RESOURCEGov Project Conducts CSO Profiling in Region 12 in Preparation for the Call for Accreditation

As one of the follow-through activities for CSO interventions, RESOURCEGov Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc visited the Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs), Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Secretaries and CSO Desk Officers of the eight existing LGUs of Region 12 namely: Malapatan and Maasim (Sarangani), Lake Sebu and Tampakan (South Cotabato), Lambayong and Pres. Quirino (Sultan Kudarat), and Aleosan and Libungan (North Cotabato) to inquire about the CSO accreditation requirements per municipality. The documenter also acquired the lists of the accredited CSOs for the project to contact them one by one with the aim to assess their needs and provide technical assistance before the call for accreditation. The activity was participated by 46 participants (Male 12, Female 34) from the LGUs.

SOLARES Project Orientation, MOA/MOU Signing and Project Inception/Planning Workshop

As part of the preparatory activities and to establish a common understanding and commitment from project partners and beneficiaries, the EU-funded SOLARES project conducted a Project Orientation and MOA/MOU Signing on May 30, 2019 held at Avior Hotel, Santiago Blvd., General Santos City. The event was graced by key actors in the energy sector (Dole Philippines, Inc., Peace and Equity Foundation, Inc., SUKELCO, SOCOTECO II) and the Microfinance Institutions (PAMULCO, KIMEMCO, KPS-Seed MFI, Sta. Cruz MPC, Bacbacan MPC). Over 100 participants were present including Brgy. Captains and top officials & representatives from partner LGUs and Brgys. in Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani areas.

The activity was an avenue to update the project partners/beneficiaries on the status/progress of the project especially on some changes of the project proposal and budget (i.e. change in SHS technical design/specs, project sites, implementation arrangements, etc.).  The program preliminaries included the project overview presentation delivered by the SOLARES Project Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon and messages of support from key stakeholders and partners. Governor Steve Chlongbian-Solon of Sarangani Province also graced the event and verbalized his commitment and support for the implementation of the project.

The ceremonious signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)/Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) followed afterwards which aims to gain/secure commitment from project partners and to ensure effective and sustainable implementation of the project. The signatories were Dolefil’s VP & Managing Director Mr. Randy Fleming, PEF Executive Director Mr. Robert Calingo, Mahintana President & CEO Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, SUKELCO BOD President Mr. David Batayola & SOCOTECO II BOD President Mr. Jose Santos. This intimate gathering ended with a brief networking and socialization among the guests and participants.

The Project Orientation also consist of a 2-day Project Inception/Planning Workshop on May 30-31, 2019, held right after the MOA/MOU Signing event. The workshop brought together the SOLARES project management/implementation team from Mahintana and PEF together with ECs SUKELCO & SOCOTECO 2 and five (5) Microfinance Institutions represented by their Chairperson, Manager and Bookkeeper/Finance Officer to further discuss about the project deliverables and expected outcomes.

More specifically, the workshop provided an opportunity for all potential partners to review & assess project timelines of the planned activities, especially on the technical design, implementation arrangements and strategies on SHS eletrification and livelihood components and to develop an action plan for the key activities.

RESOURCEGov Trains BLGF and Selected Local Treasurers of Region 12

RESOURCEGov Project Team conducted a 2-day training to the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) and selected municipal treasurers of Region 12 on May 22-23, 2019 at the FB Hotel and Convention Center, Koronadal City. This is one of the networking and linkaging actions of the project with the government agencies to popularize the use of the systems in the region. The activity was participated by 43 (Male 16, Female 27) attendees including the BLGF 12, municipal treasurers, their staff and the project team. BLGF is the office to which the municipal treasurer’s offices submit their Statement of Receipts and Expenditures (SREs), the data to which the RESOURCEGov project will gauge the increase of the local revenue collection of its project areas.

BLGF Activing Regional Director Mr. Jeany Tedera expressed his gratitude to Mahintana, through the project, in rolling out such useful tools for the agency, as well as, the treasurer’s offices. He shared that it will not only help them analyze the trend of the collections but also help them forecast collections in the next 5 years. Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc and Project Officer Mr. Kurt Jurgen Von D. Lumbao facilitated the training in behalf of Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker. The participants were able to generate ODK-based business mapping forms and generated Qlik graphs of their respective municipalities’ SREs which they presented at the end of the workshop. The BLGF and treasurers appreciated the systems and committed to utilize the tools for their own convenience. BLGF said that this is just the first leg of the many trainings and partnerships with Mahintana.

The Stone Dike Technology: Innovation that Helps Mitigate Soil Erosion in the Gullies

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., continues to think outside the box in the conservation, preservation and protection of the environment particularly around the Mt. Matutum Protective Landscape (MMPL). To mitigate the soil erosion that usually occur in the plantation gullies, the organization innovated a technology that uses indigenous materials found in the locality such as large rocks, used fishnets from the fishing industries in General Santos City, and malabago trees, thus, the birth of the stone dike technology. The technology was purposely constructed in scoured gully banks to prevent their further damage.

The ceremonial construction of the stone dike was conducted on August 10, 2018 at Gully 116A/101C, Upper Klinan, Polomolok, South Cotabato as one of the activities of the 41st anniversary celebration of Mahintana and SRC. From its construction to present, the stone dikes were able to allow sedimentation that increased the vegetation around the dikes and stabilized the gully banks by protecting them from further scouring. Other stone dikes were constructed in 110A/109C Cannery and 113C/112B/113B Polo.

RESOURCEGov orients the BLGF 12 about the Project

RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker oriented the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) 12 about the project to forge a partnership with the said government agency on May 17, 2019 at BLGF Office, Koronadal City. It was attended by the 14 participants (Male 9, Female 5) including the BLGF 12 Acting Regional Director Mr. Jeany T. Tedera and his staff.

BLGF, being the source of the Statement of Receipts and Expenditures (SREs), Mr. Blanker focused the presentation of the use of Qlik System that can generate interactive graphs and data visualizations. Seeing the Qlik-generated graphs using the SRE data from the said office, Mr. Tedera expressed his interest to adopt the system and shared that he has heard of Qlik through the Municipal Treasurer’s Office of Lake Sebu. Mr. Blanker suggested that the data collection from each LGU in the region can be done through the use of ODK.

RESOURCEGov trains the DILG-PDMU R12 on ODK and Qlik

DILG 12, the associate partner of RESOURCEGov Project, requested the project team to conduct the ODK and Qlik Systems for the Project Development Management Unit (PDMU) on May 15-16, 2019 at the DILG 12 Conference Room, Regional Center, Koronadal City. The 2-day activity was attended by 30 (Male 20, Female 10) composed of personnel from various programs and projects handled by DILG such as Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG), Assistance to Municipalities (AM), Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CGMP) and Performance Challenge Fund (PCF).  

Project Roel Ian P. Blanker facilitated the training on the monitoring tool ODK on the 1st day where participants were able make their ODK-based project monitoring forms. Impressed as the system can readily consolidate the data after collection, the PDMU staff expressed their excitement to use the ODK in their project monitoring activities. On the other hand, the participants appreciated the Qlik System as an interactive data visualization tool for the data collected from ODK. The PDMU was able to present their outputs after the workshops.

SOLARES ODK Profiling of potential Member-Consumers in Maasim, Sarangani

As part of the EU-funded SOLARES project’s social preparation, a survey/profiling for each of the 5,000 off-grid households in 50 target barangays shall be conducted to validate and establish the individual socio-economic profile, the willingness to participate in the project, and capacity to pay of the potential household beneficiaries. The survey results will serve as baselines to measure future project impact at the household/community level and to help determine/map out the actual location/coordinates of the potential household beneficiaries.

On May 2-14, 2019, the SOLARES project team conducted the ODK profiling in its target benefeciaries in 11 Brgys. in Maasim, Sarangani Province namely: (a) Kablacan; (b) Bales; (c) Lumasal; (d) Amsipit; (e) Kamanga; (f) Daliao; (g) Kanalo; (h) Pananag; (I) Lumatil; (j) Colon; and (k) Nomoh.

Prior the actual profiling, the project team together with nine (9) enumerators conduct Brgy. Courtesy Calls to the Sitio/Purok Leaders to inform them of the purpose of the activity & to allow the team to conduct profiling. Every enumerator received an umbrella and powerbank which they can use as they will be profiling scattered or distant households using android tablets.

The enumerators were residents in Maasim, Sarangani and were all familiar with the local conditions, the people, and cultural sensitivities of the target areas. For 13 consecutive days, they were able to endure the scorching heat and trekked arduous areas, typically on foot & motorcycle and profiled a total of 733 households. Please refer to the table below for the total number of of households profiled per Barangay.

Name of BarangayTotal # of Households Profiled
Kablcan144
Bales 127
Lumasal 119
Amsipit78
Kamanga71
Daliao51
Kanalo26
Pananag23
Lumatil16
Colon1
Nomoh 77
TOTAL733

Mahintana attends the Europe Day Celebration

The Mahintana Foundation, spearheaded by Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, the President & CEO graced the Europe Day Celebration held at Dusit Thani Manila, Makati, Philippines on May 9, 2019. Joining him are Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon and Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, the managers of the EU-funded projects of the organization and also Ms. Jean Jumilla, one of the project’s Admin and Finance Officer and Mahintana’s Accountant. The Europe Day marks the birthday of EU, a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The event highlights the friendship and partnership of the EU and the Philippines that was attended by various government officials, civil society organizations, embassies, and EU officers & staff. This also served as an avenue for organizations involved with EU to get to know each other and exchange contacts for possible collaborations. The Europe day is also celebrated worldwide thru its delegation offices.

SOLARES Consultation Meeting with SUKELCO, SOCOTECO II & Dole Philippines, Inc.

To ensure that the Solar Home System (SHS) technical design and other implementation/procurement arrangements will be effectively and efficiently carried out, the Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) project facilitated a Consultation Meeting on May 3, 2019 held at Dole Kalsangi Clubhouse, Polomolok, South Cotabato. In attendance were members/management staff from Electric Coops’ SUKELCO and SOCOTECO II. Also present were Dolefil’s Directors Atty. Renato N. Alvarez and Mr. Yohei Kagikawa and DPO Manager Wilson A. Peria.  Mahintana sought the expertise of the ECs as they have experiences in implementing ASEP’s PVM Window 1 Project.

Project Manager Jobe C. Tubigon presented the SOLARES project overview, objectives, expected impact & outcomes, the SHS package and Procurement and installation timeline. His presentation also included the composition and functions of different groups such as the Technical Working Group, Technical & Financial team and the Advisory group. Additional members were added to ensure that the preparation, review & evaluation of bid documents will be in accordance to EU’s procurement standards and requirements.

The demonstration of the SHS technical specifications followed afterwards. Engr. Jay Amiel Ajoc explained the system functions, battery capacity and the load vending management scheme.

Currently, the project is conducting profiling, validation and social marketing while waiting for EU’s approval of the amendments of the contract particularly on change of SHS technical design/specs, project sites, and budget reallocation. Once approved, the posting/publication of bidding documents will follow. The group were able to share their suggestions and views to ensure that the right implementation/procurement arrangements & mechanisms will be applied.

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Peace and Equity Foundation, Electric Coops’ SUKELCO and SOCOTECO II is implementing the EU-funded SOLARES project for 3 years.

RESOURCEGov monitors the OGP Commitments of South Cotabato

The RESOURCEGov 2 Project convened with its Provincial LGU counterparts in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitments of South Cotabato on April 30, 2019. Held at the Provincial Planning and Development Office – South Cotabato, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, the RESOURCEGov2 Project Manager facilitated the updating of Open Monitoring & Evaluation commitment. A total of 9 individuals (5 Male, 4 Female) attended the activity.

The team accomplished the following: updating of the ODK-based project monitoring forms of the province, linked the PPMC monitoring results to the RESOURCEGov 2 ODK account, integrated the website recommendations of the South Cotabato Integrity Circle, developed an ODK-based citizen satisfaction and feedback form, patterned the feedback form based on the feedback requirement of the DevLive app, and updated the official provincial government website of South Cotabato together with the Public Information Office (PIO). Aside from meeting the OGP Commitments, this activity is also a preparation to the regular meeting of the Provincial Project Monitoring Committee of South Cotabato on May 2, 2019 where Mahintana, through the project, provides technical assistance. As to date, the LITS has been installed and there is a pending staff orientation about the system due to elections. Aside from the LITS, the team agreed to schedule the setup of the livestream SP sessions as one of the deliverables of the Open Legislation commitment.