RESOURCEGov Team trains the RISE-LGU Project with ODK and Qlik Systems

RESOURCEGov Project Manager Roel Ian P. Blanker was the resource speaker during the “Appreciation Course on Maximizing Open Data Kit (ODK) and Qlik Systems for Improving Local Revenue” for the five (5) LGUs of North Cotabato assisted by the Action Against Hunger (ACF) through the Reinforcing, Instituting and Scaling up Efficient CSO-LGU Interaction Towards Enhanced Local Governance (RISE-LGU) Project. The training was held on November 28-29, 2018 at Hof Mansion Hotel, Kidapawan City. It was attended by 21 (Male 8, Female 13) participants.

ACF Head of Project Mr. Isabelo Julio “Jules” Cesar Benitez gave the welcome address, acknowledging the partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in the said activity to capacitate the LGUs under RISE-LGU Project in enhancing their revenues using the ODK and Qlik Systems. DILG Cotabato Province Outcome Manager Mr. Jay Abdillah gave a message of support saying to the participants, “You are blessed to have been invited to attend this training on these systems.” He thanked Mahintana and ACF for rolling out the ODK and Qlik Systems in Cotabato Province. Mr. Blanker was then introduced and he welcomed the participants. Mr. Blanker presented the project overview and the possible uses of ODK and Qlik.

At the end of training, the participants from Provincial Treasurer’s Office, Provincial Assessor’s Office, LGU Pres. Roxas, LGU Magpet, and LGU Antipas were able to make their own ODK-based monitoring forms and used the data of Region 13 SREs to make data visualizations in Qlik. The RISE-LGU Team and their assisted LGUs appreciated the systems for better, faster, paperless collection and aggregation of data.

Project Team conducts LITS Monitoring to LGUs of Banisilan, Alamada and Pikit

RESOURCEGov 2 Team Staff Project Officer Mr. Kurt Jurgen Von D. Lumbao and Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc visited LGU Banisilan, LGU Alamada and LGU Pikit to monitor their use of the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) on November 26, 2018. This activity was participated by 15 (Male 5, Female 10) including the SB secretaries and their respective staff.

The team first visited Banisilan SB Secretary Mr. Relly Deocampo and his staff Mr. Julius Peter Dominado. Mr. Deocampo said that they had only encoded around 30 ordinances and that they were not able to buy the hub and the LAN cables for networking more computers to the LITS’ main server. He promised to note and buy the needed materials before the year ends. After, the team went to LGU Alamada. They were received by SB staff Ms. Corazon Soriano and Ms. Maylyn Saldua. Ms. Saldua said that the she tried to install LITS to the newly bought system, however, the LITS was not successfully installed. Mr. Lumbao checked the computer’s operating system and found out that the OS didn’t meet the requirements of LITS. The project officer suggested that the computer be reformatted. The team traveled to LGU Pikit and was welcomed by SB Secretary Jaime Gornez and his staff Ms. Tifanny Cabaña. The staff told the team that she wasn’t able to encode yet. Mr. Lumbao suggested that the encoding will be done from present legislative documents backwards.

Other LGUs are scheduled to be monitored on December onwards.

 

CCCE PAG PR- RESOURCEGov Peer Learning Exchange conducted in RESOURCEGov Areas

PHILDHRRA, as the implementer of EU-funded CCCE PAG-PR Project, tapped Mahintana to conduct the CCCE PAG-PR- RESOURCEGov Peer Learning Exchange on November 19-21, 2018 to the RESOURCEGov-assisted LGUs. The learning activity aims to replicate the best practices of the LGUs in South Cotabato and Sarangani including the use of ODK/Qlik?LITS Systems, revenue generation and The PHILDHRRA Team, headed by its National Coordinator Ms. Caridad R. Corridor and Regional Coordinators, and the LGU and CSO representatives from 27 LGUs of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  Around 60 participated in the said peer learning exchange activity.

The 1st day was orientation and division of the participants to 3 groups. Ms. Corridor gave the welcome address and PHILDHRRA Regional Coordinator for Visayas Mr. Hally Atienza presented the house rules. RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker oriented the participants about the RESOURCEGov 2 Project and introduced Mahintana Foundation Inc. through its video briefer. Group 1’s facilitators are RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Blanker and PHILDHRRA Regional Coordinator from Luzon Ms. Germaine De Runa. Group 2’s facilitators are RESOURCEGov 2 Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc and PHILDHRRA Regional Coordinator for Mindanao Mr. Mr. Glenn Bais. Group 3’s facilitators are RESOURCEGov Project Officer Mr. Byron Delandrino and CCCE PAG PR Project Manager Ms. Katlea Zarra Itong. On the 2nd day, Group 1 visisted LGU Polomolok, South Cotabato and LGU Tampakan, South Cotabato. Group 2 went to LGU Polomolok, South Cotabato and LGU Maasim, Sarangani. Group 3 went to LGU Tampakan, South Cotabato and LGU Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. ODK, Qlik and LITS systems sparked the interest of the participants as they were presented by LGUs assisted by the RESOUCEGov Project.

Moreover, Municipal Economic Enterprise Development Office (MEEDO) was featured during the visit to LGU Tupi. On the last day, each group presented their participants’ learnings, impression and action plans from community exposure. They expressed their high hopes in replicating the best practices and that there will be a CCCE PAG-PR Project Phase 2.

RESOURCEGOV PIP for Years 2&3 discussed during PIT-PMT Meeting

 RESOURCEGov 2 Team conducted its PIT-PMT Meeting on November 16, 2018 at Waterfront Insular Hotel, Lanang, Davao City. It was attended by 33 (Male 13, Female 20) project staff from Mahintana, MINCODE, AADC, Kasilak, PhilDHRRA, and partner DILG of Regions 11, 12 and 13.

The meeting started a prayer led by Project Cashier Ms. Rhogelyn G. Diana. Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker gave the welcome address. DILG 11 MLGOO for New Bataan Ms. Rosalie Agunod and DILG 13 Provincial Director for Surigao del Sur Mr. Pedrito Alacaba spoke their messages of support and gratitude. Security Dept. Supervisor Mr. Charlie Jose oriented the participants of the Hotel Safety and Emergency and the house rules. Mr. Blanker then presented the Project Implementation Plan (PIP) for Years 2 & 3.

During the presentation, comments and suggestions from the body were welcomed. Partnered form DILG were also encouraged to speak and comment on the activities and schedules. MLGOO Ms. Gultiano suggested to do the CSO activities on the 2nd quarter to prepare them for the call of accreditation 90 days after the election period. It was agreed by the body to efficiently implement the empowerment of CSOs. After the lunch break, Project Bookkeeper Mr. Jason Inot presented the Consolidated Spending Plan. Partners raised their financial concerns. After reaching the agreements, MINCODE Executive Director and Project Coordinator Ms. Raizsa Mae Anayatin presented the key agreements.

 

LGU Tagbina benchmarks LGU Lambayong and LGU President Quirino

 

RESOURCEGov 2 Team composed of Project Officers Mr. Kurt Jurgen Von D. Lumbao, Ms. Myra Macla and Ms. Llenie Grace Cebuala and Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc, facilitated the learning visit of LGU Tagbina to the two existing partners of the project in Sultan Kudarat Province: LGUs Lambayong and President Quirino. It was attended by 43 (Male 21, Female 22). LGU Tagbina Team was spearheaded by Vice Mayor Hon. Antonio Adlaw and included the department heads and their respective staff.

The benchmarking activity aims to help LGU Tagbina to replicate the best practices of LGU Lambayong and LGU President Quirino particularly on the use of ODK-based forms to increase revenue collection.  Lambayong Mayor Hon. Ramon Abalos welcomed the delegates and joined the body during the presentation. Business Permits and Licensing Officers (BPLO) of both municipalities presented how ODK has helped them increase their revenue collection by mapping business establishments using the forms they had generated. They entertained and answered questions asked by the visitors.

Mahintana Staff undergoes Fire Drill

November 12, 2018 – Mahintana staff underwent Fire Drill exercises after the monthly staff meeting. This activity aims to educate and train the staff about fire prevention and suppression. Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Polomolok Fire Station (PFS) Plans and Training Chief FO2 Rechie Guilaran and SFO1 Ruben D. Salvan. A short orientation on Workers’ Information on Safety and hazard and Fire Safety Program in the workplace was conducted.

For a practical drill, the fire officers set up a fire outside the building to simulate a situation where a fire extinguisher can be used. Each participant was given a certificate of participation after.

HEALTH Plus Project conducts Values Orientation on Leadership and Teamwork

To continually support the development of its staff, HEALTH Plus Project conducted Values Orientation on Leadership and Teamwork and PPF & HPSiS Team Meeting on November 6-7, 2018 at hacienda Don Juan, Brgy. Lago, Glan, Sarangani. This activity aims to provide updates to the team on the accomplishments of HPSiS from January to October 2018, document gaps and challenges on the implementation of HEALTH Plus. It also aims to enhance knowledge and skills on leadership, influence and teamwork leading to an improved performance between and among PPF and HPSiS staff.  It was attended by 18 participants from Mahintana management, PPF core staff and team leaders of HPSiS outlets in the Provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani and City of General Santos.

Ms. Luzviminda T. Herezo, the invited resource speaker, talked about emotional intelligence and work excellence, leadership and management with an application through structured learning exercises and problem solving.  Individual exercises include:  (1) Leadership Awareness Inventory to identify and differentiate their function as a leader or manager; 2) Solidarity and Commitment Exercise through an object that defines one’s personality; and (3) Commitment renewal as a member of the HEALTH Plus team.

Mahintana visits Dole Korea

Mahintana President & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, Admin & Finance Ms. Liza D. Hora, Operations Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon and South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes met with the top management of Dole Korea on Nov. 7, 2018. During the meeting, the management presented the products and that the Philippines is the leading country exporter of the Dole products in South Korea. Also. Dole Korea Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) focus on education and the environment. Gov. Fuentes committed to support infrastructure projects in Region 12 that will help Dole Philippines, Inc. continue its service to export world-class Dole products.

The team visited few of South Korea tourism sites to benchmark these tourism spots.

Mahintana joins the OGP Asia Pacific Regional Meeting

Mahintana Operations Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, together with the President & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot and Admin & Finance Ms. Liza D. Hora, attended the Open Government Partnership (OGP)  Asia Pacific Regional Meeting on Nov. 5-6, 2018 at The Westin Chosun, Seoul, South Korea. The team was with the South Cotabato District I Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes to represent the Philippines on the synergy between the local government and CSOs in implementing OGP programs.

The delegates shared the implementation of programs, outcomes and challenges during the roundtable discussions on Civil Society Day. During the Open Ceremony, one of the speaker was Gov. Fuentes who shared the local governance initiatives of the province and the OGP commitments such as open legislation, open monitoring, open contracting, etc. On one of the breakout sessions, Mr. Tubigon spoke of Legislative Information Tracking Systems (LITS) as CSO initiative and a tool for open legislation. He said that LITS in advancing open data and improving legislative openness and performance in local governments.