The RESOURCEGov (phase 2) Project team together with the Management and staff of Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE) and its partner networks (Kasilak Development Foundation, PhilDHRRA, Agri-Aqua Development Coalition-Mindanao), convened for the first Project Implementation Team (PIT) Meeting on November 20, 2017 at Lispher Inn, Juna Subd, Matina, Davao City.

The kick-off PIT meeting was regarded as the formal beginning to a fruitful partnership and served as a way to align the team’s understanding of the project goals with actual plans and deliverables.

Mahintana’s President & CEO, Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, provided the opening remarks and introduced the new project staff. He also shared about the interventions and significant contributions of the RESOURCEGov project (phase 1) in improving LGU performance and CSO participation in local governance in its assisted municipalities and on how the RESOURCEGov project phase 2 was conceptualized. It was intended to sustain the project’s objectives and replicate its best practices to other municipalities, not only in Region XII but also in Regions XI and XIII.

Afterwards, MFI’s Program Manager, Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, explained further the project overview and its approved budget for 3 years amounting to € 5 million. His presentation included the following: project objectives, areas covered, logical framework, implementation plan, monitoring and evaluation plan, and documentary/reportorial requirements and templates in every activity. Also, he explained the partnership agreement which sets the terms and conditions between the partners.

Various concerns were raised and discussed particularly relating to budget allocation to partners, documentary requirements that needs to be submitted before and after an activity and specific roles and responsibilities of the implementing organizations and partner networks to ensure that the project deliverables will be met.

The RESOURCEGov project (phase 2) is a 3-year project implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with MINCODE. Funded by the European Union (EU), its overall objective is to help improve the local governance, performance and service delivery of target Local Government Units in the marginalized communities of Mindanao.

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