In an effort to tackle the diverse challenges faced by sectors across the Philippines, the Development Academy of the Philippines’ Project Smarter Philippines through Data Analytics, Research & Development, Training, and Adoption (SPARTA) recently orchestrated the Second Philippine Conference on Data Analytics.  Drawing the participation of close to 200 data professionals and enthusiasts, the conference unfolded on September 28, 2023, at the Far Eastern University Tech Innovation Center in the City of Manila.

Centered around the theme “Data Analytics for Good Governance: Driving Solutions for a Better Future,” the conference delved into discussions on the trends, opportunities, and social impact of data analytics.  Three distinct sub-themes, namely Data Analytics for Human and Professional Development, Data Analytics for Advancing Education, and Data Analytics for Social Economic and Development, were explored in breakout sessions.

DAP President and CEO Atty. Engelbert C. Caronan emphasized the conference’s role as a platform for innovators to share ideas and solutions, stating, “Through this Second Philippine Conference on Data Analytics, we give our innovators the platform to share their ideas and solutions to some emerging problems.”

FEU Institute of Technology Executive Director Rossana T. Adao underscored the imperative of effective governance in the data-driven age.  She remarked, “Effective governance is not just an aspiration but a cornerstone of our progress.”

Key Takeaways from the Conference:

  1. Knowledge-Laden Panel Discussion:  The conference featured a panel discussion with four data professionals providing insights on leveraging data analytics for decision-making and problem-solving.  Sherwin Pelayo, Executive Director of the Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Association of the Philippines, stressed the importance of using data for social good.  Ateneo de Manila University’s Dr. Patricia Angela Abu and Dr. John Paul Vergara explored the power of data from an academic perspective, challenging attendees with thought-provoking questions.
  2. Insightful Parallel Sessions: SPARTA scholars and researchers seized the opportunity to present their solutions during parallel sessions focused on the sub-themes.  Participants engaged in meaningful exchanges, asking questions and offering insights for improvement.  Dr. Alan Cajes, SPARTA Project Lead, emphasized the importance of developing capacity to ensure that the system, using quality data, leads to informed decision-making.

The conference concluded with a renewed commitment to harnessing the potential of data analytics for societal advancement.  National Innovation Council Executive Member Monchito Ibrahim highlighted the transformative impact data analytics can have on the public sector, improving efficiency, effectiveness, equity, transparency, and accountability in policies and services.  Ibrahim also noted the government’s evolving efforts to leverage its data effectively.