Philippines

The focal point in the Philippines was established in March 2007.

Manila, The Philippines
March 26 - 30, 20007
Conducted by Julius Serrano and Miki Azuma
Group Photo at Focal Point Training in Philippine
Group photo at Focal Point Training in Philippine

Report

There were 10 participants including 3 visually impaired in this training representing 7 different organizations. The training was conducted for 5 days at ATRIEV.

This training course focused on NCC only production using MyStudio PC and Sigtuna DAR 3 and full text production using Sigtuna DAR 3.

All of the participants were able to create at least 5 different DTBs during this training. For the final project, all of the participants were able to produce Full Text projects and on the last day of the training, all participants presented their final projects and their action plans.

The training was mainly conducted by Julius Serrano from ATRIEV who participated in the International Trainer's Training in May 2006. Also, Dandy Victa from National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons who participated in APCD ICT for All Training in 2006 and Raksak Chairanjuansakun from Thailand Foundation of the Blind who participated in the International Trainer's Training in 2004 participated in this training as assistants. All of them showed their technical knowledge to support during the training. Julius with help of Dandy will be quite strong to support DAISY DTB producers in Philippine.

During the Training #1
During the Ttraining #1

Deliverable

At the end of the training, all the participants received CD. The contents of the CD follows;

  • Resource CD containing Training Materials, Sample Books, and Software (Playback and related software) and participants projects
During the Training #2
During the Training #2

Reference

With this report, there are three documents attached.

  1. List of the participants [participants_list_fpt_philippines_200703.html]
  2. Readme for Resource CD [readme_philippine_0703.html] (links do not work)

Course Outline

Introduction
  • Introduction of the Trainees & Trainers
  • Course Goals, Prerequisites and Outcomes
  • Course Documentation
Introduction to DAISY Digital Talking Books
  • The DAISY Consortium
  • DTB functionality overview
  • User groups and use scenarios overview
  • Playback tools overview
DAISY DTB Production
  • DAISY DTB Production Tools
  • Workflow and Project Management
NCC-Only DTB Production
  • Book Structure, Brief overview
  • Introduction to MyStudio PC
    • Create ToC only book: "About Myself"
    • Direct Recording in MyStudio PC
    • Editing
    • Build Book
    • Create ToC only book using Text Import "Introduction to DAISY"
    • Create ToC only book using Audio Import "Quoran"
  • Sigtuna DAR 3
    • Main screen overview and functions
    • Project set up
    • Phrase detection & Recording settings
    • Audio calibration
    • Recording
    • Editing
    • Project Cleanup
    • Metadata
    • Quality Assurance (QA Player)
    • add page
    • Wave Import
Introduction to XHTML
  • The XHTML language; hands on practice markup and validation
  • The different elements
  • The prologue or the header
Sigtuna DAR 3: Producing a Full Text DAISY DTB
  • Project set up using Bruno
  • Recording
  • Editing
Encoding
  • Audio Compression
  • Export (Build a project)
  • Encoding all the projects
DTB Validation
  • DAISY 2.02 Validator
  • Validation of all projects
CD creation and Playback in different software
  • CD creation
    • discinfo.html
    • Multi-volume CD
Final Project Presentation
Review, Questions and Answers
Filling up of Evaluation Forms
September 5, 2007
Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippines

Introduction:

The Philippine DAISY Network (PDN) which is composed of government and non-government agencies recently conducted the seminar as a way to create awareness and introduce DAISY to the different sectors of society and expanding its benefits and beneficiaries. This seminar was held at the Roma Salon of the Manila Hotel on September 5, 2007 from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Fifty three participants coming from different fields of work from government and non-government agencies participated in the seminar.

The Seminar:

Registration for the seminar started at 7:00am since participants came this early. Each participant was given a simple kit containing a write-up about DAISY, a programme of activities, and sample digital talking story books which were collectively produced by past Phil. DAISY trainees contained in one CD and another CD containing information about DAISY and sample of digitally produced stories courtesy of Mr. Monthian.

A group of blind adults opened the program with a prayer song followed by singing the Philippine Anthem. A welcome speech was delivered by the Chief Librarian of the National Library of the Philippines while an inspirational message was given by the newly designated Executive Director-OIC of the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons. After her speech, she presented a plaque of appreciation to Mr. Hiroshi, as the head of DFA and as our way of expressing how grateful we are to DFA in bringing this technology to the Philippines.

We were privileged to have with us during the seminar key persons from DAISY, Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura and Mr. Monthian Buntan, Project Director and Asst. Project Director respectively of DAISY for All. Mr. Kawamura shared to the participants the history of the DAISY, introduced the DAISY Standards and Digital Talking Book (DTB) and gave the different playback tools. Mr. Monthian shared how DAISY started in Thailand and how it is developing now and also gave challenges to the participants on how it could be made successful in the Philippines through collective efforts.

Mr. Dandy Victa of NCWDP, a past DAISY trainee and a trainer shared the objectives of the DAISY Seminar and they are the following:

  1. To introduce DAISY to those who as yet do not know what it is or understand why it is the "better way".
  2. To increase the awareness of the public in the Philippines in the accessible multimedia which is ideal for people with disabilities as well as for the general public to share information and knowledge.
  3. To help bridge the digital divide in the Philippines and to ensure the access to information for the information disadvantaged, such as people with print disabilities, language minorities in a community, indigenous population who do not have their own script, and those who are illiterate.
  4. To create capacity building among government and non-government agencies.
  5. To expand the network of DAISY in the Philippines.

First half of the seminar was spent on the principles of DAISY production and the second half is the technical aspect of DAISY showing the different ways of how DAISY is produced and showing the participants samples of DTB. Julius Serrano and Lea Vilvar who are past DAISY trainees showed their prowess on how DAISY books are produced. Mr. Hiroshi gave the different playback tools and Ms. Lanie Arminio who was a participant in the AMIS training showed how a Tagalog book is translated into DAISY using the Tagalog AMIS program that they made.

Numerous reactions and questions were raised by the participants and these were entertained by Mr. Hiroshi and Mr. Monthian. Mostly, the participants were grateful that they were given this training and information of this new technology. And it would mean an expansion of their service and additional clients.

A closing message was made by Mr. Noli Agcaoili who is the Chairperson of the Sub-committee of ICT in the Philippines.

Through the initiative of one of the participants who is a radio reporter, she arranged for a phone patch interview over a government radio station DWDD. An interview was made with Mr. Hiroshi just after the seminar. Through this interview, we had the opportunity to promote DAISY.

Lastly, a memorandum of agreement was signed between the DFA represented by Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura and the PDN represented by its Chairperson Mr. Lauro Purcil, to make their commitment to each other binding.

Challenges:

We saw the overwhelming support and understanding of the participants in this new technology. Their only worry is how they can be assured of their right to the copyright law especially the publishers. Copyright is a big problem which most of the participants are concerned about. There is a need to request for amendments of the Philippine copyright law that both the business and non-business sectors can benefit.

Some of the scenes:

NCWDP Exec. Director, Hiroshi, Lauro & Monthian
NCWDP Exec. Director, Hiroshi, Lauro & Monthian
one of the participants sharing her impression on the seminar
one of the participants sharing her impression on the seminar
A participant during the question and answer portion
A participant during the question and answer portion
Julius doing a demo on how DAISY books is produced using a synthesized voice
Julius doing a demo on how DAISY books is produced using a synthesized voice
NCWDP giving an award of appreciation to Mr. Hiroshi
NCWDP giving an award of appreciation to Mr. Hiroshi
Mr. Hiroshi giving his speech on introduction of DTB
Mr. Hiroshi giving his speech on introduction of DTB

PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES

Session 1: Opening
0900am Doxology / Philippine National Anthem Father's Eyes Fellowship of Adult Blind
0910 Welcoming of Participants and Guests Ms. Flora Valmonte, Asst. Director, TNL
0925 Inspirational Message Atty. Dulfie Tobias-Shalim
OIC/Exec. Director, NCWDP
0945 Objectives of the Seminar Mr. Dandy Victa, Asst. TCC, NCWDP
1000 Introduction of the DAISY Standards and Digital Talking Book (DTB) Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura
Chairman, DAISY Consortium & Project Manager, DAISY For All (DFA)
1030 TEA BREAK
Session 2: Introduction to DAISY
1100 Introduction of the DAISY Consortium and DAISY for All (DFA) Project Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura
Chairman, DAISY Consortium & Project Manager, DAISY For All (DFA)
1130 DAISY National Development in Thailand: Thinking Globally and Acting Locally Mr. Monthian Buntan
Asst. Project Mgr., DFA; Executive Director, Thai Blind People's Foundation (TBPF) & President, Thailand Association of the Blind(TAB).
1200nn LUNCH
Session 3: Sample DAISY Production
0100pm Production in human voice Ms. Lea Vilvar, Librarian, The National Library
0140 Production of talking books from text using synthesized voice Mr. Julius Serrano, DAISY Trainer
0200 Playback tools
DEMO of Digital Book Production
Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura
Chairman, DAISY Consortium & Project Manager, DAISY For All (DFA)
0245 TEA BREAK
Session 4: DAISY Production (con't.)
0300 DAISY and Braille Ms. Rebecca Arabain, Supervisor, PPHB-DepEd
0325 DAISY in Local Language Ms. Lanie Arminio
Information Systems Analyst, National Computer Center / CICT
Session 5: Feedbacks
0350 Reactions from Participants (Representatives from Business sector, Libraries, Academe)
0430 Feedback, Questions and Comments PWAG Representative
0450 Closing Remarks Mr. Manuel Agcaoili
Chairman, Sub-Committee for ICT
Ms. Lanie Arminio & Mr. Julius Serrano
Masters of Ceremony

Reported by: The Secretariat
September 10, 2007, Manila, Philippines

DAISY training for trainers of Autism and Low Vision in Philippines

Manila, Philippines
February 18 - 22, 2008
Conducted by Julius Charles Serrano, Dandy Victa, Donna Hermosura, Lanie Arminio and Mayu Hamada
Supported by Lauro Purcil and Hiroshi Kawamura
Group photo at the DAISY training for trainers of Autism and Low Vision in Philippines
Group photo at the DAISY training for trainers of Autism and Low Vision in Philippines

Report

The DAISY DTB Production Training for the Autism Society of the Philippines (ASP) and Low Vision Individuals was organized by Philippines DAISY Network and held at the Legend Villas in Metro Manila, Philippines. The training course was focused on full text and full audio DAISY 2.02 DTB production using Sigtuna DAR 3.

10 participants attended the training. 5 participants from ASP which is an organization focused on the education and welfare of Filipinos with autism spectrum disorders, and 5 low vision individuals from organizations such as Resources for the Blind Incorporated (RBI), Department of Education, and Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation, Integration, and Empowerment of the Visually Impaired (ATRIEV).

Group photo at the DAISY training for trainers of Autism and Low Vision in Philippines 2
Group photo at the DAISY training for trainers of Autism and Low Vision in Philippines

Training

The training started with a presentation of the DAISY overview includes principles and different types of DAISY DTB. Then, participants experienced playback of DAISY sample books with using free and open source playback softwares including Tagalog version of AMIS. During the hands-on session on full text and full audio DAISY DTB production, all participants created valid XHTML file for DAISY and recorded voice and edited audio by using Sigtuna DAR3. They used DAISY 2.02 Validator to ensure the quality and played back the books with several playback tools.

On 19th, discussion session on disaster preparedness of people with diverse disabilities with making use of DAISY technology was provided by Hiroshi Kawamura and Mayu Hamada. Some of the best practices were presented.

Each participant chose a final project which they convert to a full text and full audio DAISY DTB at the remaining days of the training. Participants from ASP worked on one picture book and after completing creation of each section of the book, they combined separate projects into one DAISY DTB. At the last training day, the participants presented their final DTB projects and discussed their plans of producing DAISY DTBs.

trainers and trainees during training
Training
Hirosih and Lauro
Hiroshi and Lauro

Resource CD

At the end of the training, all participants received the resource CD and the final projects CD. The contents of the CDs are follows;

  • Materials of the training
  • Sample DTBs
  • Software (Playback and related software)
  • Final projects

Reference (each link opens a different window)

Course Outline

DAISY overview
  • Introduction to DAISY DTB
  • Different types of DAISY DTB and playback softwares including Tagalog version of AMIS
  • DAISY XHTML mark up
  • Sigtuna DAR 3: Full Text DTB Production
    • Audio Calibration
    • Direct Recording
    • Audio Editing
    • Cleanup
    • Adding Meta data
    • Build book and audio compression
DTB Validation
  • Daisy 2.02 Validator
CD creation and Playback in different software
  • CD creation
  • discinfo.html
  • Playback with AMIS and TAB player