PostHeaderIcon HEALTH Plus conducts 3rd Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting with Polomolok Municipal Hospital representatives

To discuss project updates, accomplishments and address gaps and challenges on the operations of HEALTH Plus Shop-in-a-Shop (HPSiS) in Polomolok Municipal Hospital (PMH), HEALTH Plus project implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) hosts the 3rd TWG meeting on June 20, 2018 with 4 representatives from PMH headed by its Chief of Hospital, Dr. Graciano P. Vencer and 4 representatives from MFI headed by HEALTH Plus Supply Chain Officer, Mr. Nolimar G. Abesar. PMH 1

Ms Normelita Lauron, Project Bookkeeper, presented the project accomplishments as of May 31, 2018 such as served and unserved prescription of the hospital, of which 82% were served by hospital and remaining percentage (18%) was served by HPSiS. Dr Vencer expressed his sincere gratitude to the project in complementing hospital’s unserved prescriptions and in assisting them in complying with Philhealth’s No Billing Balance (NBB) policy. He added that as per his observation, financial of performance of HPSiS for this year was an exact opposite of its financial performance last year. He concluded that this is a continuing learning experience for the hospital to improve their operations by increasing their budget for drugs, medicines and supplies.pmh 2The project’s aging of receivables was also presented which has improved compared to last year through the interdependence of staff and constant and active communication between and among partners on resolving gaps and challenges. At the end of the meeting, it was agreed for HPSiS to package an admission kit for patients, chargeable to Philhealth reimbursement as supplies, and to assist the hospital in fabrication of visible signage of the hospital for promotion and awareness.

PostHeaderIcon “Mahintana supports Integrated Provincial Health Office of Sarangani in its “Tutok Buntis” in Poblacion, Maasim”

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI), through its HEALTH Plus Project, actively participates in “Tutok Buntis” a health event initiated by Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), headed by Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Arvin Alejandro, in coordination with the Local Government of Maasim, headed by Acting Mayor Hon. Uttoh Salem Cutan, through the Rural Health Unit (RHU). The health event, held on June 19, 2018 at Poblacion, Maasim, Sarangani, benefits 137 pregnant mothers with hemoglobin tests and blood typing, one-on-one counseling and Olyset nets, insecticide-treated nets protecting individuals from biting mosquitoes and getting infected of dengue or malaria, provided by Department of Health (DOH).Tutok buntis 1

The HEALTH Plus project, with the assistance from is partner-suppliers such as National Pharmaceutical Foundation (NPF), MBE Pharma, Berovan, Innogen, Sannovex, Euromed, Natrapharm, Multicare and Medprix, distributes 100 pregnancy kits, comprised of toothbrush, toothpaste, vitamins, soap, alcohol, adult and baby diapers and bathroom tissue, to first 100 pregnant mothers who attended the event. The project also benefits at least 200 individuals (pregnant and non-pregnant mothers and children) through nutritional feeding.Tutok buntis 2

The “Tutok Buntis” is a health event conducted by IPHO of Sarangani in coordination with the Local Government, through the RHU, to provide health services to pregnant mothers such as laboratory and diagnostic services, pre-natal, health education and promotion, one-on-one counseling and distribution of Olyset nets and pregnancy kits in active coordination with other development players in the area.

PostHeaderIcon Mahintana conducts Courtesy Visit and Presentation of 3-year accomplishments of HEALTH Plus project in Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital

35461934_1932674816784102_4640012066478882816_nMahintana Foundation, Inc., through the HEALTH Plus Project, facilitated a Courtesy Visit with Hon. Ronnel Rivera, City Mayor of General Santos on June 14, 2018, at his office in City Hall, to present the 3-year accomplishments of HEALTH Plus Shop-in-a-Shop (HPSiS) in Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital (DJPRH) and the identified gaps and challenges of its implementation.  The activity was attended by Hon. Rosalita P. Nu?ez, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Chairperson on Health, Ms. Rhesababes Sumalpong, City Accountant, Mr. John Quimosing, City Budget Officer, Mr. Rodilon Lacap, City Treasurer, Mr. Glennville Gonzalez, DJPRH administrator and Mahintana representatives headed by Ms. Liza D. Hora, Admin and Finance Officer, Ms. Margie S. Managuit, HEALTH Plus Project Manager and Ms. Jea Roque, Licensed Pharmacist. 35522820_1932674853450765_3346446304371802112_n The meeting immediately started with the presentation of history & background, objectives, milestones and accomplishments of the project and its project experience in South Cotabato and Sarangani and in General Santos City, facilitated by Ms. Managuit, ably assisted by Ms. Hora.  Ms. Managuit also emphasized the gaps and challenges of the project in DJPRH including the differing policy interpretations which led to delayed collection of receivables. Ms. Hora acknowledged the accomplishments and active partnership of both the City Government and MFI with the HEALTH Plus project implementation, however, this is greatly affected by some gaps and challenges that have arisen as a result of sudden surge of transactions of HPSiS on the previous year.35514130_1932673816784202_8982304168299462656_nShe stated that DJPRH was not yet able to process the payment for 2018 receivables of HPSiS pending the crafting and approval of an ordinance on the proper utilization of Revolving Fund for such purpose.  Hon. Nu?ez committed to fastrack the crafting and approval of such ordinance as this will be passed and approved under her committee. Hon. Rivera, on the other hand, expressed his concern on the decreasing PHIC’s NBB compliance rate of DJPRH. He instructed Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Chairperson and City Budget Officer, Mr. John Quimosing to also fastrack processing of procurement as this is the major factor for the stock-outs and unavailability of drugs, medicines and supplies at the hospital pharmacy level which further led to decreased NBB rate. He added to also fastrack payment for Mahintana as this may also cause stock-outs at HPSiS level.


PostHeaderIcon PTFK Conducts TOT on ARH, Responsible Parenting, and Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases

Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) Project conducted Training of Trainers (TOT) for the 18 active and committed Health Education and Promotion Officers (HEPO) of the five (5) partner cooperatives namely: Polomolok Manpower Services Coop (PMSC), Cannery Multi Purpose Coop (CAMPCO), Fortitude Ability and Resiliency in Business (FARB), Unified Engineering Works Multi Purpose Coop (UEWMPC) and Tibud sa Katibawasan Multi Purpose Coop (TSKMPC) on Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH), Responsible Parenthood,  and Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases May 15-16, 2018 at The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City. This training was initiated due to the demand to have an updated information and inputs on the definition, transmission and prevention of the health-related concerns and to effectively educate the workers of the cooperative and the people in the community.


Ms. Liza Hora, Admin and Finance Officer of Mahinatan Foundation, Inc. gave the welcome remarks and the Overview of the training being the organizer of the event. Moreover, with the support given by the Local Government Unit, Department of Health Region XII and Dole

Philippines, Inc., Mr. Jessie Cercado, Development Management Officer II and DOH Representative    , showed support by giving his inspiration message of the participants to continue on their advocacy in promoting healthy lifestyle and be an aid to educating their co-workers and the people in the community. The Province of South Cotabato provided resource speakers of the abovementioned topics from Integrated Provincial Hospital.

The training was composed of five (5) Modules incorporating the essential inputs from the topics and the resource speakers: 1) Non Communicable Diseases – Ms. Ivy Joy Gallinero; 2) Communicable Diseases – Mr. John Arlo Codilla and Mr. Jose Baroquillo; 3) Responsible Parenthood – Ms. Melanie Chiva; 4) Adolescent Reproductive Health – Mr. Ralph Janiola; and 5) Development of Action Plan       – Ms. Liza Hora.


At the end of the two-day session, the participants were enlightened on their direction towards disseminating information and sustaining initiatives on promoting health and wellness. They were given certificate of participation as evidence of their 2-day active participation and interaction on the training of trainers.


PostHeaderIcon LITS Monitoring and Troubleshooting in LGU T’boli

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Project Officers Mr. Byron E. Delandrino and Kurt Jurgen Von D. Lumbao visited the Municipality of T’boli for the monitoring and troubleshooting of the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) on May 29, 2018.

The LITS was already installed during the visit on February 6, 2018. Since then, the staff using the system already encoded resolutions, ordinances and minutes to the system. As of the present date, the SB Secretary staff encoded around 150 ordinances ranging from years 1991 to 2017 and 221 resolutions from 2015 to 2017. However, some of entries cannot be searched using the LITS search tool. The LGU requested for the RESOURCEGov project officers to look into the problem. The officers found out the following: a) most of the encoded entries were only drafts and necessary data for search feature were not provided; and b) the files attached were JPEG instead of PDF format (the system supports only PDF format files). The project officers then updated the OS of the database servers, backed up the encoded data and loaded it to the new database, client stations were reconnected to the new server, and taught the staff how to save drafts using indexing for those entries that are still in the first reading. After converting of the JPEG files to PDF format, the team tested and successfully searched the entries.

At the end of the monitoring and troubleshooting activity, it was agreed that all attached JPEG files should be replaced with PDF format. Also, to start completing the necessary data to draft entries for the features of the system to work. Thirdly, to present the LITS and the accomplished encoded entries during the regular or special session of the Sanggunian.

PostHeaderIcon RESOURCEGov Team Conducts Training for CSOs of Maasim and Malapatan

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RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project Team conducted CSO Participation to Local Budget Process and CSO Desk Strengthening/CSO Accreditation Training for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Municipalities of Maasim and Malapatan, Saranggani Province on May 24-25, 2018 at Mt. Sabrina Panoramic View and Resort Incorporated, Tambler, General Santos City. It was joined by 57 participants (Male 36, Female 20) including the 4 team members.

This is the last leg of the series of two-day trainings to capacitate the CSOs to actively participate to the local budget process and the accreditation process. During the introduction, when Ms. Marie Nisa Suib introduced herself she raised a tag line of Malapatan like when she said “Malapatan” her co-participants from the municipality answered “Mapia Gid!” and same with Ms. Josephine Solidad, their tagline was “Maasenso Maasim”. Both municipalities are aware of the CSOs’ participation because almost of the CSOs are accredited and invited by Mahintana in Phase 1. Ms. Lala Lumatao, representative of the budget officer of LGU Maasim, inspired everyone to support the project. LGOO IV Mr. Ian Jon Clemente was the resource speaker for the Accreditation Process and Atty. Libertine Cagang discussed the Participation of CSOs to the Local Budget Process. In the course of discussion, questions were raised regarding the appropriation of the budget.  The CSOs were given time to convene and discuss about their next steps. Both CSO networks requested for Lakbay Aral as learning exchange between the two (2) municipalities.

PostHeaderIcon CSOs from R.T.R., Agusan del Norte and Tago, Surigao del Sur admit to have just learned but appreciated their roles in the local budget process

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As part of the roll-out activities of the 3-year EU-funded RESOURCEGov 2 Project, a roll-out training on CSO participation to local budget process/CSO accreditation was conducted on May 23-24, 2018 at La Entrada, Britania, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. The 2-day activity was participated by at least 37 key officers of the 20 CSOs of Remedios T. Romualdez (RTR), Agusan del Norte and Tago, Surigao del Sur. The objectives of the activity were for CSOs/LGUs to (a) understand the different phases of the local budget process, (b) appreciate their emerging roles in the various phases of the local budget process; and (c) utilize the emerging tools (ODK) for budget/project monitoring including LGU compliance to local budget process. Mr. Glenn Bais and Ms. Imelda Gamonez, Executive Director and Point Person of PhilDHRAA, Ms. Myra G. Macla, Project Officer of MINCODE, and Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Program Manager of Mahintana facilitated the activity. Hon. Rogelio M. Pimentel, Mayor of Tago, Ms. Marichelle Gultiano, MLGOO of Tago, Ms. Melchora Grana, MLGOO of RTR, and Ms. Olivet May B. Gumbao, Mun. Budget Officer of RTR served as the resource persons.

Mayor Rogelio M. Pimentel welcomed the participants and thanked the project for choosing their LGU/s as replication areas during the opening sessions He acknowledged the vital roles of CSOs in local governance and asked the CSOs to effectively implement and sustain the projects provided by the government. Mr. Tubigon presented the project overview including the rationale, objectives, framework, key interventions, project management structure, budget and results of the RESOURCEGov Phase 1 project. One by one, he demonstrated each of the 5 key interventions of the RESOURCEGov 2 project which include (1) ODK-based tax mapping/business inventory system, (2) ODK-based project/budget monitoring system, (3) legislative information tracking system, (4) LGU performance monitoring through Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS), and (5) CSO participation and LGU compliance to local budget process.

Ms. Grana, MLGOO of RTR, shared the CSO accreditation process including the, requirements, timelines and its importance in CSO participation to local special bodies. She stressed that in order for CSOs to participate in the local special bodies/local budget process they should be accredited by the LGUs/SBs. Ms. Gultiano, MLGOO of Tago, presented the roles of CSOs in the local special bodies/local development councils. She said, once the CSOs are accredited by the LGUs/SBs, they can participate and select among themselves who will represent in the LGC-mandated councils such as the local development council (LDC), local health board (LHB), local school board (LSB), local peace and order council (LPOC) and local bids and awards committee (BAC).

Ms. Gumbao, Mun. Budget Officer of RTR, discussed the different phases and roles of CSOs in the local budget in order for them to have a meaningful participation in the local special bodies/development councils, especially in budgeting/investment programming. One-by-one, she presented each of the 5 phases of the local budget process (Preparation, Authorization, Review, Execution and Accountability) and the 18 steps/activities where the roles of the CSOs and LGUs have been laid out in details in each of the steps/activities  In order to ensure open/transparent, technology-based and real-time monitoring of budgets/ projects, Mr. Tubigon then introduced and demonstrated to the participating CSOs the use of emerging tools such as Open Data Kit (ODK) in project monitoring/budget tracking. He stressed that the said monitoring tool is user friendly and cost effective as it reduces costs normally incurred in a paper-based monitoring and can be used by any non-programmers and without internet connection.

After the presentations and demonstrations, all the CSOs admitted that it was their first time to learn and see in details their roles in the local budget process as laid out in the handbook on CSO Participation in the Local Budget Process (published by EU-funded LGU-PFM2 project). They acknowledged that while they have been participating in the activities of the LGUs, they were not aware of their roles in the local budget process as clearly as stated in the handbook. It was also their first time to see a transparent and participatory monitoring system using user friendly technology (ODK). According to the CSOs, with the new knowledge and skills they gained from the training they are confident now that they can meaningfully participate in planning, budgeting and monitoring of budgets/project of their respective LGUs.


PostHeaderIcon RESOURCEGov Team Conducts Training for CSOs of Aleosan and Libungan

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RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project Team conducted CSO Participation to Local Budget Process and CSO Desk Strengthening/CSO Accreditation Training for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Aleosan and Libungan, North Cotabato on May 21-22, 2018 at Elai Resort, Hotel and Recreation Center, Kidapawan City. It was joined by 47 participants (Male 26, Female 20) including the five (5) team members.

The two-day training is one of the five (5) interventions of the phase 2 of the project. It aims to capacitate the civil society organizations on how to participate to the local budget process and increase their knowledge about CSO accreditation process. Resource speakers invited were Mr. Ian Jon Clemente, LGOO VI from DILG and Atty. Libertine Cagang, ARD of DBM. Open forums were conducted during and after the discussion of the topics, thus, clarifications and questions were made regarding the said topics. Half of the participants were the same CSOs tapped in the 1st phase of the project, thus, most of them are aware of their participation to the local budget process. Also, they were able to answer the questions during the recap of the previous topic. The CSOs were also given time to convene for their next steps including the technical assistance they need for capacity development. Mr. Honorio Dillbert Ducao, III, Budget Officer from Libungan, expressed his gratitude to the project and encouraged the CSOs to apply the learnings, as well as, to strengthen their participation to their LGUs.


Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian Blanker and Mr. Kur Jurgen Von Lumbao also paid a visit to the office of DILG Provincial Director Mr. Ali Abdullah for updating of project implementation in the Province of North Cotabato.



PostHeaderIcon LITS Training to Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Staff of General Santos City

pageThe SP Staff of Gensan, thru the initiative of the Office of the Vice-Mayor underwent a training on the use of Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) on May 23-24, 2018 at the SP Session Hall of LGU General Santos City.

The training, participated by at least 45 legislative staff and facilitated by the Office of the Vice-Mayor and their IT Department spearheaded by Hon. Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles, equipped the staff with knowledge on the benefits of using the LITS in their office and shared the roles of the departments on the first day. Furthermore, to give more information about the basic functions and features of the LITS system, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, the RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager, was invited to do a walkthrough of the system while entertaining clarifications of the system usage from the audience in the afternoon. On the second day, the participants experienced a hands-on activity using the system, such as encoding master list of members, categories, forums, and sample ordinances among others. City Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles concluded the activity with the awarding of certificates of participation and a message encouraging all employees to engage in using the system to further improve the performance of the SP Office and in delivering its services to the public.

The LITS, a system rolled out by the RESOURCEGov 2 Project which is funded by the European Union, is already installed in the SP office of LGU General Santos City and is now accessible across its various departments through a wireless network.

PostHeaderIcon PTFK-ARH Conducts Training of Trainers on Learning Package on Parent Education on Adolescent Health and Development

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Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan-Adolescent Reproductive Health Program in partnership with Dole Philippines and Local Government Unit through Mahintana Foundation, Inc. conducted Training of Trainers on Learning Package on Parent Education on Adolescent Health and Development to the ARH Advocates and Principals of the 10 partner public secondary high school on May 21-22, 2018 at CCT-Retreat and Training Center, Sitio Lao, Brgy. Nagpan, Malungon, Sarangani Province.

The two-day ToT was graced by the President and CEO of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot and three (3) Resource Speakers from the Provincial Population Commission namely, Ms. Melanie Chiva, Ms. Vanessa Pamplona and Ms. Crispy Arves.

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At the end of the training, the ARH Coordinators and Advocates submitted activity plan schedules of each school of the roll-out of the same training.

The ToT’s objectives are the following: to undertake parents’ education program on adolescent responsible sexuality; to provide age-appropriate, values laden and rights based (right to protection, development and participation) information, education and counseling services (at home, in-school, out-of-school, workplaces and other settings; to conduct training for youth on life skills and fertility awareness; to capacitate programs implementers and advocates as program partners; to equip the parents and educate them with the necessary knowledge on sexuality and other health related concerns of adolescents and skills on communicating such concerns to their children; and to highlight the role of parents as primary source of accurate and sound information on adolescent health and development including ASRH.

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