The Final Conference of the 3-year EU-funded “Revenue Enhancement by Strengthening and Optimizing the Utilization of Resources and CSO Engagement in Local Governance” (RESOURCEGov) Project entitled “Sharing of Replicable Practices on Project Monitoring, Tax Mapping, Legislative Tracking and Citizen Satisfaction Survey/Research Using Free/Open Source Apps (cum Final Conference and Sustainability Planning Workshop” took place at Waterfront Insular Hotel, Lanang, Davao City on September 21-23, 2016. The event was attended by more than 130 representatives and top officials from Local Government Units (LGUs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Academe, Dolefil, DILG-Region 12 as well as the project team from SPECTRUM, CSDO-SC and MFI.
The conference highlighted the 3-year performance of the project including the Citizen Satisfaction Index Survey (CSIS) results and Citizen Priority Action Plans (CPAP) of eight (8) partner LGUs presented by Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, RESOURCEGov Project Manager.
There were also several presentations of best practices shared by representatives from partner LGUs which allowed learning exchanges and possible adoption for other LGUs, development actors and CSOs. This includes the presentation of Tampakan, S.C. regarding the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) that improved the municipality’s overall Legislative Performance and the experience of Maasim, Sarangani with ODK-based CSIS which helped improve their service delivery performance. Resource persons from Lambayong, S.K. and Aleosan, N.C. shared their experiences in utilizing the Open Data Kit (ODK) system proven to be effective for business tax mapping and increasing the transparency, accountability and CSO participation in Government related projects/budgets respectively.
Also part of the 3-day activity was the presentation of the results of the end-of-project/external evaluation by Mr. Ephrem Gabriel Cortes. The results showed that the project has been successfully implemented with achievements over and above target activities and outputs, particularly, in improving the MLGU’s governance, performance, and service delivery and strengthening the capacity of CSOs in its partner sites.
The dynamic presentations constituted an opportunity for LGUs to develop and present their own specific goals and guidelines to sustain project interventions. Furthermore, interactive open forum sessions enabled a lively discussion wherein the participants shared their experiences, feedback and useful comments on the impact of project implementation and for sustainability of the initial gains of the project.
Ms. Josephine Leysa, Head of the Executive Assistance of DILG Secretary, and Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, MFI Executive Director, expressed their gratitude to the project team and support from all 8 partner LGUs and CSOs who made the project a success. Ms. Leysa quoted in her message, “the RESOURCEGov project have accomplished so much and made significant contributions worth sustaining and replicating to other areas.”
Certificates of appreciation were awarded to all partner LGUs, implementing organizations (SPECTRUM & CSDO-SC) and DILG-12 recognizing their active participation, commitment and support to the project and to the resource persons for sharing replicable practices and imparting their valuable insights.
The EU funded this project from October 2013 to September 2016 through Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with DILG Region 12, Dolefil, SPECTRUM and CSDO-SC. The goal of the project is to help improve local governance, performance and service delivery of local government units in Central Mindanao by increasing participatory local revenue generation, transparent resource allocation/utilisation and CSO participation in local governance. The eight (8) partner LGUs are: Maasim & Malapatan, Sarangani; Lambayong & President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat; Libungan & Aleosan, N.C.; and Lake Sebu & Tampakan, South Cotabato.
To protect communities in different Puroks in Barangay Cannery, Polomolok, S.C. from rabid dogs, the Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) project, implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Dole Philippines, urged pet owners to have their dogs and cats get anti-rabies shots. This is part of the Municipality of Polomolok’s campaign to make the community safe and free from rabies, particularly those dwelt by stray dogs. Rabies, known as an infectious viral disease transmitted through the bites of rabid dogs and other animals, is considered fatal but it could also be prevented.
The massive vaccination joined in by vaccinators and volunteers from OMAG and Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) started on August 6, 2016 in Prk. Santa Cruz. This was then followed by house-to-house vaccination in other 22 Puroks. As of September 3, 2016, 2,929 dogs and 89 cats were vaccinated.
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Volunteers from BLGU Cannery and Provincial Veterninary Office conduct free Castration and Vaccination of Pets
Thirty-three (33) dogs and 3 cats from Barangay Cannery, Polomolok, South Cotabato were castrated by Veterinarians and volunteers from the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) and Brgy. Cannery on August 12, 2016. The activity was part of the campaign of the Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) project implemented by Mahintana Foundation in partnership with Dole Philippines, Inc. and the municipality of Polomolok, S.C. to promote responsible pet ownership. It was also an initiative to lessen the number of stray dogs and and mitigate the increase of rabies cases making the community safe especially for children.
Purok Chairmans informed the pet owners of the massive campaign and persuaded them to have their pets neutered. The Barangay also offered free transportation to pet owners from far flung areas. With the help of local authorities, the castration procedure was performed successfully at Barangay Cannery covered court. Also part of the program was the free anti-rabies vaccination given to 40 dogs in the Barangay.
Muslim T’boli United Farmers Association (MTUFA) and Volunteer Forest Guards (VFGs) officers undergo Resource Mobilization, Proposal Preparation and Business Planning Training
To fully equip the Muslim T’boli United Farmers Association (MTUFA), Volunteer Forest Guards (VFGs) officers and the Ridge to Reef staff in mobilizing and managing resources, writing & preparing fundable technical proposals and business plans, Mahintana Foundation, through its “Silway River Watershed Areas Rainforestation and Preservation Phase 2 Project,” conducted a Resource Mobilization, Proposal Preparation and Business Planning Training on August 18-19, 2016 at Durian Garden, Brgy. Sulit, Polomolok, S.C.
Ms. Ma. Theresa Catalan, the resource person, discussed the crucial elements of Resource Mobilization and provided inputs on technical writing and business correspondence as important tools for proposal and business plan preparations. Ms. Yvonne Templonuevo, MFI Project Officer, and Ms. April Love Beronilla, Bookkeeper, also shared the basic mechanisms and importance of Financial Management and Business Planning.
Participants actively participated during workshops and learned how to determine problems in their organization/association, propose solutions to address it and eventually formulate their own project proposals. The MTUFA drafted a proposal on Cacao Production (as an alternative livelihood) while the VFG proposed for the rehabilitation of the watershed of Sitio Lam Elco (as a possible eco-tourism spot).
For the critiquing of workshop outputs (proposals & business plans), Ms. Margie Managuit, MFI Project Manager, given her years of experience and expertise in technical writing, provided feedback/comments in detail. The participants were extremely glad with the opportunity given to them and regarded it as an essential measure to hone themselves with knowledge and skills in preparing fundable/feasible business plans and project proposals and return to their association/organization with a work product in hand.
Eighty-two (82) golf players coming from different organizations and key stakeholders in SoCSarGen participated in the Palo Para sa Bantay Gubat at Kalikasan Golf Tournament held at Clubhouse Kalsangi, Polomolok, South Cotabato on August 6-7, 2016. The event was a fund raising breakthrough for the implementation of the Silway Klinan River Watershed to Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape Ridge to Reef Project (SKRW-SBPS/R2R). It was organized by Mahintana Foundation Inc. in partnership with Dole Philippines, Inc., intended to enhance the vegetation cover of riverbanks, riparian zones or other tributaries of SKRW-SBPS using bamboos and endemic forest species.
A gross amount of P1,223,600 was raised from sponsorships and registration fees from 8 gold sponsors, 40 silver sponsors and 24 bronze sponsors.
The first tee-off commenced on day 1 with at least 36 golf enthusiasts who came early participating in the said event. The golf tournament continued on day 2 with 46 players followed by the awarding ceremony hosted by Ms. Ma. Theresa Catalan, MFI Project Coordinator and Mr. Elvis Dy, Golf Tournament Chairman.
Dolefil’s Vice President and Managing Director, Mr. Randolph Fleming, thanked all the generous sponsors who have shown their support and to the players who made the event exciting and meaningful. Players received door prizes on top of the major awards. Below is the list of winners in their respective classes:
Champion – Mr. Rangie Regidor
1st Runner up – Mr. Arnold Jumalon
2nd Runner up – Mr. Osanu Ikeda
Champion – Mr. Andy Degilla
1st Runner up – Mr. Jimmy Yusie
2nd Runner up – Mr. Louie Julliano
Champion – Mr. Noel Huelar
1st Runner up – Mr. James Carpe
2nd Runner up – Judge Alejandro Alano
Mahintana Foundation, Inc. celebrated its 39th Foundation Anniversary on August 12, 2016 at Jorge F. Calderon, Sr., Park, Cannery Site, Polomolok, S.C. The celebration, dubbed with the theme “Building Resilient Communities, Rising above Adversities,” began with a Thanksgiving Mass held at the Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish followed by the Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan (LBK) medical/dental mission.
A short program was held to officially open the Anniversary celebration. Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, MFI’s Executive Director rendered a short welcome message followed by Dolefil’s Managing Director, Mr. Randolph Fleming, who expressed his delight to see several people from different areas who came early to avail of the free medical/dental services.
For the closing message, Dr. Eva Hormigos, MFI Board Member, recognized the support of the volunteers and staff of MFI and other partners in making the event possible. She quoted, “Mahintana will always be with us building resilient communities and helping people.”
Employees of MFI and members/volunteers from Rural Health Unit of Polomolok, Philippine Dental Association of Gensan, Rotary of Polomolok 101, Howard Hubbard Memorial Hospital and BLGU Cannery extended their support, assistance and services to the beneficiaries from MFI-assisted barangays of Polomolok and T’boli, S.C. At least 369 beneficiaries attended lectures on Garantisadong Pambata, Tuberculosis, Dengue and Safe Motherhood and availed of free medical consultations. Out of 369 beneficiaries, 72 had dental checkups and underwent tooth extraction, 40 had their blood sugar level (FBS) checked and 55 had their uric acid level screened. Medicines were given to the beneficiaries, courtesy of the Mahintana Health Plus Project and other partners.
It was a successful and a well-organized event commemorating the colorful history of the organization. MFI will still continue on its thrusts to share and work for community development.
On July 15, 2016, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. presented the semi-annual accomplishments of the Health Plus program implemented in Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital (formerly known as General Santos City Hospital) to the Local Chief Executive (LCE) of General Santos City, Hon. Ronnel C. Rivera together with Mr. Federico Cabanit, City Accountant, Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, MFI Executive Director and Ms. Liza D. Hora, MFI Admin and Finance Officer.
Ms. Margie Managuit, Health Plus Program Manager, presented the major accomplishments of the project including updates on the number and cases of hospital admissions, prescriptions served and unserved and the establishment of Health Plus Outlets in Rural Health Units (RHUs). She also presented the updated Drug Price Comparison Study and the financial report.
After the presentation, it was agreed that the 70% revenue share of the City shall be turned over within the month of August 2016.
Hon. Rivera expressed his sincerest appreciation to MFI for establishing the program not only in Gensan but also in other Municipalities and Cities as well. Since its successful launch on September 2014, the Health Plus program continues to provide affordable essential generic medicinal drugs especially for indigent patients.
The Multi-Partite Monitoring Team (MMT) for Dole Upper Valley Operations conducted their 3rd quarter tree planting activity on July 23, 2016 as part of the conditions of Dolefil’s ECC (Environmental Compliance Certificate) for Upper Valley operations. At least 51 MMT members and stakeholders participated in the activity from 3 different groups, namely: Dolefil Upper Valley Operations (DUVO), T’boli Farm Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TFGMPC) and Laconon 100 Multi-Purpose Cooperative (L100PMC).
TFGMPC staff and technicians together with their manager, Mr. Adolfo Tanco Jr. and Environment Committee Chairperson, Ms. Josephine Lucas planted a total of 100 bayog seedlings. Likewise, representatives from L100MPC with their BOD Chairperson, Mr. Michael Baldonado along with DUVO staff planted a total of 100 malabago and 100 mahogany seedlings. Ms. Ivy Galindo, DUVO UV-Agri PCO, Mr. Romulo Castor Jr., CommRel Superintendent and Kag. Joseph Lucido, BLGU representative, also joined and participated in the event.
A total of 300 assorted seedlings were planted along the buffer zones of pineapple plantation at Sitio Zigzag, Brgy. Edwards, T’boli, South Cotabato covering a perimeter of 1,324 meters or 4.1 hectares.
On July 26, 2016, Mahintana Foundation Inc. participated in the Nutrition Month Culmination of the Municipality of Polomolok dubbed with the theme “First 1,000 days ni baby pahalagahan, para sa malusong na kinabukasan.” The theme focuses on the first 1,000 days of life starting from conception and before the second birthday of the child creating awareness on the importance of proper infant and young child feeding practices, particularly exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and giving appropriate complementary food after six months while continuing breastfeeding. The event was held at Polomolok Municipal Gym and was organized by the Municipal Nutrition Council (MNC) in partnership with DILG, DepEd, DAR, CAMPCO, PNP, MFI and Dolefil.
The celebration was also an opportunity to promote eating vegetables to families and the production of backyard gardens to augment not only daily food needs of the family but their income through selling of garden products. Likewise, it helps in promoting collaboration among various stakeholders both in public and private sectors for programs serving families with pregnant mothers and children less than 2 years old. It was also a venue for the launching of “Inay Buhay Nakasalalay,” a program of the National Nutrition Council.
After the program was the blessing of the Nutripan delivery vehicle, driver and the three (3) bread storage which were given to Juan Bayan Elementary School, Pagalungan Elementary School and Polomolok National High School. It was graced by Fr. Jesus Jordan of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish together with Honey Lumayag-Matti, Ms. Liza Hora-MFI and the MNC members.
Students and parents took part in the said activity loaded with fun-filled and exciting events such as Bahay Kubo and Jiggle for Life contest. Hon. Honey Lumayag-Matti, Municipal Mayor of Polomolok, expressed her gratitude to the active participation of the participants and for the untiring support of the sponsors and key stakeholders.
In order to improve the capacities of the member-organizations of CSO networks (CSDO-SC and SPECTRUM) in project monitoring, mapping/profiling using Open Data Kit (ODK) and business/financial analytics using Qlik Sense, Mahintana Foundation through its EU-funded RESOURCEGov project conducted the ODK and Qlik Systems Training for CSO Network Members in Mindanao on July 27-29, 2016 held at East Asia Royale Hotel, National Highway, General Santos City. Twenty-five (25) participants including CSO representatives and staff from MFI, SPECTRUM and CSDO-SC attended the activity.
The basics in installation, operation and maintenance on ODK and Qlik systems were clearly discussed and explained by Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, RESOURCEGov Project Manager. He relayed that the ODK and Qlik apps are among the phenomenally growing free/open source apps available in the web which are very useful for project/business monitoring and measuring organizational performances. He also demonstrated the basic tutorials for Qlik and ODK systems, from downloading/installing of the app to exploring, customizing and analyzing data.
The participants, using their 64-bit laptops and android smartphones, showed excellence in effectively learning and using the systems. They experienced hands-on workshop/tutorial with assistance from the project team. With Qlik, they were able to create personalized forms/reports and dynamic dashboards to explore and appreciate various data and garner meaningful insights. With ODK, they were able to customize their own monitoring forms/questionnaires based on their own organization’s existing project monitoring forms, survey/profiling forms and/or financial data.