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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PostHeaderIcon Enterprise Integrity Award Meeting

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Mahintana Foundation, Inc., in behalf of the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) of South Cotabato, invited the cooperatives in the area and the representatives from LGU departments particularly the Municipal Treasurer’s Office and BPLO to attend the Dangal ng South Cotabato Enterprise Integrity Award Orientation on May 18, 2018 at MFI Conference Rooms. It was attended by the 18 participants (Male 9, Female 9).

Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon gave message of thanks to the cooperatives who came. Then, Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot gave the welcome remarks and presented a short overview the Dangal ng South Cotabato: Enterprise Integrity Award 2018 as a mechanism of South Cotabato Integrity Circle (SCIC), a tri-part arrangement program comprised of CSOs, business sector and the government. The Enterprise Integrity Award is the initiative of Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes while the SCIC was initiated by European Chamber of Commerce in the Phils. PPDO staff Mr. Stephen Jake Peñales introduced the Enterprise Integrity Award and Ms. Rhea Conente discussed the guidelines and procedures of the Enterprise Integrity Award.

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The Dangal ng South Cotabato: Enterprise Award is a mechanism in pursuit of good governance that aims to promote and encourage integrity by giving due recognition, honor and wards to the different private business enterprises in the province that have successfully implemented strategies and mechanisms to promote integrity in the conduct of their business. It is open to all business establishments in South Cotabato and shall only be applicable to profit-oriented companies and thus, excludes the non-profit CSOs, NGAs and LGUs.

 

PostHeaderIcon Training for CSOs of Lambayong and President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat

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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 Lambayong and President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat on May 16-17, 2018 at The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, Koronadal. It was joined by 42 organizations with 54 participants (Male 39, Female 15) including the 5 team members.

On May 16, 2018, the training started with preliminaries at around 9:00 AM. Project Manager Roel Ian P. Blanker welcomed the participants and introduced the team. A round of introduction of each participant was conducted. Then, Mr. Blanker then explained the CSO Profile Information Sheet and Checklist of LGU Compliance in the Local Budget Process and presented the 2016 CSO survey result of the same checklist.  In the afternoon, DILG representative LGOO VI Mr. Ian Jon Clemente gave the talk on CSO Accreditation Process. The participants were free to raise questions during the discussion. Mr. Clemente clarified that only CSOs that have been accredited can be invited to participate in the local budget process. He also said that the CSOs who have been turned down by the Sangguniang Bayan/Panlungsod can make their appeal to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to be accredited.

The next day, a quiz-type game was conducted to test how well they understood the lesson the day before. Department of Budget Management (DBM) Representative Atty. Libertine Cagang presented the CSO Participation to Local Budget Process, Budget Accountability and the Procurement Process. Questions were raised regarding the travel allowances for the CSOs who are invited to the budget process. After, Mr. Blanker presented the ODK and Qlik systems as new tools for project monitoring and budget tracking. Also, Mr. Blanker presented the results of the checklist of LGU compliance to local budget process. He went through the items and explained the possible reasons for the answers. Mr. Blanker told the participants of importance of inventory and updated directory of the CSOs. The CSOs were given time to convene for their next steps and initial plan of action. Ms. Alma Sandia, a CSO representative of Lambayong and Ms. Linda Quines, the representative of CSOs of President Quirino, presented the key agreements of their CSO network. Their common agreement is to ask technical assistance form RESOURCEGov for trainings such as financial management, project proposal writing and making of localized CSO directory/manual to motivate and empower other CSOs to join and be active part of the local government units. To wrap up the training, Mr. Blanker asked for two (2) representatives from CSOs to give messages. Ms. Prescilla Baldonado and Ms. Linda Quines, from Lambayong and Pres. Quirino respectively, expressed their gratitude to Mahintana Foundation for implementing the RESOURCEGov Project Phase 2. They are looking forward for more trainings esp. in capacity development of the organizations.

 

PostHeaderIcon Training for CSOs of Lake Sebu and Tampakan, South Cotabato

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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 Tampakan and Lake Sebu, South Cotabato on May 9-10, 2018 at The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, Koronadal. It was joined by 33 organizations with 46 participants (Male 25, Female 21) including the three (3) team members.

On the first day of the training, RDIP Coordinator and Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. patoc welcomed the CSO participants and one budget officer from Tampakan in behalf of the Mahintana and the project Manager Roel Ian P. Blanker. She introduced the RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Team who will facilitate the training and gave the participants to introduce themselves, their organizations represented and their expectations. After the round of introduction, Project Officer Mr. Byron E. Delandrino presented the RESOURCEGov Phase 2, the agenda of the training and the forms to be filled out by the CSO participants. He explained that the checklist of LGU compliance is only to gauge the knowledge of the CSOs regarding their roles to the local budget process. In the afternoon, LGOO IV Mr. Muhammad G. Nanding, Jr., the resource speaker for DILG, discussed the process of CSO accreditation. The participants were given the opportunity to air out their concerns which were answered by the DILG representative.

The next day, May 10, 2017, the session was opened by recapping the lessons learned the day before through a cabbage roll game. Department of Budget Management (DBM) Regional Director Mr. Akmad Usman and Atty. Libertine Cagang presented the CSO Participation to Local Budget Process, Budget Accountability and the Procurement Process. An open forum was conducted where the CSOs were able to ask questions to DBM speakers. In the afternoon, Mr. Delandrino presented the results of the checklist through ODK. Most of the answers were “not aware” since most of the CSOs were newly accredited. They were given 20 minutes to convene per LGU for the next steps of the CSO federations. A representative for each LGU presented their agreements and suggested activities such as capacity development trainings to be conducted by the RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Team such as leadership, financial management, proposal writing and minutes of the meeting writing trainings. These suggestions were noted by the team subject for approval of the management of the project. Also, there were CSO representatives who gave their message of thanks. They said that they are very much grateful to the opportunity to be chosen for the training and are looking forward for the success of the project implementation. Certificates of participation were distributed to the participants.

 

PostHeaderIcon ARH Conducts its 1st Quarter Meeting of 2018

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Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan-Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Program conducted its 1st Quarter Meeting on May 8, 2018 at Cicada Room, Kalsangi, Polomolok, South Cotabato. It was participated by ARH advocates, Dr. Ligaya Gepte of MHO, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and partner stakeholders.

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Seven (7) of 10 partner public high schools presented their accomplishment reports to other stakeholders for the whole 1st quarter. These accomplishments will be used as basis for the schools’ best practices based on the standard Action Plan. The schools are the following: Landan National High School, Nicolas Barreras National High School, Silway-8 National High School, Pablo Valencia National High School, Upper Klinan National High School, Palkan National High School and Bonifacio R. Tagaban Integrated School. The common accomplishments are: integration of ARH modukes t MAPEH, Values and Science; posting of ARH advocacy tarpaulins; orientation of parents and students about ARH; and conduction of ARH awareness campaign and meetings with teachers and peer counselors.

PostHeaderIcon Mahintana Participates in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Week in Manila

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As NGO partner of the Provincial Government of South Cotabato in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Local Program, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., represented by Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Operations Manager, participated in the OGP Week on May 8-9, 2018 at DBM Multipurpose Hall, Manila. “OGP Going Local: Bringing Government Closer to the Citizens” was the theme of the event. The event was aimed at showcasing successful localization efforts on open governance and transparency initiatives of government at the national and local government level and co-creating new OGP sub-national commitments for the next OGP action plan development cycle.

This nationwide activity was co-organized by the DBM (OGP Secretariat), PCOO, DOF, PH-EITI, Hivos, CODE-NGO and Bantay Kita. At least 80 delegates/representatives from the national line agencies, LGUs and CSOs business sector across the country participated in the 2-day activity. Notable dignitaries from the national government who graced the event include Sec. Benjamin Diokno of the DBM, Usec. Austere Panadero of the DILG and Asec. Kris Ablan of the PCOO. Updates on the results of the Global Call on OGP Local Program (5 slots) and the national and local government commitments on OGP were presented which include, among others, the Open Legislation, Freedom of Information (FOI), 8888 Hotline, Extractive Industries,/Beneficial Ownership, and Open Contracting.

During the event, it was proudly announced by the OGP secretariat that from a global call issued by the OGP International and after a competitive selection process (at least 100 global applicants), the Province of South Cotabato qualifies and is included in the five new local governments to be part of the OGP Local Program for 2018. The other sub-national governments which qualified in the OGP Local Program are the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country in Spain, the Romanian city of Iasi, the Colombian Department of Nariño, and the state of Kaduna in Nigeria. South Cotabato is the only LGU in the Philippines which qualified under the global OGP Local Program. Other LGUs from the Philippines such Bohol, Bataan, and Muntinlupa City submitted their expressions of interest for the global OGP Local Program but were not considered. This means that South Cotabato will represent the Philippines in the global OGP Local Program and other future international OGP events. The Province will also join the cohort of 15 OGP Local existing participants who will co-create with civil society an Action Plan for 2018-2020.

On the results of the workshops, PLGU South Cotabato has considered the following commitments: (1) Open Contracting/Procurement, (2) Open Minahang Bayan/Beneficial Ownership, (c) Open Information (i.e. localize FOI), and (d) Open Monitoring and Evaluation (ODK-based project monitoring, CSIS).

PostHeaderIcon Mahintana Joins European Union (EU) and Partners in Europe Day Celebration

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In celebration of the Europe Day, the EU Delegation to the Philippines invited Mahintana Foundation to grace the said occasion along with other EU partner organization and beneficiaries on May 9, 2018 at Dusit Thani Manila, Philippines. Mahintana, represented by its President and CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot along with his staff Ms. Wilma C. Jumilla, Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, and Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker attended the event. The night served as an avenue to meet people of diverse backgrounds and of different organizations. It was an opportunity for the staff to get to know other EU partners and establish linkages as it was participated by national government officials, EU representatives, and active civic society organizations.

The event is a celebration of the long partnership of EU and the Philippines dubbed as Viva Europa 2018, a socializing activity highlighting the shared culture and values of Europeans and the Filipinos. “Europe is about values, literature, music, art, political ideas, sciences, equality, about giving friends around the world the opportunities to create happier, better, more joyful lives for themselves and the generation to come,” EU Ambassador Franz Jessen said during his welcome speech at the reception. Mr. Manuel Teehankee, the Foreign Affairs Undersecretary of the Philippines led the toast of the celebration. An Award of Distinction was also given to Mr. F. Sionil Jose, National Artist for Literature, for strengthening cultural links of EU and the country.

PostHeaderIcon “HEALTH Plus project facilitates Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting on HEALTH Plus project implementation in Dr. Cornelio T. Martinez, Sr. Memorial Hospital in Kiamba”

 

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) through its HEALTH Plus project facilitates the 1st TWG meeting at Dr. Cornelio T. Martinez, Sr. Memorial Hospital in Kiamba, Sarangani on May 07, 2018 as part of the project’s monitoring and evaluation of the performance of HEALTH Plus Shop-in-a-Shop (HPSiS) in the hospital.  The said meeting was attended by Chief of Hospital, OIC Dr. Sharon Fortaleza, Admin Officer Rhiza Pomares, Chief Nurse Sarah Carmel Quinto, Hospital Pharmacist Aracelli Ballan, RPh and MFI representatives:  Project Manager Margie S. Managuit, PPF Licensed Pharmacist Jea A. Roque, RPh and Project Bookkeeper Shinny Lee G. Ula, CPA.  At the onset, Ms. Managuit explained the rationale of the TWG meeting which is to present accomplishments of the project and to discuss and resolve challenges on inventory management, PHIC’s No Balance Billing (NBB) policy compliance and other related concerns.20180508_110440Afterwards, Ms. Ula presented the list of served and unserved prescriptions, Type ABC, nearly expiry medicines and financial performance (unaudited) of HPSiS as of April, 2018. On the nearly expiry medicines, Ms. Managuit requested for the hospital to assist HPSiS in the dispensing of these drugs and medicines.  Dr. Fortaleza agreed with the request, however, he identified the items that cannot anymore be dispensed such as the Cotrimoxazole 800mg.  Ms. Ballan also requested all HPSiS staff to be present during the weekly pharmacy meeting so as to address related concerns.  Ms. Ula inquired from the participants on the factors of decrease in the revenue of HPSiS.  Ms. Ballan stated that the hospital has available drugs, medicines and supplies.  Moreover, Ms. Pomares added that the PLGU-Sarangani has increased their budget from P3M to P4M with General Fund as the source of funds, aside from the unlimited budget coming from Trust Fund.  Key agreements after the meeting are as follows; for HPSiS to send the copy of its Type B and C to ER, Chief of Hospital and Admin Officer; delivery of requested aircon by MFI-PPF will be on Thursday, May 07, 2018; for hospital to prioritize dispensing of nearly expiry medicines; for hospital pharmacist to provide the list of near-stock-outs to HPSiS one week before to give time for MFI-PPF to order and deliver those requested items.

PostHeaderIcon “HEALTH Plus Project conducts Presentation of Modified Inventory Management System with PHO of Chief of Hospitals and Admin Officers of 4 public hospitals in the province”

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Mahintana-PPF, headed by Ms. Margie S. Managuit, Project Manager with Mr. June Ritche Cagata, newly installed HPMIS officer and Ms. Normelita Lauron, Project Bookkeeper, facilitates the Special Provincial Management Committee (PMC) meeting on May 07, 2018 at Viajera Dine, Koronadal City.  Attended by Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Rogelio Aturdido, Jr. with his Admin Officer, Mr. John Salcedo and the Chief of Hospitals and Admin Officers of 4 province-managed public hospitals, the meeting is called for to present the modified inventory management system developed by the previous HPMIS officer, Mr. Franz Andrei Cruspero for the HEALTH Plus Project.

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The development of the modified system, which computes the safety stock, reorder point and quantity order of drugs, medicines and supplies, is an offshoot of the 2-day Training-workshop on Budget and Inventory Management with the PMC members held on February 01-02, 2018.  Key agreements after the presentation are as follows:  for Mahintana to: add in the modified system date of the first day of ordering and the expected date of arrival of ordered stocks to compute the lead time and column on the number of days for the available quantity to last, to meet with iHOMIS-in-charge of SCPH to discuss the template for the database and to present the revised inventory management system with the added features on the next PMC meeting on June, 2018.

 

PostHeaderIcon LITS Installation in LGUs Sto. Niño, Bagumbayan and Columbio

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Project Officer Mr. Byron E. Delandrino visited the Municipalities of Sto. Niño, South Cotabato, Bagumbayan and Columbio, Sultan Kudarat to install the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) on April 24, 25 and May 2, 2018, respectively. The project officer was able to install the system to four (4) computer units. The LGUs had requested/ acquired their computer units solely for the use of LITS and is estimated to be a total cost of around Php 300,000.00 for the three (3) LGUs.

Mr. Delandrino was welcomed by the respective SB Secretaries and their staff. The 3 LGUs were all planning to purchase new computers for the use of LITS. LGU Sto. Niño requested to postpone the installation because they are waiting for the unit to be used as the database to arrive. The IT staff presented to install the LITS instead. As for the other 2 LGUs, they installed the system to the units available in their offices for the moment so that they can start encoding entries. All of the SB Secretaries and their staff expressed their gratitude for being beneficiaries of such project.

On May 7, 2018, LGU Sto. Niño contacted with Ms. Patoc to confirm that system was successfully installed in the main server and client stations.

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