PostHeaderIcon EU-funded RESOURCEGov 2 Project Launching and MOU Signing

(clockwise from upper Left) Mahintana President & CEO, Mr. Martiniano Magdolot; MINCODE Executive Director Ms. Raizsa Mae Anayatin; DILG-12 Regional Director Mr. Reynaldo Bungubung; Dolefil Vice President & Managing Director

(clockwise from upper Left) Mahintana President & CEO, Mr. Martiniano Magdolot; MINCODE Executive Director Ms. Raizsa Mae Anayatin; DILG-12 Regional Director Mr. Reynaldo Bungubung; Dolefil Vice President & Managing Director Mr. Randolph Fleming

The RESOURCEGov 2 Project Launching and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Signing on December 13, 2017 gathered together the key officers of Mahintana Foundation, MINCODE and its members (Agri-Aqua Development Coalition-Mindanao, Kasilak Development Foundation, and PhilDHRRA) including the local chief executives and heads of key departments from different target LGUs in Regions 11, 12 & 13. The purpose of the activity is to strengthen the partnership and explore opportunities for the effective implementation of the Project. Held at Green Hotel, General Santos City, the event was also attended by DILG-12 officials, Provincial Directors and MLGOOs headed by the Regional Director Mr. Reynaldo Bungubung.

In his message of support, Mr. Bungubung, recognized the positive results and significant contributions of the RESOURCEGov Phase 1 project to the LGUs and CSOs. “It is a project intended to pursue excellence in local governance,” he said.  The DILG-12 will continue to provide assistance to the project as support also to their mandates in delivering basic social services to the communities efficiently and effectively.

The presentation of the project overview by the Project Manager, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker highlighted the project goals and objectives and other relevant details about the project. Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon RESOURCEGov 2 Project Courtesy Call and Project Orientation at DILG Central Office

2_FotorThe Revenue Enhancement by Strengthening and Optimising the Utilisation of Resources and CSO Engagement in Local Governance (RESOURCEGov) 2 Project team pays a courtesy call visit to DILG officials and staff on December 6, 2017 at DILG-Office of the Undersecretary for Local Government, Quezon City. In attendance were: Program Manager Richard L. Villacorte, Head Executive Assistant Josephine C. Leysa, Public Affairs and Communications Service (PACS) Director Marlo S. Guanzon, and eight (8) representatives from Project Management Office (PMO), Information Systems and Technology Management Service (ISTMS) and Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) Program.

Mr. Jobe Tubigon, Mahintana Operations Manager, presented the user-friendly data management systems such as the Open Data Kit (ODK) effective for tax mapping and project monitoring and the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) helpful for archiving ordinances/resolutions and other documents.

DILG Program Manager Richard Villacorte appreciated the systems presented and expressed to implement the use of the tools at their own level for project management and later on, introduce it to local government units and MLGOOs.

The RESOURCEGov 2 Project is funded by the European Union implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE).

PostHeaderIcon Health Plus Shop in a Shop (HPSiS) Project in South Cotabato receives Plaque of Recognition from DILG

(from L to R) Ms. Rilimin Sandoval; Ms. Jennifer Britania, Provincial Planning and Development Officer; Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, MFI President & CEO; Mr. Austere a. Panadero, Undersecretary of DILG; Mr. Reynaldo Bungubung, DILG 12 Regional Director; and Mr. John Salcedo, Provincial Health Administrator

(from L to R) Ms. Rilimin Sandoval; Ms. Jennifer Britania, Provincial Planning and Development Officer; Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, MFI President & CEO; Mr. Austere A. Panadero, Undersecretary of DILG; Mr. Reynaldo Bungubung, DILG 12 Regional Director; and Mr. John Salcedo, Provincial Health Administrator

A Plaque of Recognition was awarded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to the Health Plus Shop in a Shop (HPSiS) Project of the Provincial Government of South Cotabato in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. on December 8, 2017 at Selah Garden Hotel, Pasay City.

The HPSiS in South Cotabato was recognized as one of the best practices of the Private Public Partnership in the country in the delivery of basic social services by the government and private partners to the community particularly to the poor and indigent patients. The HPSiS partnership started in 2008 and is now replicated in 9 public hospitals in South Cotabato, Sarangani Province and General Santos City complementing the “no balance billing” program of the government. The project is also a “Galing Pook” awardee in 2016.

Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, President and CEO of Mahintana, received the award together with the representatives from South Cotabato and DILG 12.

PostHeaderIcon Mahintana’s Outreach Program Benefits Schoolchildren at Bianan Elementary School, Tboli, South Cotabato

IMG_9351_Fotor_CollageDuring the Christmas season, Mahintana Foundation organizes an Outreach Program involving the staff by giving of gifts to underprivileged children in various communities. For this year 2017, the staff and management from the foundation conducted an Outreach Program at Bianan Elementary School, Tboli, South Cotabato on December 6, 2017 and gave out school and classroom supplies (e.g. backpacks, pencils, papers, notebooks, books), health and hygiene kits, slippers, medicines and vitamins to at least 81 kindergarten students. The students and parents also received lectures on proper hand washing and tooth brushing as well as food treats as prizes for the parlor games that most of them enjoyed.

This generous gesture of giving definitely brought smiles to the little ones and to the parents who also received free medicines and vitamins.

PostHeaderIcon Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) Project Annual Review and Strategic Planning

IMG_8968_Fotor_CollageTo review and track the progress of the Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) project for 2017 in achieving its end results and develop action plans for the next fiscal year 2018, public and private partners of PTFK including representatives from the Mayor’s Office, the Health Educators and HEPOs of partner cooperatives and BLGU Cannery Site, gathered for the Annual Review and Strategic Planning on November 23-24, 2017 at Mt. Sabrina Panoramic View & Resort, General Santos City. It is essential for the core partners to meet and discuss effective initiatives of the project to ensure that the project’s main goal of improving the health and well-being of employees and member-workers of Dolefil’s partner-cooperatives and its immediate communities will be achieved.

Mr. Laurence Grino, Municipal Administrator, in his welcoming address, noted the accomplishments of the project over the years and thanked Mahintana and its partners for their contribution in making the project successful in its endeavors.

The participants presented their achievements for 2017 per cooperative (CAMPCO, FARB, PMSC, TSKMPC, and UEWMPC) and committee (Policy Support and Governance, STI/HIV/AIDS Services, Service Delivery, Information, Education and Communication, Planning, Monitoring and Surveillance). Following the presentations, the group  expressed their challenges encountered in implementing the project and discussed ways to address it. The planned activities for 2018 were presented the next day where some focused areas will be sustained and additional set of priorities will be included.

The workshop was concluded with the agreement that each committee will submit their final action plans to Mahintana and will be due for presentation in the 4th Local Health Board Meeting by Year 2018.IMG_8994_Fotor

PostHeaderIcon RESOURCEGov Project Team undergo Financial Systems Installation Training

20171121_093245_FotorOn November 21, 2017, Mahintana Foundation through its RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project facilitated the Financial Systems Installation Training together with the key staff and finance team of MINCODE and its partner networks (Kasilak Development Foundation, PhilDHRRA, Agri-Aqua Development Coalition-Mindanao). The training was intended to orient the project team on EU’s standards on financial recording, the basic documentation requirements during trainings and other activities and the use of Quickbooks which is a user-friendly system giving users access to basic accounting and financial tracking tools.

Ms. Wilma Jumilla, MFI Accountant, presented the contractual framework of the project stipulating the key responsibilities of the main parties in the project implementation with Mahintana as directly responsible for the implementation and acts as the intermediary for all the communication to the European Union (EU) while MINCODE is jointly responsible for complying with any obligation binding from the Contract. Moreover, she discussed in detail the modules based on EU’s Financial tool kit providing guidelines for partners to follow in complying with the basic standards/requirements on filing and record keeping as well as the general accounting procedures.

Meanwhile, Ms. Grace Miguel, MFI Project Bookkeeper, presented visuals of actual forms for better appreciation and to ensure that the participants can easily comprehend and apply the general accepted record keeping standards. She also demonstrated the step-by-step accounting tasks that can be done using Quickbooks and explained how the system can help make the complicated task of accounting easier when used in its full potential. Afterwards, she assisted the MINCODE team in the installation and management of the system.

At the end of the training, the participants had a common understanding and gained knowledge on the contractual, financial and operational systems and policies of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Philippines, as the Project Funding Donor.20171121_131349_Fotor

PostHeaderIcon EU-funded RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project: First Project Implementation Team (PIT) Meeting

The RESOURCEGov (phase 2) DSC_9384_FotorProject team together with the Management and staff of Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE) and its partner networks (Kasilak Development Foundation, PhilDHRRA, Agri-Aqua Development Coalition-Mindanao), convened for the first Project Implementation Team (PIT) Meeting on November 20, 2017 at Lispher Inn, Juna Subd, Matina, Davao City.

The kick-off PIT meeting was regarded as the formal beginning to a fruitful partnership and served as a way to align the team’s understanding of the project goals with actual plans and deliverables.

Mahintana’s President & CEO, Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, provided the opening remarks and introduced the new project staff. He also shared about the interventions and significant contributions of the RESOURCEGov project (phase 1) in improving LGU performance and CSO participation in local governance in its assisted municipalities and on how the RESOURCEGov project phase 2 was conceptualized. It was intended to sustain the project’s objectives and replicate its best practices to other municipalities, not only in Region XII but also in Regions XI and XIII.

Afterwards, MFI’s Program Manager, Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, explained further the project overview and its approved budget for 3 years amounting to € 5 million. His presentation included the following: project objectives, areas covered, logical framework, implementation plan, monitoring and evaluation plan, and documentary/reportorial requirements and templates in every activity. Also, he explained the partnership agreement which sets the terms and conditions between the partners.

Various concerns were raised and discussed particularly relating to budget allocation to partners, documentary requirements that needs to be submitted before and after an activity and specific roles and responsibilities of the implementing organizations and partner networks to ensure that the project deliverables will be met.

The RESOURCEGov project (phase 2) is a 3-year project implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with MINCODE. Funded by the European Union (EU), its overall objective is to help improve the local governance, performance and service delivery of target Local Government Units in the marginalized communities of Mindanao.

PostHeaderIcon EU-funded RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project conducts Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) Orientation and Workshop

20171113_120418_FotorThe EU-funded Revenue Enhancement by Strengthening and Optimising the Utilisation of Resources and CSO Engagement in Local Governance (RESOURCEGov) Phase 2 Project conducted a Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) orientation and workshop to 29 participants coming from the seven (7) local government units (LGU) of Sarangani Province (Glan, Alabel, Kiamba, Maasim, Maitum, Malapatan, and Malungon) on November 13, 2017 held at Glan Training Center, Red Building, Poblacion Glan.

Mr. Jobe Tubigon, Program Manager, provided an overview about the project and demonstrated the functions and features of the system. He also emphasized on the importance of staff delegation who will focus on handling the system to prevent turnover issues in the future.

Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, RESOURCEGov Project Manager, led the participants to an on-screen step-by-step installation of LITS which includes checking of the basic operating requirements, database and installation process.

LITS was originally developed for Windows 7, the widely-used operating system during the RESOURCEGov phase 1 implementation. It was introduced and installed to all partner MLGUs of the Phase 1 Project and has been proven as an effective system for viewing, downloading, editing and printing of reports (e.g. ordinances, resolutions) as well as in capacitating the local Sanggunian in doing their duties efficiently.

At the end of the workshop, Sangguniang Bayan Secretary of Glan, Mr. Marlon R. Daquigan, expressed his gratitude to Mahintana for the capacity building activity through the RESOURCEGov Phase 2 project. Certificates of appreciation were awarded to the Mahintana representatives and certificates of participation were given to the participants.

PostHeaderIcon Empowering NGOs and CSOs through Content Communications and Social Media Workshop

Resource Persons from Evident Communications: (from top left photo) Ms. Cecile Dominguez, CEO; Mr. Daniel Estopia, Art Director; and Mr. Ian Lim, Content Director

Resource Persons from Evident Communications: (from top left photo) Ms. Cecile Dominguez, CEO; Mr. Daniel Estopia, Art Director; and Mr. Ian Lim, Content Director

In order to sustain the meaningful role in local development of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in Region XII using Social Networks and online communication, the Sarangani Province Empowerment and Community Transformation Forum, Inc. (SPECTRUM) facilitated a Content Communications and Social Media Workshop on November 16-17, 2017, inviting participants from its member-organizations. The activity was intended to equip the participants the knowledge and capability necessary to create relevant, impactful and efficient content using the right social media and communication tools.

There were at least 22 project/communication officers from Mahintana Foundation, Inc., Dole Philippines, Inc., KPS-Seed, Conrado & Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation, OND Hesed Foundation, Sta. Cruz Multi-Purpose Cooperative, DANA Foundation, and RD Foundation, Inc. who attended the 2-day training and received important information about the responsible use of Social Media on sharing content.

One of the speakers, Ms. Cecile Dominguez, CEO of Evident Communications, explained that utilizing the full potential of social media channels (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) offers a wide range of opportunities to create partnerships, provided if used properly. She also shared social media concepts and tips on how to make innovative use of social media tools effectively.  Together with her were Mr. Ian Lim, Content Director, whose expertise is into creating engaging content by making it simple, concrete and credible; and Mr. Daniel Estopia, Art Director, who explained in detail the various multimedia platforms (e.g. photos, illustrations, videos, infographics, memes, animations) and the importance of creating a Social Media moodboard to make posts distinct from others.

The training was also tailored with interactive and informative workshops and hands-on practical exercises.  The participants gained valuable insights about effective communications and understood the need to explore more the social media world, not only as a medium for sharing photos with friends and families but to improve the communication strategy and enhance the institutional image as well as support and advance an organization’s  advocacy and mission.

PostHeaderIcon Mahintana Foundation, Inc. receives Plaque of Recognition from Foundation for the Philippine Environment

sir doy 2_FotorMahintana Foundation, Inc. was awarded by the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) a Plaque of Recognition for its contribution in the conservation and preservation of environment and bio-diversity in Mindanao.

Mahintana is a long time partner of FPE in its campaign for bio-diversity conservation particularly in Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape and adjacent areas. The FPE is also supporting Mahintana in the implementation of the Silway-Klinan Watershed Ridge to Reef Program.

The award was received by Mahintana’s  President and CEO, Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot during FPE’s 25th Year Celebration and 2017 National Regional Advisory Council-Partners-Expert Advisory Panel Meeting held at Nature’s Village Resort, Talisay, Negros Occidental on November 15, 2017. Mahintana also received a Php 10,000 cash incentive and an opportunity to access small grants from FPE.sir doy_Fotor2

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