PIT-PMT meets for Year 3 Spending Plan Refinements

As a follow-through activity of the Annual Review and Planning Workshop, RESOURCEGov Team conducted its 8th Project Implementation Team – Project Management Team (PIT-PMT) Meeting on November 18-19, 2019 at Blue Lotus Hotel, Davao City. The 2-day activity, attended by 24 team staff and partners (Male 12, Female 12), aimed to refine the spending plan for Year 3 and discuss the next steps and schedules of the project implementation team.

After the preliminaries, Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot gave the welcome address reminding the team that the project is already in its last year of implementation and must focus on building pool of experts to sustain the project gains. Project Head Bookkeeper Ms. Jovelyn Vilbar and (MINCODE) Bookkeeper Ms. Jessica Jose-Teves presented the consolidated spending plan per LGU as the result of the planning workshop conducted in October. During the presentations, issues and concerns were raised and discussed in the plenary. Suggestions and recommendations from participating DILG partners were noted. Financial workshops were conducted to do necessary revisions and refinements to the spending plan. On the 2nd day, the minor revisions were made and presented to the plenary. Key agreements include the following: 1) revisit the budget and consider to forego some activities to give way to the other proposed activities; 2) Inform the MLGOOs of the 2016 CSIS results before the conduct of the 2020 CSIS survey (Region 12) c/o project officers; 3) decide collectively on where to get budget for the LITS roll-out for the barangays of Sarangani, among others.  The next step is to submit the finalized annual interim and financial reports and request for budget realignment will be sent at the end of the month.

Mahintana undergoes EU-organized Gender and Development Training

Mahintana Foundation Inc., represented by RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and HEALTH Plus Project Manager Ms. Margie S. Managuit, also the gender focal person of the office, attended the Gender and Development Training organized by EU Delegation of the Philippines to all CSO-EIDHR and CSO-LA program beneficiaries. Held at UP Diliman on November 13-15, 2019, the training seeks to integrate gender-responsiveness on project management, communication and visibility planning of the EU-funded projects. The participants of the activity as required are project managers and the documenters or the gender focal person of the beneficiary organizations.

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. brainstorms for its Strategic Mid-Program Review and Planning

In order to review the foundation’s 5-year strategic plan (2017-2021), Mahintana Foundation Inc. conducted its Strategic Mid-Program Review and Planning on November 7-8, 2019 at Malagos Garden Resort, Davao City. The invited resource speaker Mr. Jaime “Bong” Antonio, Jr. facilitated the following segments to the 2-day activity: part 1, examining our influence and impact as a development partner through portfolio reports and the sense making workshop; part 2, defining our locus through examining Mindanao trends and Mahintana Situational Analysis and strategic plan review and updating; and part 3, the teambuilding retreat.

Clockwise from top left: Ms. Liza Hora, Admin and Finance Officer; Mr. Jaime Antonio, Jr. and Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, President and CEO; (lower right) Ms. Jea Roque, HealthPlus Supervising Pharmacist.

Each program was tasked to prepare and present portfolio and accomplishment reports to serve as an overview of the different programs: (1) Basic Social Services, (2) Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Climate Change Adaptation, (3) Institutional-Building and Governance, and (4) Social Enterprise. Before proceeding to the discussion on the outputs of the sense-making workshop, the group was halved and assigned to list Mindanao trends and another half was tasked to evaluate whether the previous situational analysis is consistent to the present or needs updating.

Despite the lengthy process on mapping out the activities of each program, the discussion proved to be fruitful and became a way to level the staff’s knowledge about the foundation’s programs. The most important segment of this activity was the review and update of the strategic plan. Based on their previous outputs (the sense making workshop, Mindanao trends, and situational analysis) the teams could incorporate changes based on these and as a result of further discussion and brainstorming.

Clockwise from top left: Mr. Jan Solomon Edrozo, RESOURCEGov2 Project Officer; Mr. Jeric Amparo, ZOD/HIMSOG-Tupi Project Officer; Mr. Jobe Tubigon, Operations Officer & SOLARES project manager; and Mr. Jay Amiel Ajoc, SOLARES project coordinator.

Mahintana, Dolefil, Stanfilco, Kasilak, RD Fdn., & partner coops share 2nd wave of blessings to earthquake victims in North Cotabato

On November 7, 2019, Mahintana, Dolefil, Stanfilco, Kasilak, RD Fdn., Inc. and other partner organizations/coops in SOCCSKSARGEN area shared second wave of blessings to the earthquake victims of Makilala, North Cotabato under its Caravan of Hope. At least 1,893 families or 9,465 individuals in five (5) barangays of Makilala, North Cotabato have benefited from food packs, mineral water, clothes (for men, women & children) and assorted Dole products (fruit cups, canned & dried fruits, etc.). Dolefil or Dole Philippines, Inc. has donated at least PHP 6.9 Million worth of assorted Dole products.

Right after the relief operations, feedback from the beneficiary families has been encouraging. Majority of the beneficiaries remarked that this relief operation was by far provided them with the most number of relief goods which they found it difficult to carry by one person. Others said that this is the most orderly, efficient and transparent relief operation. They liked the idea that the donors also personally distributed the relief goods because majority of donors (LGUs & private sector alike) just leaved their goods to the hands of the Brgy. Officials to distribute.

The third wave of Caravan of Hope will be conducted in the following weeks.

RESOURCEGov orients Malapatan BLGUs with LITS

The RESOURCEGov 2 Project continued rolling out the LITS orientation and installation to the barangays of Sarangani. Thru the coordination efforts of the Vice-Governor’s Office of Sarangani, the project cascaded LITS  to the barangays under the municipality of Malapatan on November 5, 2019. The honorable Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta also joined the activity to inspire the barangays to do better in local legislation and their performance as the basic government units. A total of eight (8) barangays have installed the system.

The following barangays have installed LITS: Poblacion, Patag, Sapu Padidu, Libi, Kihan, Tuyan, Lun Masla, and Lun Padido.

RESOURCEGov Project concludes its 2nd year with Annual Review and Planning Workshop

Ending the Year 2 of project implementation, RESOURCEGov Project conducted the Annual Review and Planning Workshop on October 24-25, 2019 at Dusit D2, Lanang, Davao City. The activity was attended by 104 (Male 59, Female 45) comprised by guests from EU Delegation to the Philippines, DILG Central Office, DBM 12, BLGF 12, the Sarangani Vice Governor, local chief executives of the 14 LGU partners and their respective CSO representatives, project management and implementation teams, and the media.

The 2-day activity became an avenue for presentations of the accomplishments and financial updates, as well as, sharing of best practices of the project areas in video testimonials and in open forums. Key messages of support and response to the accomplishments were given to wit: Program Officer Ms. Carol Maningo of the Delegation of European Union to the Philippines, DILG XI Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Atty. Abdullah Matalam, DBM XII Regional Director (RD) Mr. Akmad Usman, BLGF XII RD Mr. Jeany Tedera, and Sarangani Vice Governor Dr. Elmer De Peralta. During the open forums, challenges and opportunities were discussed and among the support gained for the project implementation is the Sarangani Province Vice Governor’s Office’s pledge of Php 3.5M worth of the computers for the cascade of LITS to the barangays of Sarangani. Also, RD Usman shared that national government is to increase the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and hopes that the LGUs will use the remaining year of the project to equip themselves. For the planning workshop, the spending plan per LGU was distributed to the respective LGU representatives to plan for the Year 3. The consolidated spending plan was presented by the project bookkeepers on Day 2.