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


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.

PostHeaderIcon Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) Follow-through Installation in LGUs Kiamba and Maitum, Sarangani Province

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The RESOURCEGov team composed of Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Operations Head and Mr. Byron E. Delandrino, Project Officer visited the Municipality of Kiamba and Maitum for the actual Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) installation on February 5, 2018. It was one of the key agreements during the Sarangani Province LITS orientation held last November 13, 2017 that was attended by seven (7) municipalities from Sarangani that the RESOURCEGov team will visit each MLGU for the actual installation of the system.

The system was successfully installed to the said municipalities through the assistance of their respective Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Secretaries, Ms. Marcy A. Naval of Maitum and Ms. Imelda G. Arago of Kiamba. The team assisted the SB Secretaries and their staff in the installation of LITS to the main servers and client stations. The Municipality of Maitum allotted one desktop unit as the database computer and several units of laptops and desktops for the encoders. Also, the MLGU already submitted a request for the acquisition of additional computer units and proposed to create a regular position of Bookkeeper III to manage the system.  An issue on how to connect the main server and client stations in a network was encountered by the project teams of each MLGU as the internet connection in Maitum was very slow while Kiamba had no internet connection. It was resolved by the RESOURCEGov team by showing to the LGU staff that a network connection can be made using hub/router and Local Area Network (LAN) cables. The team taught the staff on how to add entries and encode several ordinances and resolutions since the MLGUs had already prepared scanned the files to be uploaded. LGU staff were shown how to back-up files to prevent loss of encoded data in case the system crashes or is infected with virus and suggested to save a separate back-up file to external hard disk.

Both MLGUs were very appreciative of the project as the system is given for free. They told the team that it will greatly boost the efficiency of their service delivery to the public, transparency and tracking of legislation. Ms. Naval said that though the system would not totally make them a paper-less operation, it would make them a less-paper operation. It was agreed by LGU staff from both municipality 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 utilized by the MLGUs.


PostHeaderIcon Orientation and Update for Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Program Implementation

The nine partner schools for the Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Program together with the MHO, MSWDO, MPDC, SB and MFI conducted a meeting about the outgrowing number of Teenage Pregnancy on February 6, 2018 at Blue Room of Esma Restaurant, Cannery Site, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

IMG_3636The meeting officially started at 1:45 pm with a prayer led by Sir Ralph Janiola. The welcome address was given by Dr. Melani Deypalan. The meeting has the following objectives: 1.) ARH Program 2.) Updates and Accomplishments, as well as the Project Implementation Plan for the Year 2018 3.) Update on students’ behavior and knowledge, skills and aptitude (KSA) regarding Adolescent Sexuality and Reproductive Health Development; 4.) Encourage the partners to commit and support the implementation of the project and come up with a signed partnership agreement for better implementation.

The Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) Project Officer, Ms. Ma. Theresa Catalan, presented the 2017 Updates for the ARH Program. For the 2017 Actual Cases of the Teenage Pregnancy, the highest record for students ages from 10-14 years old was during the third quarter there were 5 students recorded and for students ages 15-19 years old the highest record was on second quarter there were 146 students who got pregnant.


For the comparison of in-school and out-of-school youth teenage pregnancy, roughly 79% or 451 students were from the out-of-school and 21% or 121 students for the in-school. During school year 2017-2018 there was a decrease of at least 5 students from 29 students respectively during school year 2016-2017 for the teenage pregnancy cases.

On the ARH Program Accomplishment, the main objective is to help 30% decrease in teenage pregnancy in Polomolok for 3-years. First, Policy and Governance. Officially signed EO no. 07 Series of 2017 – An Executive Order Making the Municipal Health Office and Barangay Health Station Adolescent and Youth Health Program in the Municipality of Polomolok. Second, Capacity Development. Eight schools from nine partner schools already conducted the Roll-Out Teachers’ Training on Adolescent Sexuality and Reproductive Health to empower the teachers to give knowledge to students on what they have learned from the training. True Love Waits & Values Formation & ARH Seminar and Peer Educators and AJA Training was also conducted to students. Third, Information Education and Communication wherein the a total of 143 copies of ARH modules were distributed to partner schools especially for the teachers handling the subjects of: Science, MAPEH or ESP subject to help disseminate immediately the information to the students. Fourth, Service Delivery. Adolescent Reproductive Health Day, dubbed as “Sining at Musika Para Sa Kabataan: RatedPG #PagibigGoals with Poster-making, Team Quiz Bee, Tagalog Spoken Poetry & Song-writing/Battle of the Bands Contests. About 7,000 students and guests from 9 public secondary schools, 5 private schools, OSYs, and other developmental players attended the celebration. Lastly, Monitoring & Evaluation. The Action Plan for 2018 was presented by Ms. Kate Gumbao from Pablo Valencia National High School last February 6, 2018. The annual review and strategic planning was conducted with 23 ARH coordinators from 9 public high schools last December 11-12, 2017 for the one-year accomplishments for the target partners and to identify the contributing factors to the accomplishments and non-accomplishments of the target and for planning the one-year activities for the partner schools.

PostHeaderIcon HEALTH Plus Project sponsors Training-workshop on Budget and Inventory Management for South Cotabato public hospitals


As a commitment of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) to actively provide technical assistance to Provincial Government of South Cotabato (PGSC) in improving delivery of health services by public hospitals to indigent communities, specifically on increasing access to quality but affordable drugs, medicines and supplies, the foundation, through its HEALTH Plus Project, facilitates the conduct of Training-Workshop on Budget and Inventory Management at Mt. Sabrina, Tambler, General Santos City on February 01-02, 2018.  The training-workshop was participated by Integrated Provincial Health of South Cotabato, headed by Dr. Rogelio Aturdido, Jr., who gave the Welcome Remarks during the Opening Preliminaries and the Chief of Hospitals, Admin Officers, Pharmacists, Supply Officers, Bookkeepers and Billing-in-Charges of 4 public hospitals in the province:  South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (SCPH), Norala District Hospital (NDH), Polomolok Municipal Hospital (PMH) and Upper Valley Community Hospital (UVCH).


At the end of the two-day session, the participants’ knowledge on Budget Process presented by Budget & Management Specialist from Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Region 12 and Inventory Management presented by Ms. Lelia Carbon, CPA, Financial Consultant of Howard Hubbard Memorial Hospital (HHMH).   They were also able to develop draft template on procurement schedule and identified gaps and challenges related to budget, procurement and inventory management.


The participants were also able to agree on the following follow-through activities and timelines:  February 5 – actual inventory count and finalization of procurement schedule per hospital; February 5-12 – Mr. John Salcedo, IPHO Admin Officer to visit the 4 hospitals and provide TA to staff assigned in developing and maintaining inventory database, February 12 – PMC meeting to present the procurement schedule and finalize the data for presentation to the PHB. MFI’s President and CEO Martiniano L. Magdolot rendered the Closing Remarks and expressed his gratitude to PGSC, IPHO and 4 public hospitals for the  active partnership in Essential Drug Distribution in the province and his appreciation for the initiative of the partners in improving its inventory management leading to a better financial performance, enhanced procurement system and improved regulatory compliance.

PostHeaderIcon MFI’s HEALTH Plus Project joins NPF and NCIP in Coordination Meeting with DOH-XII in Cotabato City

On January 31, 2018, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. joins National Pharmaceutical Foundation (NPF), HEALTH Plus mother franchisor, and National Commission on Indigenous People in a Coordination meeting with DOH-XII representatives.  NPF CEO Ms. Teofila Remotigue explained the rationale of the meeting, which are to do courtesy call, discuss gaps and challenges in the delivery of health services to the IPs and how well the DOH effectively respond to their needs and gather data on the IPs served by DOH.  Ms. Kathy Cino, Development Management Officer III and GIDA-IP Coordinator, initially explained that DOH aims to have 100% enrollment of indigents to PHIC, but currently the data says that the enrollment is only 92%.  She added that the 8% variance might have come from the IP community.222222222

To address this concern, Dra. Shonee Anden, BOT member of NPF, suggested to conduct profiling of the IPs in order to accurately identify the need of the IPs and propose for a project addressing to those need.  Dra. Regine Pader, Family Health Cluster Head, informed the group that the DOH National is formulating a profiling tool specific for IPs and is already on the review phase. Ms. Margie S. Managuit, MFI HEALTH Plus Project Manager, recommended for MFI to provide technical assistance in the development of paperless profiling tool using the Open Data Kit (ODK) and the training for the enumerators.  In addition, Mr. Earl Granado, RPh, DOH-NCPAM Coordinator, informed the body that DOH will revive the Botika ng Barangays under the “Abot Kamay Botika ng Bayan” and timeline on its implementation is on the 3rd quarter of this year.  Accordingly the essential drugs and medicines will be forwarded to RHUs, lodged in the Barangay Health Stations all over country and distributed to indigent clients for free. 11111111

Ms. Managuit and Dra. Anden recommended for the agency to look into the sustainability of the program, knowing that the drugs and medicines are given for free and develop guidelines for distribution to ensure that the essential drugs and medicines will reach the underprivileged clients.

Some of the key agreements during the meeting are for NCIP to develop criteria for selection of 5 sample sites and forward the list of sites selected to NPF, NPF, in coordination with MFI, to develop the concept paper for submission to DOH for possible funding, DOH-XII to email the profiling tool developed by DOH-National.  At the end of the meeting, NCIP Commissioner Era Espana expressed her gratitude to DOH, NPF and MFI for the assistance in pursuing a program that will benefit the IPs. DOH, NPF and MFI also expressed their gratefulness to be given an opportunity to be of assistance to the IP community.

PostHeaderIcon Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) Orientation to LGUs of Cotabato Province

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The RESOURCEGov2 project team conducted a Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) orientation to the Local Government Units (LGUs) of the Province of Cotabato. There were 17 out of 18 municipalities and cities of Cotabato Province with the total of 52 participants and 7 staff from Mahintana Foundation, Inc. who attended the activity. As partner of the project, DILG Provincial Director (PD) Ali “Alex” Abdullah of Cotabato Province gave the opening remarks. He said that there 20180201_103521was already a legislative tracking in the past and LITS is the enhanced system that will be of great help in the service delivery of each LGU. He is thankful to the organization for the LITS project implementation. Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, the President & CEO of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) and the Project Director for the RESOURCEGov, welcomed the participants and introduced RESOURCEGov Project, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and its other projects and partners thru a video presentation. He also shared that MFI is the only non-government organization (NGO) in the country that was granted a project by European Union (EU) with no foreign partner NGO. MLM_opening remarks

Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc, the Project Coordinator, introduced the project team and also presented the Project Overview and LITS Orientation to the participants. After the participants learned about LITS, Mr. Roel Ian “Yankee” P. Blanker, the Project Manager, guided the participants to a step-by-step installation of LITS. Minor issue encountered during the installation is the need to update the operating system which was addressed thru an online lorie overviewupdate.

After successfully installing LITS to the 15 LGUS, Mr. Blanker demonstrated the functions of the LITS and showed samples of ordinances/resolutions/other reports using the LGU Tampakan database. Mr. Blanker also taught the LGUs how to upload their own official seal in the system to give them a sense of ownership of LITS. He also recommended that files attached to the system must be in PDF Format because of its smaller file size. He also suggested that to make the scanning of documents faster, the LGUs may take advantage of yankeeAndroid and iOS applications such as CamScanner and Office Lens to scan documents using high resolution cellphone cameras. Mr. Blanker reminded that since LITS is free, the software must not be sold and can be distributed for free to other organizations that find the LITS useful to them. According to LGU Kabacan, they purchased a legislative tracking system in the past worth Php 500,000.00, however, the system crashed and the LGU is unable to contact the developer to fix the issue. The 2 LGUs who were not able to install the LITS due to operating system and laptop issues will try to install it in their SB office computers which will be checked by the project team during follow-through activities by the end of the month.

words of gratitudeAfter the orientation, two (2) participants were given the opportunity to share their thoughts about LITS. An IT staff from LGU Pikit thanked Mahintana, DILG and EU for the project in behalf of all the LGUs of Cotabato. She said that since the software was made to cater the basic needs of legislative tracking, the LGUs must adjust to the LITS to maximize its use and to share the system to others. She is very grateful to the project, particularly in learning about LITS, reimbursing their travel expenses, and providing a good venue and meals for the training. She added that LITS will be very useful to provide better service to the people. The LGU President Roxas’ Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Secretary Robert Herbilla said that there is no such thing as free nowadays but Mahintana is so generous. Mr. Herbilla considered LITS as a great blessing for the LGUs to help them achieve better archiving, recordkeeping and efficient service delivery to the community.

vist to SP Sec KidapawanAfter the activity, Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Mahintana Operations Manager and Mr. Blanker visited the DILG Cotabato Province Office to update about the LITS training. They also met with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Cotabato Province Secretary Marivic F. Ravina to update about the activity and oriented about the LITS. Although the SP Cotabato Office has already a similar system which they procured and they pay every maintenance request, they were very interested about LITS and wanted to adopt it knowing that it is for free. The SP wanted to schedule a LITS Orientation to their representatives and IT staff on the same day as the Vice Mayors League North Cotabato Chapter meeting which is yet to be coordinated by the project team. The project team is also set to visit per LGU of Region 12 as a follow-through activity of the LITS training conducted.

PostHeaderIcon RESOURCEGov 2 conducts project orientations to partner LGUs in COMVAL Province, Region XI


As part of the preparatory activities and gaining the support of and common understanding by partner LGUs on the project objectives, key interventions, logframe/indicators, implementation plan and budget/financial requirements of the 3-year EU-funded RESOURCEGov Phase 2 project, the project conducted project orientations to two (2) partner LGUs in Compostela Valley (COMVAL) Province on January 31, 2018.  The MLGUs/municipalities covered by the orientation activities are Maragusan and New Bataan, COMVAL Province.  At least 38 (Male 15, Female 23) key officers and staff of two (2) partner LGUs and project team participated in the project orientations.

Joining Mahintana Foundation Inc. (lead implementer) in the project orientations are MINCODE (co-implementer) and Agri-Aqua Development Coalition or AADC (local CSO partner in COMVAL). The project team was spearheaded by Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Program/Operations Manager of Mahintana. Ms. Myra G. Macla, Project Officer of MINCODE, Ms. Glenda Plaza, Deputy Administrator of AADC and Ms. Cherrylyn Dapiton, Project Point Person of AADC represent the other members of the project team.

During the preliminary part of the project orientations in the two (2) respective partner LGUs, the project team introduced their own respective organizations highlighting their strategic priorities, programs, and projects in partnership with LGUs, line agencies and other CSOs. Likewise, the LGUs, through the Local Chief Executives, and the DILG, through the MLGOOs, provided a brief background and priority programs/projects of their respective offices while thanking the project for choosing their LGUs as replication areas.

During project overview, Mr. Tubigon provided the background/rationale how the project was conceptualized and the partnerships with DILG, DBM and CSO networks in Mindanao were forged. He also shared why EU is supporting the project and why it has expanded to other regions/LGUs in Mindanao including COMVAL in Region XI.

Like what he did in the previous project orientations in CARAGA region, Mr. Tubigon presented before the LGUs the project 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 five (5) key interventions of the RESOURCEGov Phase 2 project which include (1) ODK/Qlik-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. He then shared the system and hardware requirements, staffing and budgetary requirements, and the benefits of using each of the systems to improve the local revenue generation of LGUs and participation of CSOs in local governance.

After the seeing the project intentions and demonstrations of its key interventions/systems, the same appreciation, excitement and thanks were expressed by both LGUs in COMVAL as what the partner LGUs in CARAGA had expressed. With their excitement, the LGUs have commited to support the project by providing the necessary counterparts and logistical support the project needs.

According to Mayor Maricel C. Venidiola, SB Member Arnel Sesa and MPDC Leah M. Dalaygon of Maragusan, COMVAL Province, while they are upgrading their existing systems for tax collection, mapping and legislative archiving, they have been excited to avail the systems of the project where based on demonstrations you can transparently see the status of the LGU-funded projects and the potential tax collection targets in tabular, graphical and spatial presentations in just a click of a mouse. They said that the systems will be of great help to improve their capacities to increase their local revenues and provide better services to their constituents.

Same appreciation and excitement were echoed by the Mayor, Vice Mayor, SB Members, MLGOO, Department Heads and Staff of New Bataan, COMVAL Province. According to Mayor Geralford N. Balbin, Vice Mayor Larie Pagalan, SB Member Atty. Bianca Cualing-Brua, MLGOO Ivy Mae Esteban and other Department Heads of the LGU, the project is timely as they have been waiting for these systems/mechanisms to help improve their capacities to collect local revenues and increase the participation of CSOs in local governance. They acknowledge that while they are SGLG awardee (2016), they still want to measure how the SGLG award/compliance is translated into better services where their constituents are satisfied with their services/projects. Fortunately according to them, measuring this citizen satisfaction is part of the key interventions of the RESOURCEGov 2 project.

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