PostHeaderIcon Urgent Hiring

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. is in urgent need of the following:
  • Project Coordinator (1)
  • Project Officers (2)
  • Documenter
 
Requirements:
Male or Female
Preferably a Graduate of Bachelor’s/College Degree in Finance, Accountancy, Commerce or any related course
Experience in the related field is an advantage
Computer literate
With good written and verbal communication skills
Organized on work performance with integrity and honesty
Have high motivation, detail-orientation and reliable self-management skills
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Interested applicants may submit their Application Letter, Resume, Transcript of Records and other pertinent documents addressed to:
 
The President & CEO
Mahintana Foundation, Inc.
Cannery Housing, Cannery Site
Polomolok, South Cotabato
Email address: mahintana_mfi@yahoo.com

PostHeaderIcon Awarding of Certificate of Registration and Accreditation to Partner Social Welfare Development Agencies and LGUs in Region XII

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Mahintana Foundation, Inc. was awarded with Certificate of Accreditation for Level II in the Implementation of Community Based Programs and Services for Families and Communities in Region XII in compliance with Republic Act 4373 “An Act to Regulate the Practice of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines and for Other Purposes” on February 20, 2018 at Cinco Niñas, Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

Ms. Liza D. Hora, the Admin Finance Officer of Mahintana, received the award in behalf of the organization.

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PostHeaderIcon 1st Joint PIT-PMT Meeting for Region 12 Areas

RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Team invited the DILG 12 Regional Director, Provincial Directors and the Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) of the eight (8) partner municipalities of phase 1 of the project to the 1st Joint Project Implementation Team- Project Managerment Team (PIT-PMT) Meeting for Region 12 Areas on February 20, 2018 at The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, South Cotabato. There were a total of 15 participants (MALE 9, Female 6) present during the meeting.

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The program started at 9:10 AM with a prayer and introduction of the RESOURCEGov 2 Team and the guests from DILG. The Project Coordinator Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc presented the project overview. Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Operations Manager of Mahintana, discussed the Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS) and the LGU performance results using the system of the 8 partner municipalities of Region 12.  The Provincial Directors from Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani and MLGOOs were informed of the implications of the results of the eight (8) service delivery areas of LGU such as health, support to education, social welfare, governance & response, public works & infrastructure, environment, agriculture and tourism. It was found out that among the 8 areas, the LGU must strengthen the agriculture because Region 12 is known to be an Agricultural Region in the country. CSIS surveys are answered basing on the person’s awareness, availment, satisfaction and perceived importance of each service area.  Moreover, Mr. Tubigon discussed the CSO Participation & LGU Compliance to the Local Budget Process. He said that while CSOs will be given the chance to participate in the Budget Forum and budget hearings, the CSOs can do so much as to monitor the LGU compliance on the budget execution.

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Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, President & CEO of Mahintana, gave the Project Director’s Updates stating that Mahintana is the only organization granted a project by European Union without an international NGO partner. He added that there is another EU-funded project on renewable energy, however, is still pending due to unsigned trade agreement between EU and the Philippine government. He also informed the team about the complementation meeting he had with the EU partners in Mindanao. One of the key agreements was that the organizations must be coordinate and share resources in implementing projects in the same areas. For instance, Mahintana and ACF/Minland agreed to be partners in the ODK/Qlik Training for LGU & CSOs in Arakan Valley Complex. Then, the Project Officer Mr. Byron E. Delandrino shared the Accomplishment Report for 1st Quarter, including the Next Steps for the 2nd quarter and the key agreements during the 1st Joint PIT-PMT Meeting on January 11-12, 2018. The DILG delegates were also informed that the 2nd Joint PIT-PMT Meeting will be on April 6, 2018 at Davao City.

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The meeting ended at 11:45 AM.

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon EU Partners in Mindanao Complementation Meeting

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Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, President & CEO of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) met with Mr. Glen Bais, Mindanao Regional Coordinator of Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PHILDHRRA), Ms. Bai Raizza Anayatin, Executive Director of Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE), Mr. Dam Vertido, Executive Director of Mindanao Land Foundation Inc. (MINLAND), and Mr. Isabelo Julius Caezar Benitez, Project Manager of Action Against Hunger (AAH) on February 18, 2018 at the PHILDHRRA Mindanao Office, Lunar St., Marfori Hts, Davao City.

This meeting was an off-shoot of the groups’ representatives’ discussion during the EU Delegation to the Philippines CSO consultation last February 6, 2018 in Makati City to explore complementation among and between EU-assisted partners in Mindanao. Mahintana, with partners MINCODE and PHILDHRAA, was granted the funds for the RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project, while PHILDHRAA for Consolidating CSO Networks for Citizens’ Engangement Towards Participatory and Accountable Governance for Poverty Alleviation (CCCCE PAG-PR) Project, MINLAND and AAH for RISE CSO-LGU Project.

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The meeting started with the introductions and discussions of the currently EU co-funded projects of the organizations represented by the participants of the meeting. Mahintana, AAH and MINLAND agreed to be partners in the ODK/Qlik Training for LGU and CSOs in Arakan Complex. Mahintana shall provide Resource Persons and AA/MINLAND shall facilitate invitations and accommodation of participants from the North Cotabato Arakan Cluster. Moreover, the partners shall closely coordinate and hsare resources and expertise in training target CSO and LGU beneficiaries in Surigao del Sur where the EU Partners are currently operating.

A learning event regarding the best practices and advocacy of the EU Partners in Mindanao shall be conducted as part of the activities of the incoming MINCODE General Assembly on March 3-4, 2018 in Davao City in a cost-sharing arrangement. The EU Partners agreed to meet on April 5, 2018 at MINLAND Office in Davao City for updating and finalization of the proposed joint activity during the said general assembly. Among other concerns discussed in the meeting are the following: CSO and LGU partnership and improving resource generation, CSO strengthening and capacity building, tax mapping, public financial management, transparency, accountability and participation mechanisms, citizen-led monitoring and evaluation, regional CSO desks and codification of CSO programs and projects.

The meeting started at 10:30 AM and ended at 3:00 PM.

PostHeaderIcon CARE Humanitarian Partnership Platform Capacity Training and ALERT Roll out

Ms. Ella Mae M. Babao of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. represented CSDO-SC in the CARE Humanitarian Partnership Platform Capacity Training and ALERT Roll out on February 6-8, 2018 at N-Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental. The training was participated by nine (9) civil society organizations namely, Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE), Disaster Response Center (DIRECT), Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation, Inc. (MISFI), Bread for Emergency Assistance and Development (BREAD), AL-MUJADILAH Development Foundation (AMDF), Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC), Panday Bulig, Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC) and KADAIT. CSDO-SC is under the umbrella of MINCODE. 20180208_122301

ALERT is “An innovative emergency preparedness system that improves country office preparedness, reduces the burden of preparedness on the country team and increases their ability to respond immediately, effectively and appropriately when a disaster strikes.” The ALERT Project aims to contribute toward the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance by providing the humanitarian community with the technology and guidance to facilitate an increased level of emergency preparedness and maintain their operational preparedness at a consistent and appropriate level. It is one of the key innovation projects under the START Network and is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as part of its Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Programme (DEPP) Portfolio. The ALERT Project is led by the following consortium of organizations: CARE, Concern Worldwide, Handicap International, HelpAge International, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, and Coventry University. Several companies, such as risk management companies and law firms, are providing pro bono technical support to the project.

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The 3-day event is part of the ALERT trial period, where different NGOs were trained and supported to trial and/or integrate the ALERT emergency preparedness system in their organizations. The participants’ takeaways and learnings were the following: gained confidence in the use of ALERT in order to develop and maintain preparedness for effective humanitarian response, learned using the ALERT  Platform in relation to the stages of the emergency preparedness process, identified the elements of their current processes that they may want to adapt, and/or learn how to make the ALERT Platform work for them, started setting up ALERT for their country offices (MINCODE), adding staff members to the Platform and adjusting settings in accordance with country office preferences, and acquired learning thru Tactical Medicine Awareness Training (TMAT) lecture and hands-on activities.

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MINCODE’s Action Plan after the training includes to conduct session on developing Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) for R9, R10, R11, R13, R12 and ARMM, roll out ALERT system (Network User Type) to R9, R11, R10, R12, R13 and ARMM and the finalization of the MINCODE ALERT System.

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PostHeaderIcon Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) Follow-through Installation in Malungon, Sarangani Province

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The RESOURCEGov Team, composed of Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Operations Manager of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Project Officer Mr. Byron E. Delandrino, visited the Municipality of Malungon for the actual Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) installation. It was part of the agreement of Sarangani Province LITS orientation activity held last November 13, 2017 that was attended by seven (7) municipalities from Sarangani that RESOURCEGov team will visit each MLGU for the actual installation of the system.

The team was assisted by Mr. Rexie Brigole, SB Secretary Office IT specialist and their representative during the LITS orientation/workshop. He told the team that they already have an electronic government application system called the Legislative Management Tracking and Information System (LMTIS) developed and installed by LEXSYS Technologies Incorporated. This system costed them around P380,000.00 including consultation and troubleshooting fees. The advantage of their present system is that it can automatically generate agenda and is efficient for tracking while the downside is the complexity of the system. Staff operating the said system should undergo first an intensive training before using it. The installer was also not given to the LGU so that every time the system encounters an issue, the LGU needs to contact the programmer and has to spend additional payment for the consultation fee.  The team first checked the system properties of the computer units about to be installed with LITS and found out that all units’ OS are updated. Mr. Jobe Tubigon suggested to just install the LITS and to compare it to their existing system. Assisted by the team, Mr. Brigole successfully installed the database server and four (4) other client stations for encoding. There was no issue encountered concerning the network connection of the installed units as they are already in a network for their existing tracking system. After the installation, the staff proceeded to explore the system and found out that it is more user – friendly, best suited for archiving and have efficient search engine which they compared to as using internet. The team taught the LGU staff how to add entries and to encode several ordinances and resolutions as they already prepared scanned ordinances and resolutions to be attached. The SB Secretary staff was shown how to back-up files to prevent loss of encoded data in the instance that the system crashes or is infected with virus. The team suggested the staff to save a separate back-up file to external hard drive.

MLGU Malungon is very grateful of the project as the system is given for free. The team also provided contact numbers to the staff if they need further assistance or queries about the system. It was agreed that the RESOURCEGov Team shall be conducted a regular monitoring of the progress of the MLGU in using the system.

 

PostHeaderIcon Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) Follow-through Installation in South Cotabato

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RESOURCEGov Project Officer Mr. Byron E. Delandrino visited the Municipalities of SB Hall Banga, Surallah, Norala and T’boli, South Cotabato Province for the actual Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) installation on February 6 – 8, 2018. The system was successfully installed to the said municipalities during the follow-through installations. The Project Officer (PO) assisted the SB Secretaries and their staff in the installation of main server and client stations for encoding. The respective MLGUs allotted one desktop unit for the main server and several units of laptop and desktop for the encoders.

On February 6, 2018, Mr. Delandrino installed the LITS system in LGU Banga together with the SB Secretary Ms. Juvy G. Bendoval and her staff. It took a while for the team to install the system as the computer units needed Windows update. After the installation, LGU Banga project team encoded entries in the system and installed the LITS to another unit to be used by encoders.

The next day, February 7, 2018, the PO visited LGU Surallah and coordinated with SB secretary Danilo L. Santa Maria for the installation of LITS. The staff encountered several issues concerning the network connections of server and client stations. This was addressed by the PO by disabling the firewall of the database server. The team installed one (1) main server and two (2) client stations after the activity. The project officer then proceeded to the Municipality of Norala and was received by the SB Secretary Mr. Hernando B. Deita. Mr. Deita told the PO that there are only two available computer units for the installation as they are still requesting the budget for the acquisition of additional units. During the installation, an issue arose concerning the slow progress of OS update which sometimes takes 1-2 hours. The Project Officer addressed this issue by restarting the computer at the middle of the update, thus automatically configure the system and instantly update the windows. This was suggested by one of the computer programmers from other LGU formerly installed with LITS. MLGU Norala staff had installed one (1) main server and one (1) client station after the activity.

On February 8, 2018, Mr. Delandrino, in coordination with SB Secretary Ms. Gelen Mangngasang, visited the Municipality of T’boli and assisted the LGU T’Boli team in installing the system. Ms. Mangngasang informed the team that they will be acquiring new computer units for the LITS and suggested to reschedule the installation. However, the PO recommended to continue the installation as the database can be transferred anytime to the new computer units. The staff encoded several ordinances and resolutions as they had already prepared scanned these files beforehand. The project officer then taught the SB Secretary Staff how to back-up files to prevent loss of encoded data in the event that the system crashes. It was suggested to all of the LGU project teams to save a separate back-up file to external hard drive to avoid data losses. The Project Officer was scheduled to visit the MLGU Sto. Nino for LITS installation but the SB Secretary requested to reschedule due to prior committed appointments.

MLGUs were very appreciative of the replication of Legislative Information Tracking System. The project was warmly welcomed by the Legislative Department as this will help them in their legislation tracking and monitoring. It was agreed by participants from all the above municipalities that a regular monitoring of the encoded data to the system shall be conducted by the RESOURCEGov 2 Team to ensure that the system was properly used by the MLGUs.

PostHeaderIcon Mahintana hosts Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting of HEALTH Plus project in Sarangani

40 participants from the Provincial Health Office (PHO), Provincial Accounting Office (PACCO), Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO), Office of the Provincial Governor and 4 public hospitals of Sarangani (Malungon, Glan, Maasim and Kiamba) participates in the TWG meeting of Mahintana’s HEALTH Plus Project held on February 07, 2018 at Kalsangi Club House, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The said meeting, facilitated by PHO of Sarangani, led by Dr. Arvin Alejandro, Provincial Health Officer, opens with presentation of rationale which is to identify gaps and challenges and recommendations leading to and improved effective and efficient delivery of health services to its target clients.2 - Copy (2)

.  Admin Officers, assisted by their Chief of Hospitals, takes the lead in the presentation of accomplishments of their respective hospitals including the comparative hospital admissions and outpatient consultations (2016 & 2017), leading causes of admissions and consultations, factors leading to increase/decrease in hospital admissions, schedules of served and unserved prescriptions and sales of drugs and medicines, PHIC reimbursement status as of 2017, including its Return-To-Hospital (RTH) and reasons for RTH.  Mahintana Foundation, Inc. headed by its President and CEO, Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, also presents the accomplishments of the HEALTH Plus project in 4 hospitals: Malungon Municipal Hospital (MalMH), Maasim Municipal Hospital (MaaMH), Dr. Cornelio Martinez Memorial Hospital (DCMMH) in Kiamba and Glan Medicare Community Hospital (GMCH) since it started in 2014 up to 2017 as to hospital admissions, served and unserved prescriptions, financial performance including its statement of financial condition and schedule of Aging of Accounts Receivables.  Mr. Nol Valila, Branch Manager of PHIC-General Santos City, reports the NBB rate of 4 public hospitals of Sarangani as of 2017 which are all passing rates: MalMH (98.38%), GMCH (99.22%), MaaMH (84.04%), DCMMH (89.30%).

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Mr. Magdolot concludes the meeting with a message thanking the Province of Sarangani in its active partnership in the implementation of HEALTH Plus project, informed the participants that the foundation is willing to provide technical assistance towards an improved inventory management system and delivery of essential drugs, medicines and supplies to its clients. He added that Mahintana, with its newly-approved PhilGEPS Platinum membership, may also partner with the province in bulk procurement, with careful consideration as to its effect in its existing MOA with the Provincial Government.

 

PostHeaderIcon Mahintana Participates in Open Government and Participatory Governance Regional Dialogues – Mindanao Cluster 2

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As one of the active CSOs of Region 12, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., represented by Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Operations Manager, participated in the Regional Dialogues on Open Government and Participatory Governance – Mindanao Cluster 2 on February 6-7, 2018 at Greenleaf Hotel, Gen. Santos City. The objectives of the dialogues include (a) promoting and disseminating information on Open Government Platform (OGP) platform, specially the 4th National Action Plan (NAP), the Participatory Governance Cluster (PGC) and Roadmap, and other participatory governance initiatives of the Duterte Administration; (b) gathering support among local stakeholders in implementing and monitoring the commitments in the 4th NAP; (c) consulting local stakeholders on the content of the PGC Roadmap; (d) providing an avenue for dialogue among LGUs and local CSOs on developing sub-national OGP commitments and plans; and (e) raising awareness on the 2018 National Budget and Comprehensive Tax Reform Package.

This 2-day Mindanao-wide activity was co-organized by the DBM and DILG in collaboration with the DOF, PCOO, OCS, CODE-NGO, PCCI, and Galing Pook Fdn. with support from USAID-FPI program. At least 300 delegates/representatives from the national line agencies, LGUs, CSOs, business sector and media from Regions 11, 12, 13 and ARMM have participated in the dialogues. Notable dignitaries from the national government who graced the event include Sec. Benjamin Diokno of the DBM, Sec. Leoncio Evasco and Asec. Evelyn Cruzada of the Office of Cabinet Secretary (OCS), Usec. Austere Panadero of the DILG, Asec. Kris Ablan of the PCOO, and Asec. Ma. Teresa Habitan of the DOF. Other dignitaries include Dir. Rolando Toledo and Ms. Marianne Fabian of the DBM, Ms. Andrea Maria Patricia of MINCODE and Dir. Arnelyn Abdon of the DOF.

On the first day of the activity, Sec. Benjamin Diokno of the DBM delivered the keynote address highlighting the open government/transparency initiatives and pro-poor budget and priorities of the Duterte Administration. He was proud to announce that the Philippines ranks First in Asia for Budget Transparency according to Open Budget Survey 2017. He also stressed that the 2018 National Budget is a budget that reforms and transforms. Ms. Marianne Fabian of the DBM presented the overview of the Open Government Partnership and the Participatory Governance Cluster (PGC) while Ms. Andrea Maria Patricia of MINCODE shared the results of the 2016 Philippine CSO Sustainability Index which aimed to deepen the understanding of CSOs.

Sec. Leoncio Evasco of the OCS shared the purpose, legal frameworks and priority initiatives of the Participatory Governance Cluster of the Cabinet while Asec. Evelyn Cruzada of the OCS presented the Hotline 8888, a feedback/complaint and/or anti-corruption mechanism of the government. Usec. Austere Panadero of the DILG presented a topic on shaping good local government agenda via CSO engagement. He shared results of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) including the access to its financial incentive, the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF). Asec. Kris Ablan of the PCOO shared the salient features and exceptions of the Freedom of the Information (FOI) program.

During the Talakayan Session, select LGUs presented their Exemplary Open Government Practices. Mayor Ronnel River of Gen. Santos City shared the city’s LIKAY Droga Program while Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes of South Cotabato presented and highlighted the 6-point development/good governance agenda of the province. These 6-point agenda include (1) value chain approach to agriculture, tourism and economic growth, (2) integrated rural-urban accessibility approaches to infrastructure development, (3) biodiversity conservation and ridge-to-reef approaches to environment and natural resources management, (4) disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation strategies, (5) convergence approached in the responsive delivery of social services, and (6) good governance measures and initiatives. On the performance of these development agenda, Gov. Fuentes highlighted the PLGU’s partnership with Mahintana, particularly on HealthPlus, Ridge-to-Reef (R2R), integrity circle, and convergence programs where Mahintana has been instrumental in its successes.

On the second day, Dir. Rolando Toledo of the DBM provided the overview of the 2018 National Budget and the Budget Reform Bill while Dir. Arnelyn Abdon of the DOF presented the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act. Asec. Ma. Teresa Habitan of the DOF provided the overview of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Package 2 of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program during the special session for business and LGUs.

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