Project Team orients Glan BLGUs

In partnership with the Sarangani Vice Governor’s Office (VGO), the RESOURCEGov 2 Project Team, composed of Project Officer Mr. Jan Solomon B. Edrozo and Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc, oriented the barangay captains and their staff about the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) during the Liga ng mga Barangay Meeting on September 19, 2019 at Liga ng Barangay Hall, DILG Office, Glan, Sarangani Province. There were 25 participants (Male 20, Female 5) who were present during the LITS orientation. The initiative to roll out the system to the barangays other than Malapatan and Maasim is of the Sarangani VGOs who are also developing local experts for the system. The VGO intends to start rolling out the LITS to the BLGUs in 2020.

Before the orientation, the BGO and the project team conducted a courtesy visit to the Glan Mun. Mayor Hon. Vivien Yap, M.D. to inform her of the activity and intention of the VGO. Mr. Edrozo presented a short overview of the project particularly the LITS to inform the barangay chief executives of the benefits of adopting the system. Ms. Patoc enforced the presentation by saying that the system is given out for free and that their respective secretaries will be oriented on how to use the LITS. After the orientation, the barangay secretaries presented their laptops to be installed with the system. However, only one out of 10 units was installed with LITS on the same day. As agreed with the Vice Governor’s staff, the next installation will be done on the Liga ng mga Barangay Meeting on November 2019.

AF-Mindanao facilitates Communication Workshop

The Association of Foundations (AF) – Mindanao, together with Evident PH, facilitated the Communication Capacity Development Workshop on September 10-11, 2019 at Avior Hotel, Santiago Blvd., General Santos City for AF member and non-member organizations. It was attended by 25 participants from 12 different organizations in Mindanao. Mahintana staff who joined the workshop were Ms. Lorielyn Patoc from RESOURCEGov2 Project, Mr. Dhan Jaycle Diolanto and Ms. Rochelle Juevesano from the SOLARES Project.

For Day 1, the topics focused on the role of non-government organizations, communication models and communication theories, value of communication in development activities and projects, project analysis, GOST, stakeholders, and creating an Outcome House. Day 2 was further specific to creative communications for development projects, writing for stakeholders, using visuals, and basics of photography and videography. Outcomes were emailed to the Evident advocacy team for review and feedback.

EU Philippines features the South Cotabato ODK-based Monitoring

The RESOURCEGov Project was again featured in the European Union of the Philippines Facebook page on September 9, 2019 with the hashtag Cooperation Highlight. As read in the post, the EU Philippines has deemed the cooperation initiative of the project with the local government units. Mr. Cris Fuentes, Provincial Project Officer, was featured in the post sating the ODK and its benefits of using the system in the faster data collection and consolidation leading to more efficient work accomplishments. The post will be accessed through the link: https://www.facebook.com/EUDelegationToThePhilippines/posts/2260918590697818

As one of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Program initiatives of the Provincial Government of South Cotabato, the ODK-based project monitoring is being implemented in various departments of the PLGU especially in the Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC).

RESOURCEGov Team trains LGU T’Boli with ODK-based Mapping and Qlik Analysis

The RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project Team, led by it Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, facilitated the ODK and Qlik Training for Business Tax Mapping in LGU T’Boli, South Cotabato on September 3-4, 2019 at LGU T’Boli Conference Hall. It was attended by 28 participants (Male 14, Female 14), 25 of which came from the Municipal Treasurer’s Office (MTO), Municipal Assessor’s Office (MASSO), Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Tourism Office, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO), Municipal Engineering Office (MEO) and Market Operations Office. The training, facilitated by Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, Project Officer Mr. Jan Solomon B. Edrozo, and Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc, aims to help the LGU T’Boli acquire skills and knowledge on ODK-based business tax mapping as mandated by the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) 12.

On the 1st day, the project team was welcomed by the Assistant Municipal Treasurer Rechie Calvo. After a round of introduction of the participants, Mr. Blanker presented a short project overview and proceeded to the ODK Training. In the afternoon, each office were given time to generate their own forms and present their outputs. For the 2nd day, Ms. Patoc facilitated the Qlik Training because Mr. Blanker was in the meeting with the South Cotabato Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC). She guided the participants through the Qlik tutorial. In the afternoon, Mr. Blanker came and helped the participants in their ODK forms and Qlik graphs. The participants also presented their Qlik-generated outputs. Moreover, they gave their impressions about the systems. Most of them said that the ODK will be very useful in mapping businesses and profiling because of the geotagging feature, as well as, fast data consolidation. As agreed after the training, the departments particularly the BPLO, MTO and MASSO will improve their ODK forms and use them in their business mapping/ assessment/ monitoring. They will also make a form for the Joint Inspection Team (JIT), composed by different LGU departments that will conduct a pre-inspection in October 2019.

Scaleup REPAIR installs 9 Signage in 3 Barangays

As part of its Information, Education and Communication (IEC) to campaign for better environmental practices, Scale-up REPAIR Project installed nine in three barangays of Polomolok and T’Boli on September 3, 2019. Two of the signage were installed in Brgy. Lumakil and the other two in Brgy. Rubber, Polomolok. Five other signage were installed in Sitio Malo, Brgy. Basag (3) and Sitio Bianan, Brgy. Basag (2) in the municipality of T’Boli.

The signage were about: Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) /Rainfall Advisory System (4), Solid Waste Management and Forest Protection (2) and Project Map (3).

Scale-up REPAIR inspects planted trees in 3 Barangays of Polomolok and T’Boli

To monitor the status of the planted trees, Scale-up REPAIR conducted plant monitoring and inspection on August 28-30, 2019 in Brgys. Lumakil & Rubber, Polomolok and Basag, T’boli. The project assists 76 farmer-beneficiaries from Brgy. Lumakil (10), Brgy. Rubber (15), Sitio Bianan, Brgy. Basag (12), and Sitio Malo, Brgy. Basag (39). A total of 3,211 coconut, 508 guyabano, 1,522 coffee, 1,784 cacao, 935 forest trees and 5,435 bamboos were planted covering 35.0775 hectares of land with the survival rate of 96%. Farmer beneficiaries stand beside the planted trees

RESOURCEGov conducts 2nd Mindanao Learning Exchange

As one of the highlights of the 26th MINCODE General Assembly, RESOURCEGov hosted two simultaneous learning sessions of the Mindanao Learning Exchange on August 29, 2019 at Blue Lotus Hotel, Davao City. The activity became an avenue where CSO members of the network to learn, discuss, interact, and appreciate the different best practices of various political and socio-economic issues, as well as, technological advances that affect the engagement of CSOs with the government. The two sessions were attended by 19 (Male 11, Female 8) and 18 (Male 7, Female 11) participants respectively.

The two sessions were all about the interventions of the RESOURCEGov 2 Project namely: “Innovate, Integrate, Motivate: Use of ICT in LGU Revenue Enhancement” (Session 1) and “Becoming Agents of Change: LGU-CSO Engagement” (Session 2). Other sessions are the following: “ICRC: Protection and Assistance to Civilian Population during Armed Conflict and Code of Conduct for NGOs in Disaster Relief” (Session 3), “Social Entrepreneurship: A Vehicle for People Empowerment and Poverty Alleviation” (Session 4), and “Exploring Possibilities: Strategies to Build CSO Financial Sustainability” (Session 5). For Session 1, the ODK, Qlik and LITS were featured presented by LGU partners from Maragusan (generation of ODK forms and forms that are currently used in the LGU Offices such as the OMAG and the MTOs), from President Quirino and President Roxas (Qlik-generated graphs of data coming from the ODK-based tax mapping results), and from New Bataan (the LITS and the benefits of using the system in the SB Office). The participants were able to ask questions and recommend ideas on how these ICT tools be used. The Session 2 presenters were LGU and CSO partners from Tagbina and Barobo.

Urgent Hiring!

Mahintana is looking for an IT Officer with the following qualifications:

  • Candidate must be an Information Technology or Computer Science graduate with accounting background is an advantage
  • Experience in software programming is an advantage
  • With good analytical, written and verbal communication skills
  • With good moral character

Interested applicants may submit their application letter, resume, Transcript of Records and other pertinent documents to mahintana_mfi@yahoo.com or to healthplusppf@gmail.com addressed to:

Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot  
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LGU President Roxas visits LGU President Quirino

As one of the pilot areas in Region 12, the LGU President Quirino became a learning site for other LGUs from different regions because of their successful use of the ODK System in the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO). On August 23, 2019, RESOURCEGov Project Officer Mr. Gamaliel H. Moquete facilitated the learning visit of LGU President Roxas to LGU President Quirino for Business Tax Processing and Application with a total of 10 participants (Male 4, Female 6).

President Quirino BPLO Officer Mr. Jimmy Sotelo presented how they do their Business Tax Processing and Application while BPLO Encoder Ms. Linlet Marohomsalic shared how they were able to target the business collections through the use of ODK. Mr. Sotelo showed the ODK graphs to the body.