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Jikka Defiño

Voting Member


Jikka is the former Communications Associate at HOT-Philippines (2020-2021), aiding in the data-driven disaster risk management project PhilAWARE through publicity push, local community engagement, and creation of OSM training videos on the e-Learning platform handed over to stakeholders.

Before joining HOT, Jikka worked in the media industry, managing award-winning marketing communications campaigns for global brands such as Unilever and SC Johnson. She brings her experience in media and community engagement to HOT through her involvement in the Community Working Group (CWG). She assisted in the revision of the CWG’s Terms of Reference (TOR) in 2021, and has helped organize, document, and facilitate some of the working group’s events.

Jikka currently works in the private sector as a Marketing Manager (country lead) and Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) for one of the world’s Big 4 commercial real estate advisory firms. She is also a volunteer at OpenStreetMap Philippines.


Why and How: Challenging Sexism and Misogyny in the Open Mapping Ecosystem

In honor of the 2021 International Women’s Day and Women History Month, the HOT Community Working Group (WG) organized two webinars: #ChooseToChallenge: Sexism and...

27 April, 2021

PDC PhilAWARE: Field Mapping Completion, the e-Learning Platform, and Map Presentation to Stakeholders

This month, the HOT Philippines team completed the required field work for the PhilAWARE project and is now presenting output maps to stakeholders. HOT is also working with PDC to prepare an e-Learning platform to remotely support stakeholder mapping initiatives.

30 March, 2021

January 2021: New Field Mapping Strategy, Data Validator Selection, OSMPH Meeting — HOT Philippines

In order to speed up the validation process for the PhilAWARE project, the HOT Philippines team is opening a validator selection process for local volunteers. OpenStreetMap Philippines also held our annual planning this month.

26 January, 2021

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.

20 December, 2020

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.

23 October, 2020

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.

25 September, 2020

HOT Philippines as of August 2020

This August, HOT Philippines began training with LGU volunteers in Pampanga, celebrated #HOT10YRS, and sealed partnerships for September.

27 August, 2020

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.

30 July, 2020