THE Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism emerged as one of 33 winners at last night’s awarding ceremonies of the Panibagong Paraan 2008, duplicating its feat during the maiden staging of the project grant competition in 2004.


The PCIJ won for its project proposal dubbed “Suriin Ang Kahirapan: A Community Audit of Poverty in the Philippines,” an interactive, crowd-sourcing and database-aggregation site that would look into the situation of the five poorest provinces in the Philippines. The project aims to monitor the implementation of programs in the said provinces, from the points of view of various civil society, public sector and community stakeholders in economic development using the non-traditional data-gathering tool of crowd-sourcing, an offshoot of the “citizen journalism” movement.

In getting the nod of jurors, the PCIJ project earned a P1-million grant from the Australian Agency for International Development/Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program (AusAid/PACAP), one of seven donor agencies that participated in this year’s Panibagong Paraan. The project was one of only three entries in the “Governance and Administration” category awarded funding grants by AusAid/PACAP.

In 2004, the PCIJ’s portal on Philippine politics and government, i-site, was among 59 projects awarded grants of up to P1 million each.

AusAid/PACAP also awarded grants of up to P1 million each to 14 other projects:

Other winning proposals, listed by donor agency, were as follows:

British Embassy

Canada Fund

Peace and Equity Foundation

TeaM Energy

The Asia Foundation

The World Bank

Eleven organizations also received the “Panibagong Paraan sa Puerto Princesa” citation from the city’s mayor, Edward Hagedorn, meriting them to round-trip air fares to the Palawan capital for an exchange of ideas with the local government.

This year’s competition received over 500 entries for innovative projects on the theme “Building Partnerships for Effective Local Governance.” The list was later trimmed down to 98 finalists that vied for the 33 funding grants.

3 Responses to PCIJ wins in Panibagong Paraan a second time



April 12th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

Congratulations, PCIJ!

Wishing you further success in your excellent work. Keep it up.


Alecks P. Pabico

April 13th, 2008 at 11:14 am

Thanks, PeaceCrusader!



April 13th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

congrats PCIJ!

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