New data science research and development projects that enable good governance will soon be implemented to improve operations of national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs) through the support of the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD).
Funded under the Good Governance through Data Science and Decision Support System (GODDESS) Program, these projects are geared towards addressing the gap in the country’s workforce for data scientists that enables and strengthens the government to adapt data-driven governance and evidence-based management.
DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit said the GODDESS program is aimed at utilizing data to create innovations in running government and serving the people.
“As a leader and partner in enabling innovations, we support solutions and approaches that move towards data-driven decision making and smart governance,” he said.
The seven new data science projects under the GODDESS Program are from the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Isabela State University (ISU), Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U), Urdaneta City University (UCU), Lyceum-Northwestern University (L-NU), Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU), and the Pangasinan State University (PSU).
Researchers from FSUU will be conducting the project "Development of Data Analytics and Information System: Support on Social Welfare Services for Senior Citizens of Butuan City. This is an initiative to discover new knowledge using the Knowledge Discovery to Data Base (KDD) model and to develop information system and data analytics that will aid in the formulation of policies, projects and programs for effective delivery of services to senior citizens in the city.
The PhilRice Data Analytics Initiative (RiceLytics) of the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) intends to harness the power of data analytics to enhance baselining and forecasting of the status of the rice farmers and the rice industry. The project will develop an online analytics dashboard that can be accessed by the public especially the decision and policy making bodies at different government levels for decision and policy formulation.
ISU will be implementing the project Optimization of a Decision Support System for Effective E-governance (ODeSSEE) on pre-emptive evacuation for flood disaster amidst COVID-19 in the Cagayan Valley. This aims to apply data-driven process in generating safe and alternative evacuation areas for flood disaster while keeping the COVID-19 quarantine facilities and individuals uncompromised to prevent spread of the virus by combining profiling features of Health Guard PH and zoning monitored by Office of Civil Defense Region 2 (OCDR2).
ISAT-U is working towards the development of the Iloilo Province Employment Portal and Services (IPEPS) using data analytics. This will be a dynamic web-based application that has six (6) components: Job Seekers Registry, Employers Registry module, Employment registry module, Training registry module, Academe registry module, and Students’ registry module.
UCU researchers will be doing the project “Development of an automated collection system for trading hubs or bagsakan market”. They will create a cashless and contactless payment system with the use of mixed technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification and QR Code payment system.
L-NU aims to develop a smart garbage collection and monitoring system for Dagupan City. The system will generate necessary data where analytics can be applied to yield information essential for evidence-based decision making by the LGU to address its solid waste management needs.
DMMMSU is working on a vision-based traffic monitoring system for San Fernando, La Union. It will have a prescriptive navigation software based on real-time traffic data and will also analyze existing policy for traffic control.
PSU will develop the Hundred Islands National Park Management System that has a real-time motorized banca geolocation as an implementation of smart tourism.
Paringit said DOST PCIEERD will be relentless in pursuing new projects on data science to aid government in managing its data needs and craft data driven decisions.“Through these projects, we will enable the development of appropriate capabilities, systems and technologies that can be adapted and used by national government agencies and local government units, specifically on urban mobility, energy management, e-governance and citizen services, waste management, and water management,” he added.