At least 25 participants from the Municipalities of Lambayong & President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat including Heads of offices and representatives from MTO, BPLO, MPDC and DA offices attended the User’s Training on Open Data Kit (ODK) and Qlik Systems Installation and Operation on January 14-15, 2016 held at Viajero Resto, Morales, Koronadal City. This activity has been facilitated by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. through its EU-funded RESOURCEGov project with the aim to increase the efficiency of tax collection and Revenue Generation of the LGUs through GIS-based tax mapping using open source computer based applications.
Mr. Jobe Tubigon, RESOURCEGov Project Manager, presented an overview, explained the features and demonstrated the basics of installation, operation and management of the ODK and Qlik Sense applications. He introduced the ODK as one of the highly effective, easy to use and understand kind of mapping tool. It can be used to take pictures, capture GPS locations and get signatures from respondents just by using gadgets. The participants also appreciated the Qlik Sense Software for it can be a useful tool to easily consolidate, search and visually analyze data. Other state-of-the-art android based data collection/monitoring applications were also presented such as ONA and KoboCollect Toolbox.
On Day 2, combined with the help from the project team, the participants were able to successfully use and set the parameters of the ODK Collect app and were also able to make an actual monitoring in at least 33 business establishments located at Brgy. Kapingkong, Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat. There were lessons learned during the field experience such that the person/s doing the mapping shall approach respondents politely and bring with them unified business application forms including list of requirements for renewal and application of business permits.
The participants showed excellence in effectively learning and using the systems particularly ODK. It was a learning by doing experience. They were convinced that paperless monitoring using android gadgets is much more easier and faster than doing manual data collection. The Municipal Mayor of Lambayong, S.K. also showed his support to popularize and utilize the systems by approving a budget to purchase at least 20 units of android tablets to be used exclusively for business mapping/monitoring.