Do you have more than 800 contacts, 200 followers, and dozens of likes on your posts? That means nextto nothing if it doesn’t translate into actual support for a cause: the youth’s cause. Following the success of the
Kabataan News Network
programme, the Probe Media Foundation, Inc. (PMFI), now dares collegestudents all over the country to convert their social networks into something with a
social net worth.
In partnership with the Philippine Center for Population and Development (PCPD) and through
, PMFI will be facilitating a workshop for college students in February 2012, focusing on issuesrelated to population and development (popdev).
Social NetWorth: The Filipino Youth on Social Media and PopDev
aims to discuss and highlight a variety of issues related to popdev, includingpopulation momentum. The workshop will also teach strategies and schemes that will help the participantsmaximize their social networks and the use of both online and offline media strategies in discussing andadvocating popdev. As part of the programme’s culminating activity, the students will conceptualize, plan,and execute social media and transmedia projects in their communities,geared towards increasing awareness and participation among their peersand engaging them in a proactive stance on popdev.
Social NetWorth: The Filipino Youth on Social Media andPopDev
This workshop is open to thirty (30) Filipino college students from Luzon, Visayas,and Mindanao. Students must be enrolled under a liberal arts and/orcommunications-related course.Selected participants shall undergo the following activities:
4-day workshop in Manila on popdev issues and social media techniques(Feb 24-27, 2012)
Implementation of social/transmedia output (blogs, websites, games,transmedia activities) to be presented to the community (March to April 2012)
A culminating activity in Manila for the finalists to present and evaluate thecreated output (April/May 2012)Participants of the programme shall be provided with free round-trip travel to thevenues in Manila for the opening workshop, accommodations and meals, trainingand materials, and subsidized costs for the creation of proposed projects. Onlyselected finalists of the programme shall be returning to Manila for the culminatingworkshop.
HOW TO JOIN
Interested college students may apply individually or with a partner and submit thecompleted application form to the contacts below. Partnered applicants must applyusing only one form; fields are provided for both applicants. Individual applicantsmay disregard the Participant 2 column. The form can also be downloaded fromwww.mulatpinoy.ph.
The deadline for submission of applications is on 31 December 2011.This form may be photocopied.
Social Media in thePhilippines
The Filipino online presence hashad a steady increase since itsfirst connection in 1994.Currently, almost 30% of theFilipino population has Internetaccess, 93.9% of which has anactive Facebook account. On Twitter, the Philippines has the8
highest number of users.Filipino topics continue to trendnot only in the Philippines butalso worldwide. There has beena 50% increase in the number of Internet users here in thePhilippines from 2009 to 2010,and statistics show no signs of slowing down. If anything, theonline Filipino has a wider reachand a broader online networkthan most, and continues toenjoy an online following thatmay be mobilized in hopes of fulfilling a cause.
On Population Momentum
Mulat Pinoy hopes to empoweryoung Filipinos to addresspopulation momentum bymaking informed decisions andactions on early sex andpregnancy, early marriage, largefamilies and similar issues. Ourcountry has more than 94 millionpeople, and our population isgrowing faster than our ability toaddress our needs. The youth must realize