RESOURCEGov Team trains the South Cotabato PPMC on ODK-Based Project Monitoring

RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker was invited by South Cotabato Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC) for the Open Data Kit (ODK) Training Workshop on October 29-30, 2018 at Cinco Niñas, Koronadal City. Mahintana supports the Open Monitoring and Open Legislation Commitments of the Open Government Program (OGP). It was attended by 50 participants (Male 26, Female 24) of the different provincial offices part of the PPMC.

The first day was composed of the following activities: creation of Kobotoolbox account per department, discussion on the form generation, making their participants’ own forms, and presentation of generated forms. On the 2nd day, the participants used their ODK forms for the mock monitoring of two on-going projects namely the: 1) Alteration of the Grandstand and Construction of Control Tower in the South Cotabato Sports Complex; and 2) the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CGMP) funded road construction in Brgy. Cabuling, Tantangan, South Cotabato. After the mock monitoring, the participants presented their results and learnings. The participants also shared their optimism that the ODK system will be of great help to them in mapping and monitoring.

RESOURCEGov 2 conducts its Annual Review and Planning Workshop

The RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project conducted its 1st Annual Review & Planning Workshop on October 23-24, 2018 at Go Hotels, J.P. Laurel Ave., Lanang, Davao City. The 87 (Male 45, Female 42) attendees were composed of EU Delegates, DILG partners, representatives of the 14 LGU beneficiaries, CSO federation presidents, EU partners in Mindanao, the project team, and the media.

Project Coordinators Mr. Jobe “Obet” C. Tubigon and Ms. Raizsa Mae “Bai” Anayatin, the facilitators, acknowledged the participants per province.  President & CEO and Project Director Mr. Martiniano “Dodoy” L. Magdolot gave the opening remarks, thanking and welcoming the participants for coming. Partners from EU Delegation to the Philippines Ms. Caroline Maningo, Dole Philippines Inc. representative Atty. Melquiades Hernandez, MINCODE BOT Chair Ms. Andrea Maria Patricia Sarenas, DILG 11 Compostela Valley Provincial Director Mr. Noel Duarte, and DILG 12 Cotabato Provincial Director Mr. Ali Abdullah gave their messages of gratitude, congratulations, and support to the project. Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker presented the project work plan, targets and accomplishments for November 2017 to September 2018. Questions regarding the project operations were welcomed. Then, Project Admin and Finance Officer Ms. Wilma C. Jumilla presented financial updates. She also shared the challenges experienced by the team during implementation and asked the EU delegates if the recommendations given were right. Ms. Divina Somera, EU Finance Manager, addressed some of the concerns. In the afternoon, 7 out of 14 LGUs were given task to present their learnings and challenges in the project implementation based on specific interventions. After the LGU testimonials, the participants were grouped according to LGUs for the planning workshop. The LGU representatives were given time to think of activities to be conducted aligned with the interventions and its respective budget. The project officers and finance team guided the LGU partners in their budgeting.

On the 2nd day, a representative per province presented the proposed activities for Years 2 and 3. Another open forum was conducted. Recommendations were given and agreed. Ms. Maningo appreciated the LGUs’ consciousness of the budget. Mr. Blanker shared the body the key agreements and next steps. He emphasized that the activities planned in the workshop are just indicative and are still subject for review and approval. Kasilak Development Foundation Inc. Executive Director Mr. Joemil S. Montebon gave the synthesis of the 2-day event. Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA) Regional Coordinator Mr. Glenn Bais gave the closing remarks.

RESOURCEGov 2 conducts Pre-Annual Review Meeting

In preparation for the upcoming Annual Review, RESOURCEGov 2 Project Teams from Mahintana, MINCODE and its member networks met for the Pre-Annual Review Meeting on October 11, 2018 at the Cicada Room, Kalsangi Clubhouse, Polomolok, South Cotabato. It was attended by 25 project staff (Male 9, Female 16). The agenda of the meeting includes the following: review of project targets and workplan, presentation project accomplishment based on indicators, presentation of interim narrative report, presentation of financial report as of Sept. 30, 2018, presentation of BPR per LGU, presentation of agenda for the annual review, delegation of tasks for annual review, presentation of spending plan, and other matters.