Group-Based Income Policy


[Last Updated: January 1, 2021]

Group-Based Income (henceforth “GBI”) refers to income earned by respondents by virtue of their status as members-in-good-standing in the representative cooperative (henceforth “Coop”)-recognized group.

  1. Other income streams:

    There are three other income streams in addition to GBI: Respondent-Based Income (RBI), Task-Based Income (TBI) and Cooperative-Based Income (CBI). Respondents who are non-Coop members are required to be members of at least five (5) Coop-recognized groups – as they need this for group-level verification and other tasks) but they shall not be entitled to the GBI, TBI and, needless to say, CBI (as they are not members of the Coop).

    Only Coop members-in-good-standing are entitled to the four available income streams (RBI, GBI, TBI and CBI). If a non-Coop member wishes to tap into all income streams, then he/she must consider applying to become a Coop member.

  2. Applicable rates.

    The applicable GBI rates shall be based on the terms outlined below OR a separate, supplementary per-story/per-survey rate, whichever is higher. This separate, supplementary rate shall be declared in per-story/per-survey agreements entered into between SP.A and the Coop as necessary. The standing, current GBI rates shall be the ones declared in this document.

    The rationale for this per-story/per survey supplementary rates is that for fund- or commission-based stories/survey which may have higher rates then the supplementary agreement must supersede the rates indicated in this document.

  3. Function/rationale of groups. GBI is justified by the function or rationale of the existence of groups in relation to respondents. Groups have four essential functions:

    3.1. Group-level verification of respondents.Groups perform the first of three levels of respondent verification, ensuring that respondents are real people. Note carefully here that TBI compensates group admins separately for the actual task of inviting, confirming, maintaining group members. GBI is the income accruing to the entire group which is shared equally by all group members. The rationale of this is that all group members contribute to the group’s integrity and coherence so GBI must be shared equally by all group members.

    3.2 Creation of Investigative Foundational Content (see section

    Groups, through their interaction and solidarity, are the best source of ideas about Investigative Foundational Content that they want to research on as a group.

    3.3. Recruitment thrust

    Groups also perform the function of recruitment of new members. The personal networks of each member can be a multiplying factor for group memberships.

    Section 1.5 of the Respondent Verification Protocol outlines the procedures and rules of how existing members can contribute to growing a group’s membership.

    3.4. Cataloging of skills of members.

    Groups also catalog the skills of members so that they may be able to participate when SP.A makes announcements for the recruitment of task-based members to constitute the working teams for story/survey projects.

  4. Percent of SP.A Fees

    Fees that are paid to Groups are set at five (5) percent of the gross SP.A fees. Note here that this income is to be shared by all the members of the group.

  5. Sample computation of Group Income

    > Let’s assume the case of an Investigative Foundational Content article (see section in Respondent-Based Income). How much do individual members of groups share in those kinds of content?

    > Let’s recall that in 6.3.3 of Respondent-Based Income the incoming Subscription fees for Respondent Profile Survey releases was a hypothetical PHP 210,000.

    > Based on section 4 above, Group-based fees are allocated five (5) percent of the Subscription Fees so this comes out to PHP 10,500 that will be spread across all group members equally (or subject to the group rules set and agreed by everyone in that group). Note that this amount is to be shared by all currently published Investigative content on the SP.A website. So for this example let’s assume there are 3 currently published articles. So the allocation of each article is PHP 3,500.

  6. Percent of Task-Based Income paid to group admins

    Note that the Group fees to be shared by all members of a group (discussed in section 5 above) is different from the fees to be paid to group admins for their performance of that task (see section 3.1 of Task-Based Income). Group admins share in this fee equally (or subject to the rules on sharing set and approved by the group). The Coop and SP.A admins who are allowed access into each group do not share in this fee.

    Section 4.5 of Task-Based Income shows that FB group admins get task-based allocations of five (5) percent for Foundational/Descriptive/Personal content and two (2) percent for Foundational/Descriptive/Profile content and Foundational/Investigative content and for Project content.