enable you to learn what elements that will work and what will not work in your project. You will also be on track in checking if the resources used were utilized and your objectives were followed. With the glitches and tested ways, we are able to adjust our program.

Sources:

“Monitoring and Evaluation Guidelines” by United Nations World Food Programme Office of Evaluation. Available at http://seachangecop.org/sites/default/files/documents/11-WFP%20-%20How%20to%20consolidate.pdf.

“Project/Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Guide” by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Available at http://www.ifrc.org/Global/Publications/monitoring/IFRC-ME-Guide-8-2011.pdf.

Monitoring and Evaluation. Available at http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTBELARUS/Resources/M&E.pdf

“Handbook on Monitoring and Evaluation for Results” by United Nations Development Programme. Available at http://web.undp.org/evaluation/documents/HandBook/ME-Handbook.pdf.

Monitoring and Evaluation. Available at http://www.civicus.org/new/media/Monitoring%20and%20Evaluation.pdf

Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation VAW Social Marketing Campaigns. Available at http://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/sites/learningtoendabuse.ca.vawlearningnetwork/files/L_B_17__.pdf

Images used courtesy of google.images

Module 4D: Social Marketing Strategy

Here are Duxbury’s 8 Steps in conceptualizing a social marketing strategy:

Step 1: What is the campaign purpose?

Identify what you want to do for your campaign.
Step 2: Target audience, objectives

You have to know which target market you want inform your message. By researching on their lifestyle, customs, behavior, we will be able to formulate a good plan.
Step 3: Set objectives and SMART targets

Again, SMART objective stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time bound activities that will help your social marketing plan work.
Step 4: Analyse the barriers and benefits of the desired behaviour
(product) and the current behaviour (competition)

If you already know your target market, check on the benefits and hassles that may come in implementing your plan so that in the end you will still derive at your desired change of behavior.
Step 5: Product, Price, Place, Promotion

Take into consideration these 4P’s so that you can actually
Develop tools and strategies to address major barriers and
benefits of the preferred behaviour (product) and the current
behaviour (competition) that address product, price, place and
promotion.
Develop a communication (promotion) strategy
Step 6: How will your marketing strategy be monitored and evaluated?

Determine on how you are going to check if your campaign was able to deliver the message across your target market and there was indeed a change of behavior.
Step 7: Work out your budget and funding sources.

Know how much will it cost for the whole campaign.
Step 8: Pilot your marketing strategy. After evaluation make changes and
roll it out more widely.

conducting surveys, test will also help gauge if the campaign was successful. Knowing the thoughts of the consumers, audience will also help develop a much better plan.

Importance of social marketing enables individuals to participate in social change. Since the advent of the internet, it is much easier to join and make our voices heard. Through the help of social media, many people has the ability to voice out their thoughts.

Since social media is being incorporated in social marketing plan, we have to know its full function:

Listen – this enables the companies or events group to know what the feedback is. #hashtags is one way for us to follow a certain brand or topic which will enable all its followers to have comments whether they liked the campaign or not. whether they were satisfied with the product or not.

Analyze – it’s much easier now to know the feedback because of how certain topics may be classified. Many product reviews, recommendations can now be seen in the net.

Engage – you have to constantly feed the audience with updates. You have to apply the three pillars of social media which are : campaign, content, and connections.

Influence – the word of mouth may be still the powerful form of advertising. And when your campaign, launch is successful and your target audience loved the product, you can expect that they will spread the good news about it.

Measure – it allows the organizers to check on how engage their target audience is to their products after it has been launched.