On April 8, 2019, the SOLARES Project Team
together with SOCOTECO II SBU Representative John Tindoy joined the ABC Meeting at Maitum, Sarangani to present the SOLARES project and demonstrate the stand-alone photovoltaic system to the Brgy. Captains.
Mr. Jobe Tubigon, SOLARES
Project Manager, briefly introduced the Solares project
highlighting its framework, objectives and sustainability mechanism. He
explained about the installation process as well as the payment scheme, where
the member-consumer (MC) shall pay a monthly fee amounting to Php222 which will
cover up all the maintenance, spare parts and troubleshooting of the Solar Home
System (SHS) units. The overall installation process will be covered by the
project with no further cost for the MC.
Mr. Tindoy together with the SOLARES project
officers demonstrated and explained the basic operation of the SHS unit which
includes its charging, capacity, loading system and maintenance. He also
explained that the project beneficiaries will automatically become members of SOCOTECO
II and are also entitled to all the benefits provided by the EC.
The barangay captains of Maitum, Sarangani showed interest and positive response
in the SOLARES Project and committed to provide assistance if ever needed by
the project team to help in the project implementation.
Open Government Partnership (OGP) Partnerships & Events Consultant for Asia Pacific Ms. Ivy Ong facilitated the meeting of its OGP Partners, the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Democracy Education Center (DEMO), for a peer learning experience regarding their OGP commitments. The two parties agreed to communicate through teleconference call on March 18, 2019, 8:00 AM. Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker attended the teleconference call with DEMO Director Ms. Undral Gombodorj.
DEMO is a Mongolian NGO that
launched the mobile app community-based monitoring tool called Check
My Service. This initiative was selected by the OGP as one of the best Asia
Pacific regional innovations in 2014 and 2016, and received an OGP Global Award
in 2016. To date, Check My Services app has already monitored 101 government
services of Mongolia. Mahintana, on the other hand, introduced the OGP
Commitments such as Open Monitoring using the ODK and Open Legislation using
the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS). As to date, the ODK-based
project monitoring forms has already finished its dry run stage. Provincial Project
Monitoring Committee (PPMC) has deemed the ODK system easy-to-use and
time-saving in data collection and consolidation. The next step is for the
ODK-result map to be linked to the provincial government’s website for public
to access and provide feedbacks. For the LITS, the 1st phase, which
is archiving of the legislative documents of the province, is already done. The
2nd phase is to make the LITS accessible online, and the 3rd
phase is to provide a comment section where the citizens can leave their
comments and suggestions.
RESOURCEGov 2 Team conducted a series of activities in
Davao City on March 11-13, 2019 namely: 4th PIT Meeting (for Regions
11&13), Financial Workshop, and Financial Monitoring. These activities were
conducted to ensure the proper implementation of the project in the remaining
years according to the financial policies of EU.
For the 4th PIT Meeting for Regions 11
& 13, RESOURCEGov Team from 25 participants (Male 9, Female 16) Mahintana,
MINCODE and member networks met for updating. Consolidated accomplishment and
accomplishment per member network were presented, as well as the consolidated
budget performance, budget performance per implementation, counterpart
complied, and spending plan. A small working group for visibility action was
formed to ensure the faster implementation of visibility and communication plan
including posters and press releases. During the Financial Workshop, the
Financial Manual draft was presented and discussed per section. Inputs from
team were considered and noted that do not come in conflict with EU financial
policies were considered and noted. Lastly, the Financial Monitoring was attended
by 7 participants (Male 1, Female 6) of the finance team of Mahintana. Financial
monitoring is an internal monitoring & evaluation regularly conducted by
Mahintana to MINCODE to ensure the proper documentation of financial records
and necessary attachments.
Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot was invited by the DILG Central Office to attend the Round Table Discussion: Pushing the Envelope from Nominal to Transformative Citizen Participation on March 12, 2019 at the Luxent Hotel, Timog, Quezon City. The roundtable discussion aims to look into local and global experiences through a peer learning exchange of views in the area of promoting participatory governance. DILG invited 18 resource persons from the different sectors – national government, business, academe, international and national donors and NGOs. Mahintana was the only identified local NGO from Mindanao.
DILG was tasked to absorb the functions of the Office of Participatory Governance (OPG), that is, “to promote and ensure the direct participation of various stakeholders in the crafting and formulation of policies and programs to address concerns at the grassroots level and to initiate programs and projects that will facilitate citizen empowerment and participation in governance at the national, regional, and local levels.”
Three from the Dole Philippines School (DPS) Grade 12 students of HUMSS strand, Gilmore Leaño, Sairah Sipe, and Ronjey Rendon, underwent the 2-week Student Work Immersion Program in Mahintana Foundation Inc. in January 2019. Mr. Leaño and Ms. Sipe were designated to work in the Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Project under the supervision of R2R Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae Babao. On the other hand, Mr. Rendon was assigned in Nutripan Project under Ms. Yvonne Templonuevo’s watch. Admin & Finance Officer Ms. Liza D. Hora received a Certificate of Appreciation from DPS in behalf of the organization. Adolescent Reproductive Health Volunteer Ms. Wiki Hamilton was also recognized in the speech for her invaluable support to the immersion work experience.
During the Grade 12 Culmination Program of DPS on March 8, 2019, the immersion students were given the opportunity to share their work experiences. Booths were also set up with photos of their immersion work. Mr. Leaño representative of the HUMSS students who worked in Mahintana, shared:
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” Yes,
nothing is going to lose when you help someone.
“Building resiliency and sustaining
development has been the bullseye of the institution. Empowering people’s
capacity has also been greatest investment – we learned, through this institution,
on how to help others by helping themselves. It is not just all about helping
others and giving what they need but also helping them to stand and live by their
own efforts. As we entered the foundation, the Mahintana force had embraced us
with love and care as if we had never felt like anyone else inside the room. In
fact, they treated us like family. Two weeks were a bit short for us. Short as
it was, however, we cherished the moments that the institution had taught us.”
More than the appreciation of the environmental and socio-economic development interventions, he cherished the learnings and experiences, as well as, relationships built with the mentors and co-workers in Mahintana. Also, he mentioned that with Mahintana, they were able to immerse with the culture and dream of the community and travel to the project sites as an exhilarating experience. Mr. Leaño encouraged the incoming Grade 12 HUMSS and Grade 11 students to freely express their insights and creative juices in developing the society.
HUMSS, or Humanities and Social Sciences, is one of the tracks offered to senior high school in DepEd’s Kto12 Program. It is the strand for students who will take up communication arts, liberal arts, education, and other social science-related courses in college. Meanwhile, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) strand students worked in Dole Philippines, Inc.
More than 30 Mahintana and Dolefil Community Relations (ComRel) staff underwent the Basic Supervisory Training-Workshop on February 28 to March 2, 2019 at Dolores Farm Resort, Polomolok, South Cotabato. This development training aims to help the staff understand the roles and functions of a supervisor, as well as, enhance their skill sets such as leadership, planning, effective communication, control function, time management, and facilitating meetings.
In the span of 3
days, there were various discussions, group activities, and individual
quiz-type sessions. Structured Learning Experiences (SLEs) were designed to
test the physical and mental stamina of the participants. The participants were
expressive of their thoughts, feelings, and work experiences that may be
beneficial to other participants. One of the significant activities was the
opportunity to communicate with all the attendees one-on-one, which was
according to the trainees, very liberating.
“Persistence, dedication and willingness to be accessed by people who want to develop you”are just few of the advices given by the resource speaker Ms. Janet Obra. Mahintana Admin & Finance Officer Ms. Liza D. Hora encouraged the body to open themselves in learning more. She recounted the experiences and pains of working in a dynamic organization such as Mahintana, yet, she counted it all joy to seeing the results of community organizing especially raising leaders who will continue the work to do and more. During the post evaluation session, the participants shared their impressions about the said training-workshop.
The SOLARES project staff headed by Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Project Manager, participated in the Solar PV Mainstreaming Project Joint Meeting/Window 2 Design Workshop held at Socoteco II Seminar Hall in General Santos City on February 26, 2019. The purpose of the workshop was to review the Solar Home System (SHS) or Photovoltaic (PV) Mainstreaming Window I implementation experience in Mindanao and identify lessons learned to simplify and improve SHS Window II implementation. PV Mainstreaming is a Department of Energy (DoE) initiative, supported by the World Bank’s Access to Sustainable Energy in the Philippines (ASEP) Programme.
Electric Cooperatives (ECs) presented their Window I experiences on the preparation, procurement, marketing, installation & verification phases. The group were also able to brainstorm together and complement actions to improve its mechanics for Window II. It was also an opportunity for Mahintana to harmonize the SHS technical design/specifications, the target areas and sustainability mechanisms of PVM with the SOLARES project.
World Bank Consultant Mr. Ian Driscall presented the Renewable Energy for Rural Electrification (RE4RE) system, a GIS platform developed to strengthen the impact of electrification projects fostering access to electrical services. The platform makes information available to aid in decision making on energy-related projects and monitoring the progress of ongoing projects.
attendees were key staff and officers from different Electric Coops (ECs)
namely: SUKELCO, FIBECO, COTELCO, Socoteco II, DASURECO and BUSECO. Also
present were representatives from the Development Bank of the Philippines
(DBP), Yamog organization, National Electrification Administration (NEA) and
Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF).
Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy
Solutions (SOLARES) Project, a 3-year EU-funded project in partnership with
Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), facilitated the Coordination and Harmonization Meeting held at Hotel Esse, Davao
City on February 21, 2019. Among the attendees are Ms. Carol Maningo from EU
Delegation, Mr. Ian Driscall from World Bank, Mr. Douglas Liner from the
Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP) and Ms. Shunie
Pearl Palacios from PEF. Also present were representatives and management staff
from the Department of Energy (DoE), MINDA, SUKELCO and SURECO. The meeting was
an avenue for stakeholders to share solar-related project experiences and for Mahintana
to harmonize initiatives to implement SOLARES Project successfully.
SOLARES Project Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon presented the target
areas and beneficiaries, the project framework, the solar home system (SHS) design
options, and the project implementation plan. Discussions included concerns
such as the target areas’ accessibility, the SHS specification options, the livelihood
programs, electrification, the procurement processes, the installation of the solar
load vending stations, and the sustainability of the project. With the inputs given
by the group, Mahintana noted replicable existing systems and will consult EU
for major amendments in the project concept. EU Programme Officer Ms. Carol
Maningo stated that the project may be overwhelming, yet, it can be beneficial
to Mahintana, and the partners, esp. the beneficiaries. DoE Director Mr. Mario Marasigan
encouraged the body to work together for the total electrification of the
off-grid in Region 12 and ARMM through the provision of SHS.