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.

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.

 

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.

EU Partners in Mindanao Complementation Meeting

 

Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, President & CEO of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) met with Mr. Glen Bais, Mindanao Regional Coordinator of Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PHILDHRRA), Ms. Bai Raizza Anayatin, Executive Director of Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE), Mr. Dam Vertido, Executive Director of Mindanao Land Foundation Inc. (MINLAND), and Mr. Isabelo Julius Caezar Benitez, Project Manager of Action Against Hunger (AAH) on February 18, 2018 at the PHILDHRRA Mindanao Office, Lunar St., Marfori Hts, Davao City.

This meeting was an off-shoot of the groups’ representatives’ discussion during the EU Delegation to the Philippines CSO consultation last February 6, 2018 in Makati City to explore complementation among and between EU-assisted partners in Mindanao. Mahintana, with partners MINCODE and PHILDHRAA, was granted the funds for the RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project, while PHILDHRAA for Consolidating CSO Networks for Citizens’ Engangement Towards Participatory and Accountable Governance for Poverty Alleviation (CCCCE PAG-PR) Project, and MINLAND and AAH for RISE CSO-LGU Project.

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.