Project description

This was part one of a data-driven, augmented reality (AR) project explaining the push to change the form of government in the Philippines to federalism. President Rodrigo Duterte believes federalism is the only way to decentralize power and encourage more development in the provinces and eliminate inequality across the 17 regions. The team aimed to use economic data to objectively illustrate the inequality, make it visual and relatable, and help our viewers better understand what was creating that inequality.

What makes this project innovative?

As the third augmented reality report of the ABS-CBN Data Analytics team, this project was more ambitious and more serious than the first two. Tackling a political issue from a data standpoint was again unheard of in Philippine broadcast until now. Before this report, all federalism reports featured usually long-winded explanations from politicians and legal experts. Instead of relying on explanations from experts, we used key data points including unemployment, purchasing power, population and minimum wage to show the differences across 17 regions. We plotted these on a ‘heat’ map of the Philippines. The visuals were easy to understand. All the best opportunities were centered around already developed areas, specifically the National Capital Region. This resulted in large populations concentrated in the same areas, and high unemployment rates. We then compared the resulting unemployment rates to job numbers from countries already using a federal form of government to illustrate that the results were still mixed.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

This augmented reality report generated a lot of chatter on our online platforms. The medium used to explain the data was unique and visual. The goal was to make the public realize that examining data is important when it comes to deciding on key issues like changing the form of government. This was the latest and by far the most talked about AR of our team, creating clamor for more data-driven, augmented reality reports.

Source and methodology

The sources of all raw data were the Philippine Statistics Authority, National Wages and Productivity Commission and the 2015 Census of Population. These data sets were processed to come up with regional level indicators.

Technologies Used

• Viz Artist: design creation (scene: 3D graphics and animations - Augmented Reality and Virtual sets) • Template Wizard: create templates from scenes, to be used by On-air operator • Viz Pilot>Director: control the on-air templates • Viz Engine: Real-time graphics rendering for 3D graphics: Augmented Reality and Virtual sets • Viz Virtual Studio: control tracking data and lens calibration between real world and virtual studio • Shotoku: studio camera with tracking device • 3D Max: 3D graphics creation• MS Excel and Stata: Data processing, analysis and visualization• QGIS Desktop: Creation of heat maps

Project members

Warren de Guzman, Alicia Cruz, Ronald Samson, Cathy Yang, Olivia Gan-Sy

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