PostHeaderIcon LITS Orientation and Installation at the City Government of General Santos City

20180109_145554_FotorOn January 9-10, 2018, the RESOURCEGov 2 Project Team oriented the Vice Mayor of General Santos City, Hon. Shirlyn L. Bañas-Nograles together with her staff on the Legislative Tracking Information System (LITS), a software program developed as a tool to track, monitor and store communications, resolutions and ordinances and other pertinent documents transforming legislative procedures from paper to paperless.

Mr. Jobe Tubigon, Mahintana Operations Manager, briefly introduced the integral components and main goal of the project and demonstrated the use of the system. Likewise, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager, provided technical insights and assistance for the installation of the system.

Being the first system synced to a Paperless Legislation Program making administrative tasks easier and more effective, the office of the vice mayor procured a laptop and successfully installed the LITS. A LITS team will be organized to fully implement the system. Also, a LITS Orientation to the urban barangays of General Santos City will be conducted on January 30, 2018 to promote a uniform tool in the city for tracking legislative documents.

With the upgraded features of the system, Hon. Nograles envisions an improved public access to resolutions/ordinances and efficient legislative information dissemination and tracking in General Santos City.



PostHeaderIcon Ma. Rosa Creek Rehabilitation Project Launching Activity

The Ridge to Reef Program has launched its Ma. Rosa Creek Rehabilitation Project last December 20, 2017 funded by MacEwen Falconer & Co. Ltd. and Dole Philippines, Inc. in partnership with LGU-Polomolok and the Municipal Cooperative Development Council (MCDC).

The aim of the project is to help reduce the flooding incidence in Polomolok through applying green technology such as earth matting and indigenous stone diking.

Different stakeholders represented by top officials and management attended the activity primarily from Dole Philippines, LGU Polomolok, BLGU Poblacion and different Puroks in Polomolok together with different cooperative chairpersons from UEWMPC, FARB, TSKMPC,CAMPCO, AMCOOP, and PMSC.

To mark the launching of the project, the stakeholders completed the installation of the indigenous stone dike through the piling of stones and covering it with used fish nets donated by RD Fishing industry. Afterwards, 100 hills of bamboo were planted within the earth matted areas.

The event was a ceremonial undertaking since the project has already started last Nov. 28, 2017 establishing 2,034 sq. meters of earth mat planted with 4,496 malabago stakes and 27,860 napier cuttings. Also, 152 meters of indigenous stone dike was installed with 257 bamboo/wooden poles._DSC0443_Fotor_Collage

PostHeaderIcon Adopt-a-School Program: Groundbreaking Ceremony at Landan Elementary School, Polomolok, South Cotabato

6December 15, 2017 marks the ceremonial commencement of construction of 2 classroom buildings for Landan Elementary School in Brgy. Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. This is part of the 5ingkowelahan project funded by Dole Philippines, Inc. in partnership with Mahintana Foundation.

As a reciprocating action, at least 300 parents and students of the school participated in a Tree Growing Activity on the same day. A total of 2,500 hills of fruit and forest trees were planted at the forest park and riverbank located right across the school. The principal, Ms. Herlyn Berondo, thanked all those who made this project possible where many students will benefit from it. “The new structure will help them learn better and perform well at school,” she said.

The Groundbreaking Ceremony which followed afterwards was graced by top officials and management of ITOCHU, Dole Philippines Inc., Lead.Ph, Lead-Calumpang, DcoMPC, and Mahintana Foundation.

This project is under the Adopt-a-School program intended to promote quality education by providing classroom buildings to schools with limited resources and large student population.2_Fotor_Collage1

PostHeaderIcon RESOURCEGov 2 Project Inception Workshop

IMG_6365_Fotor_CollageThe RESOURCEGov 2 project staff and chairpersons/board representatives from Mahintana, MINCODE and its member organizations were oriented with the financial and operation systems and policies of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines on December 13-14, 2017 during the Project’s Inception Workshop held at Greenleaf Hotel, General Santos City.  It was also an opportunity to discuss and address concerns about the project and finalize the Project Action Plan for the Year 2018.

The Project Manager, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, shared a short project overview highlighting the project objectives and specific deliverables while Ms. Wilma Jumilla, Bookkeeper, provided a detailed explanation about EU’s relevant financial policies and regulations. This is to ensure that all project staff will have a common understanding of proper financial practices and for them to understand their responsibilities for the successful implementation and completion of the project for 3 years.

Also part of the 2-day workshop was the demonstration on the installation of the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS), as an effective tool to easily archive ordinances/resolutions and other pertinent documents. The system will be introduced to target municipalities of the project which will be helpful in improving their local revenue generation and performance monitoring.IMG_6390_Fotor

PostHeaderIcon EU-funded RESOURCEGov 2 Project Launching and MOU Signing

(clockwise from upper Left) Mahintana President & CEO, Mr. Martiniano Magdolot; MINCODE Executive Director Ms. Raizsa Mae Anayatin; DILG-12 Regional Director Mr. Reynaldo Bungubung; Dolefil Vice President & Managing Director

(clockwise from upper Left) Mahintana President & CEO, Mr. Martiniano Magdolot; MINCODE Executive Director Ms. Raizsa Mae Anayatin; DILG-12 Regional Director Mr. Reynaldo Bungubung; Dolefil Vice President & Managing Director Mr. Randolph Fleming

The RESOURCEGov 2 Project Launching and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Signing on December 13, 2017 gathered together the key officers of Mahintana Foundation, MINCODE and its members (Agri-Aqua Development Coalition-Mindanao, Kasilak Development Foundation, and PhilDHRRA) including the local chief executives and heads of key departments from different target LGUs in Regions 11, 12 & 13. The purpose of the activity is to strengthen the partnership and explore opportunities for the effective implementation of the Project. Held at Green Hotel, General Santos City, the event was also attended by DILG-12 officials, Provincial Directors and MLGOOs headed by the Regional Director Mr. Reynaldo Bungubung.

In his message of support, Mr. Bungubung, recognized the positive results and significant contributions of the RESOURCEGov Phase 1 project to the LGUs and CSOs. “It is a project intended to pursue excellence in local governance,” he said.  The DILG-12 will continue to provide assistance to the project as support also to their mandates in delivering basic social services to the communities efficiently and effectively.

The presentation of the project overview by the Project Manager, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker highlighted the project goals and objectives and other relevant details about the project. Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon RESOURCEGov 2 Project Courtesy Call and Project Orientation at DILG Central Office

2_FotorThe Revenue Enhancement by Strengthening and Optimising the Utilisation of Resources and CSO Engagement in Local Governance (RESOURCEGov) 2 Project team pays a courtesy call visit to DILG officials and staff on December 6, 2017 at DILG-Office of the Undersecretary for Local Government, Quezon City. In attendance were: Program Manager Richard L. Villacorte, Head Executive Assistant Josephine C. Leysa, Public Affairs and Communications Service (PACS) Director Marlo S. Guanzon, and eight (8) representatives from Project Management Office (PMO), Information Systems and Technology Management Service (ISTMS) and Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) Program.

Mr. Jobe Tubigon, Mahintana Operations Manager, presented the user-friendly data management systems such as the Open Data Kit (ODK) effective for tax mapping and project monitoring and the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) helpful for archiving ordinances/resolutions and other documents.

DILG Program Manager Richard Villacorte appreciated the systems presented and expressed to implement the use of the tools at their own level for project management and later on, introduce it to local government units and MLGOOs.

The RESOURCEGov 2 Project is funded by the European Union implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE).

PostHeaderIcon Health Plus Shop in a Shop (HPSiS) Project in South Cotabato receives Plaque of Recognition from DILG

(from L to R) Ms. Rilimin Sandoval; Ms. Jennifer Britania, Provincial Planning and Development Officer; Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, MFI President & CEO; Mr. Austere a. Panadero, Undersecretary of DILG; Mr. Reynaldo Bungubung, DILG 12 Regional Director; and Mr. John Salcedo, Provincial Health Administrator

(from L to R) Ms. Rilimin Sandoval; Ms. Jennifer Britania, Provincial Planning and Development Officer; Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, MFI President & CEO; Mr. Austere A. Panadero, Undersecretary of DILG; Mr. Reynaldo Bungubung, DILG 12 Regional Director; and Mr. John Salcedo, Provincial Health Administrator

A Plaque of Recognition was awarded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to the Health Plus Shop in a Shop (HPSiS) Project of the Provincial Government of South Cotabato in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. on December 8, 2017 at Selah Garden Hotel, Pasay City.

The HPSiS in South Cotabato was recognized as one of the best practices of the Private Public Partnership in the country in the delivery of basic social services by the government and private partners to the community particularly to the poor and indigent patients. The HPSiS partnership started in 2008 and is now replicated in 9 public hospitals in South Cotabato, Sarangani Province and General Santos City complementing the “no balance billing” program of the government. The project is also a “Galing Pook” awardee in 2016.

Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, President and CEO of Mahintana, received the award together with the representatives from South Cotabato and DILG 12.

PostHeaderIcon Mahintana’s Outreach Program Benefits Schoolchildren at Bianan Elementary School, Tboli, South Cotabato

IMG_9351_Fotor_CollageDuring the Christmas season, Mahintana Foundation organizes an Outreach Program involving the staff by giving of gifts to underprivileged children in various communities. For this year 2017, the staff and management from the foundation conducted an Outreach Program at Bianan Elementary School, Tboli, South Cotabato on December 6, 2017 and gave out school and classroom supplies (e.g. backpacks, pencils, papers, notebooks, books), health and hygiene kits, slippers, medicines and vitamins to at least 81 kindergarten students. The students and parents also received lectures on proper hand washing and tooth brushing as well as food treats as prizes for the parlor games that most of them enjoyed.

This generous gesture of giving definitely brought smiles to the little ones and to the parents who also received free medicines and vitamins.

PostHeaderIcon Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) Project Annual Review and Strategic Planning

IMG_8968_Fotor_CollageTo review and track the progress of the Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) project for 2017 in achieving its end results and develop action plans for the next fiscal year 2018, public and private partners of PTFK including representatives from the Mayor’s Office, the Health Educators and HEPOs of partner cooperatives and BLGU Cannery Site, gathered for the Annual Review and Strategic Planning on November 23-24, 2017 at Mt. Sabrina Panoramic View & Resort, General Santos City. It is essential for the core partners to meet and discuss effective initiatives of the project to ensure that the project’s main goal of improving the health and well-being of employees and member-workers of Dolefil’s partner-cooperatives and its immediate communities will be achieved.

Mr. Laurence Grino, Municipal Administrator, in his welcoming address, noted the accomplishments of the project over the years and thanked Mahintana and its partners for their contribution in making the project successful in its endeavors.

The participants presented their achievements for 2017 per cooperative (CAMPCO, FARB, PMSC, TSKMPC, and UEWMPC) and committee (Policy Support and Governance, STI/HIV/AIDS Services, Service Delivery, Information, Education and Communication, Planning, Monitoring and Surveillance). Following the presentations, the group  expressed their challenges encountered in implementing the project and discussed ways to address it. The planned activities for 2018 were presented the next day where some focused areas will be sustained and additional set of priorities will be included.

The workshop was concluded with the agreement that each committee will submit their final action plans to Mahintana and will be due for presentation in the 4th Local Health Board Meeting by Year 2018.IMG_8994_Fotor

PostHeaderIcon RESOURCEGov Project Team undergo Financial Systems Installation Training

20171121_093245_FotorOn November 21, 2017, Mahintana Foundation through its RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project facilitated the Financial Systems Installation Training together with the key staff and finance team of MINCODE and its partner networks (Kasilak Development Foundation, PhilDHRRA, Agri-Aqua Development Coalition-Mindanao). The training was intended to orient the project team on EU’s standards on financial recording, the basic documentation requirements during trainings and other activities and the use of Quickbooks which is a user-friendly system giving users access to basic accounting and financial tracking tools.

Ms. Wilma Jumilla, MFI Accountant, presented the contractual framework of the project stipulating the key responsibilities of the main parties in the project implementation with Mahintana as directly responsible for the implementation and acts as the intermediary for all the communication to the European Union (EU) while MINCODE is jointly responsible for complying with any obligation binding from the Contract. Moreover, she discussed in detail the modules based on EU’s Financial tool kit providing guidelines for partners to follow in complying with the basic standards/requirements on filing and record keeping as well as the general accounting procedures.

Meanwhile, Ms. Grace Miguel, MFI Project Bookkeeper, presented visuals of actual forms for better appreciation and to ensure that the participants can easily comprehend and apply the general accepted record keeping standards. She also demonstrated the step-by-step accounting tasks that can be done using Quickbooks and explained how the system can help make the complicated task of accounting easier when used in its full potential. Afterwards, she assisted the MINCODE team in the installation and management of the system.

At the end of the training, the participants had a common understanding and gained knowledge on the contractual, financial and operational systems and policies of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Philippines, as the Project Funding Donor.20171121_131349_Fotor

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