Jikka Defiño is currently the Communications Associate of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team - Philippines. Immersed in various media platforms, she has spent over six years joining the dots between culture, storytelling, and social literacy.
She previously worked in advertising, managing award-winning marketing communications campaigns for real estate and FMCG brands. She also dabbled in publishing as a features writer and editor, adapting press articles, writing pop culture and state of the nation essays, and editing branded content for the top digital lifestyle publisher in the Philippines. Since her stint in brand-driven advertising and journalism, Jikka is now determined to shift the focus of her communications work towards solutions-based journalism, where she can help amplify stories of positive change through profiling stories and community features.
The PhilAWARE Project: A Year-End Report
This year, remote mapping for Quezon City and the Province of Pampanga were completed, and a new pilot area, Marikina City, was added. Furthermore, field data collection has progressed well in Pampanga despite the pandemic.
Philippines Celebrates International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction with Field Narratives
In celebration of IDDRR, HOT Philippines shares more of the fieldwork they are conducting in Pampanga — including coordinating with LGUs, training volunteers, and collecting field data.
Philippines Completes Remote Mapping and Validation for Pampanga
On September 21, 2020, the Philippine mapping team finished remote mapping and validation for the whole of Pampanga.
HOT Philippines as of August 2020
This August, HOT Philippines began training with LGU volunteers in Pampanga, celebrated #HOT10YRS, and sealed partnerships for September.
Philippines Continues to Hold OSM Training for Volunteers Online
Despite movement restrictions in the country, HOT Philippines is able to continue training volunteers by identifying their needs and shifting training efforts online.