Mahintana Relaunches Website

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) launched its newly revamped website on September 25, 2018, incorporating a minimalist CMS (content management system) format throughout the site. In order to steer focus not only on content and information archival, the redesign seeks to address the distinct design, ease of navigation, and visual appeal of its decades-old web presence. The move comes after years of using the old homepage template, and as an online culmination of MFI’s 40 years in the service of its communities, as well as its thematic direction in 21st century humanitarianism.

RESOURCEGov Team Conducts Training for Maasim and Malapatan CSOs

RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project Team conducted CSO Participation to Local Budget Process and CSO Desk Strengthening/CSO Accreditation Training for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Municipalities of Maasim and Malapatan, Saranggani Province on May 24-25, 2018 at Mt. Sabrina Panoramic View and Resort Incorporated, Tambler, General Santos City. It was joined by 57 participants (Male 36, Female 20) including the 4 team members.

This is the last leg of the series of two-day trainings to capacitate the CSOs to actively participate to the local budget process and the accreditation process. During the introduction, when Ms. Marie Nisa Suib introduced herself she raised a tag line of Malapatan like when she said “Malapatan” her co-participants from the municipality answered “Mapia Gid!” and same with Ms. Josephine Soledad, their tagline was Maasenso Maasim. Both municipalities are aware of the CSOs’ participation because almost of the CSOs are accredited and invited by Mahintana in Phase 1. Ms. Lala Lumatao, representative of the budget officer of LGU Maasim, inspired everyone to support the project. LGOO IV Mr. Ian Jon Clemente was the resource speaker for the Accreditation Process and Atty. Libertine Cagang discussed the Participation of CSOs to the Local Budget Process. In the course of discussion, questions were raised regarding the appropriation of the budget. The CSOs were given time to convene and discuss about their next steps. Both CSO networks requested for Lakbay Aral as learning exchange between the two municipalities.

LITS Monitoring and Troubleshooting in LGU T’boli

Project Officers Mr. Byron E. Delandrino and Kurt Jurgen Von D. Lumbao visited the Municipality of T’boli for the monitoring and troubleshooting of the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) on May 29, 2018.

The LITS was already installed during the visit on February 6, 2018. Since then, the staff using the system already encoded resolutions, ordinances and minutes to the system. As of the present date, the SB Secretary staff encoded around 150 ordinances ranging from years 1991 to 2017 and 221 resolutions from 2015 to 2017. However, some of entries cannot be searched using the LITS search tool. The LGU requested for the RESOURCEGov project officers to look into the problem. The officers found out the following: a) most of the encoded entries were only drafts and necessary data for search feature were not provided; and b) the files attached were JPEG instead of PDF format (the system supports only PDF format files). The project officers then updated the OS of the database servers, backed up the encoded data and loaded it to the new database, client stations were reconnected to the new server, and taught the staff how to save drafts using indexing for those entries that are still in the first reading. After converting of the JPEG files to PDF format, the team tested and successfully searched the entries.

At the end of the monitoring and troubleshooting activity, it was agreed that all attached JPEG files should be replaced with PDF format. Also, to start completing the necessary data to draft entries for the features of the system to work. Thirdly, to present the LITS and the accomplished encoded entries during the regular or special session of the Sanggunian.