Information Notes

1. Rationale and objectives
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in collaboration with the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) is organizing the Country Workshop on Access to New Data Sources for Official Statistics: Business Models for Big Data to be held on 22-23 June 2016 at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Center, Quezon City, Philippines.
The objective of the Country Workshop is to bring together data producers and users in the Philippines to review current practices in the country on using alternative data sources, challenges and constraints, lessons learnt, and opportunities in using new data sources (e.g., telecom data, social media, sensors, credit card records, perception surveys, etc.) to enrich official statistics in a developing country setting.
The workshop aims to discuss/examine aspects such as: (1) context of big data in a developing country perspective, (2) availability and access to big data, (3) privacy and confidentiality issues, (4) ownership and sharing, and (5) regulation and partnership.
2. Participants 
The workshop expects the participation of data producers both local and foreign, which include various members of the Philippine Government such as the PSA Board Members and other government agencies and state universities and colleges which have stake on big data. 
Participants also include telephone companies, data providers, international organizations and foreign companies that are involved in the collection and utilization of big data. Selected countries in the Asia and the Pacific region are also expected to attend. The workshop will be facilitated by the Standards Service of the PSA. 
3. Venue 
The workshop will be held at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Metro Manila, Philippines with full address and contact information as follows:
Ortigas Avenue corner ADB Avenue, 
Ortigas Center, Quezon City
Tel : 632-6337222
Fax : 632-6382927
4. Registration and identification badges
Participants are requested to register and obtain their identification badges at the Registration Table on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 at the entrance of the meeting room between 08:30 and 09:00 AM.
Participants who are not able to register during this period are requested to do so in the immediately following coffee/snack break.
For identification and security reasons, all participants are requested to wear the meeting badges at all times during the workshop at the Crowne Plaza premises.
5. Mechanics of the Meetings
Please refer to the Programme.
6. Meetings’ Materials
Documents and announcements related to the workshop will be posted on the workshop website (by May 23, 2016) and will also be sent in advance via email to the participants as soon as they become available. Pencils and notepads will be provided throughout the duration of the workshop.
For foreign participants
7. Air travel arrangements
Non-funded participants are expected to arrange and pay for their travel to Manila and to settle their own hotel bills. The Country Workshop will not pay for any travel and hotel expenditures.
8. Visa requirements
Normally, citizens of ASEAN Member States are allowed to enter and stay in Manila without entry visa for maximum of 30 days.  However, participants are advised to confirm or consult with the Philippines Embassy in their respective countries prior to departure.  Kindly make sure that your passports are still valid for at least the next 6 months. Please refer to the following site for more information:
9. Accommodation
The PSA may assist in the booking for accommodation at selected hotels on request by submitting the hotel reservation form. Those who prefer to make their own booking either at the hotels provided in the list or other hotels are requested to inform the PSA for monitoring purposes. The hotels in the list below are all within 10-15 minutes car/taxi ride to the venue.
Hotel Address Room Rate/Night*
Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria
Ortigas Avenue corner ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Quezon City Php1,500.00 for Breakfast Buffet
Holiday inn Manila Galleria
One Asian Development Bank Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig
Php 3,925.00 + Php 800(Buffet Breakfast)
=Php 4,725.00
Go Hotels Ortigas Center
Robinsons Cyberscape Alpha, Garnet Rd, San Antonio, Pasig
Php 1,288.00
(rates may vary per night)
The Malayan Plaza
ADB Avenue corner Opal Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig Php 3,080.68
Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street, 
Ortigas Centre, Pasig City,1600
Php 7,000.00 (10% service charge and 12.7% tax per room per night)
Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center
Joy-Nostalg Center, 17 ADB Ave, San Antonio, Pasig, Metro Manila
Php 5,682.26 /nonrrefundable
Php 7,140.73 / free cancellation
Discovery Suites
25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig, 1600 Metro Manila Php 6,300.00
Astoria Plaza
Escriva Dr, San Antonio, Pasig, Metro Manila
PHP 4,352.08
Php 5,340.00 Incl. Taxes & Fees
Richmonde Hotel Ortigas
21 San Miguel Ave, Bagumbayan, Pasig, 1605 Metro Manila Php 3,736.43 to Php 3,979.04
*as of April 29, 2016
IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants shall be responsible to pay charges due to no-show or late cancellation (less than 24 hours prior to expected check-in) of hotel booking. The PSA will not pay for these charges.
10. Weather
The climate in Manila in June is characterized by light to moderate rains with temperature ranging from 29 to 32 degrees Celsius (84 to 89 degrees Fahrenheit). The Workshop will be held in an air-conditioned room with temperature maintained in the range of 23 to 25 degrees Celsius.
11. Foreign exchange
Exchange facilities are readily available at the airport, in most hotel(s) and at various locations nearby. The current rate of exchange is PHP 46.8069* to 1 US Dollar. Workshop participants are encouraged to ask around for the actual exchange rate before transaction. (*exchange rate as of 29 Apr 2016)
12. Secretariat and contact persons
Participants are advised to communicate their official concerns with PSA Standards Service through:
Candido J. Astrologo, Jr.
Assistant National Statistician
Standards Service
17th Flr, CyberPod Centris Eton Three,
Quezon Avenue, EDSA, Quezon City 
Tel: (02) 376 1879
Ms. Patricia Anne L. Rivera 
Statistical Standards Division
Standards Service
17th Flr, CyberPod Centris Eton Three
Quezon Avenue, EDSA, Quezon City 
Tel: (02) 376-1931