Mobile 2.0: M-money for the BoP in the Philippines

Posted by MarkWeingarten on Jan 13, 2011
Mobile 2.0: M-money for the BoP in the Philippines data sheet 1575 Views
Alampay, Erwin and Gemma Bala
Publication Date: 
Dec 2010
Publication Type: 
Journal article

This paper explores the reach and use of m-money among the bottom of the pyramid (BoP) in the Philippines using survey data from LIRNEasia’s 2008 Mobile 2.0 surveys. It looks at m-money’s potential and actual use for remittance among internal and external migrant workers and their families. The results are triangulated with focus group data and literature on mobile and electronic money, and framed using Van Dijk’s (2006) Stages of Access to digital technologies.

Although usage of m-money among the BoP remains low, the ICT infrastructure for this is in place. Compared to other Asian countries where the survey was also conducted, Filipinos are more familiar and have higher trust in mobile electronic transactions. Managing their resistance to change from current offline remitting practices remains a challenge.

Mobile Telephony as an Enabler of Environmental Action in the Philippines

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Oct 12, 2010
Mobile Telephony as an Enabler of Environmental Action in the Philippines data sheet 2359 Views
Dolma T. Dongtotsang, Robert A. Sagun
Publication Date: 
May 2006
Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Population growth, economic development and ineffective development policies place the Philippine environment and its natural resources and biodiversity under serious risk. Increased levels of air and water pollution in urban areas, deforestation, soil erosion, coral reef degradation as well as increasing pollution of coastal mangrove swamps important for breeding fish, are some of the threats mentioned by the Philippines Environment Monitor 2004. The situation is made worse by ineffective environmental laws and policies, rapid urbanization, expansion of resource-based markets and the growing apathy of its populace to environmental safeguarding. Environmental degradation is a common global problem, but strategies to halt it must be contextually specific if they are to be effective.

This paper explores how the telecommunications sector, and in particular mobile telephony, offers tools that may be used successfully for environmental action in the Philippines. Our research has indicated the ubiquity of mobile phones in the Philippines; they are convenient, relatively inexpensive, easy to acquire, and can send and receive text messages. For these reasons, using the SMS technology is an ideal and accessible way for the public to take action as well as increase their awareness of environmental issues.

The Power of Information: The Impact of Mobile Phones on Farmers' Welfare in the Philippines

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Sep 18, 2009
The Power of Information: The Impact of Mobile Phones on Farmers' Welfare in the Philippines data sheet 3847 Views
Julien Labonne, Robert S. Chase
Publication Date: 
Jul 2009
Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

The authors explore the impact of access to information on poor farmers' consumption. The analysis combines spatially coded data on mobile phone coverage with household panel data on farmers from some of the poorest areas of the Philippines.

Both the ordinary least squares and instrumental variable estimates indicate that purchasing a mobile phone has a large, positive impact on the household-level growth rate of per capita consumption. Estimates range from 11 to 17 percent, depending on the sample and the specification chosen.

The authors perform a range of reliability tests, the results of which all suggest that the instruments are valid. They also present evidence consistent with the argument that easier access to information allows farmers to strike better price deals within their existing trading relationships and to make better choices in terms of where they choose to sell their goods.

SexEd Text (SET)

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Sep 01, 2009
SexEd Text (SET) data sheet 2768 Views
Organization that developed the Tool: 
Main Contact: 
Efrenlito Cabbigat
Problem or Need: 

In June 2006, the Filipino government backed off its trial run of sex eduction in schools under pressure from the Catholic church. However, youth need a source of reliable, fast, and anonymous information about sexual and reproductive health.  This NGO-driven initiative provides that.

Main Contact Email : 
Brief Description: 

SET is a fast, easy and anonymous way to get answers to everything you want to know about reproductive health and sex education. If you are in the Philippines, just text SET to the Sex-Ed Text number. You will receive a text containing a menu of keywords for sex-ed topics; simply reply with the keyword of your choice and information about that keyword will be texted to you right away.

Tool Category: 
App resides and runs on a server
Key Features : 
  • Keyword-driven
  • Uses playSMS


Main Services: 
Information Resources/Information Databases
Tool Maturity: 
Currently deployed
All phones -- SMS
Current Version: 
Program/Code Language: 
Organizations Using the Tool: 
  • Child Family Services Philippines
  • Baguio Center for Young Adults


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