29 August 2011

"Tingog 2015"

Tingog 2015
According to reports, the United Nations Millennium Campaign is preparing to launch a program aimed at improving maternal health services in the Philippines.

UN Millennium Campaign regional director Minar Pimple said the project, dubbed Tingog 2015, will be launched in Tabaco, Albay on 31 August 2011. "Tingog" is a Bicol term meaning voice.

Pimple said Tingog is a Citizen Monitoring and Tracking (CMT) system that aims to ensure delivery of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) services at the grassroots by allowing citizens to report on and monitor such services through the use of short messaging system (SMS).

He said the project would be implemented in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the country's three leading telecommunication companies – Smart Communications, Globe Telecom and Sun Cellular.

"It involves the use of technology (SMS and web) as a medium to give ordinary people a voice to be able to directly provide feedback or complaints to government and receive immediate corrective response," Pimple told one of the major dailies on the sidelines of the 2011 Regional Parliamentarians' Consultation on Emerging Economies and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights held early this month.

"The strategy involves bringing together communities, civil society groups, local government and media to ensure that these issues are immediately and properly addressed," he added.

Pimple said citizens could text their reports or complaints to a four-digit access code, 2015, using any mobile phone or carrier.

These messages are then automatically transmitted to the Tingog 2015 platform, which sorts the data and forwards them to the concerned government agencies.