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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 RESOURCEGov 2 conducts project orientations to partner LGUs in CARAGA Region

project orientation surigaoAs part of the preparatory activities and gaining the support of the LGUs for the implementation of the 3-year EU-funded RESOURCEGov Phase 2 project, the project conducted project orientations to four (4) partner LGUs in CARAGA Region (Region 13) on January 15-17, 2018.  The LGUs covered by the orientation activities are Barobo, Tagbina and Tago of Surigao del Sur and Remedios T. Romualdez  of Agusan del Norte.  At least 71 (42 Male, 29 Female) key officers and staff of four (4) partner LGUs and project team participated in the project orientations.

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PostHeaderIcon Call for Bidding: End-of-Project (EOP) Evaluation for the EU-funded RESOURCEGov Project

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., seeks the services of a consultant/evaluator to do an end-of-project evaluation for one of its projects that will end on September 2016.

The consultant/evaluator of end-of-project evaluation must have educational qualification, expertise and a minimum of 5 years work experience on project evaluation involving programs on CSO governance, participatory governance, public fiscal administration, revenue generation, budget tracking/ management, legislation/legislative tracking, project monitoring, and data management system. The duration of the evaluation will be around 24 working days, starting August 8, 2016 to September 8, 2016.

For parties interested in this consultancy/bidding, please address your CV to Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, Executive Director, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., Cannery, Polomolok, South Cotabato and email to mahintana_mfi@yahoo.com. Deadline of submission is on July 31, 2016.

Please refer to the Terms of Reference below:

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PostHeaderIcon Maximizing Open Source Apps for Project Monitoring, Mapping and Social Enterprise/ Business Analytics: Sharing RESOURCEGov’s Initial Best Practices to AF Community Sharing Session and PEF Learning Exchanges

As a way of sharing the initial gains and popularizing the open source project monitoring systems of the EU-funded RESOURCEGov Project, the project/Mahintana had graced as one of the sharers in the Community Sharing Session of the Association of Foundations (AF)’s 44th General Assembly on April 25-26, 2016 in Baguio City. Mahintana was represented by its Project Director, Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot and Project Manager, Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon. Currently, AF has 140-strong member organizations in the country, including Mahintana. This year’s General Assembly was participated by at least 90% of its members.

From left to right. Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, taking his oath together with other new members of Boart of Trustees of AF. Mr. Oman Jiao, AF Executive Director, discussing the significant programs/agenda of the general assembly before its member organizations. Mr. Jobe Tubigon, RESOURCEGov Project Manager, demonstrating ODK and Qlik systems during AF Community Learning Session and PEF Learning Exchanges

In the break-out sessions/groups, Mahintana was among the three (3) sharers in the Technology and Business Models for Social Development. With the presentation titled, “Maximizing Open Source Apps for Project Monitoring, Mapping and Social Enterprise/ Business Analytics: A Productivity Must-Have for CSOs”, Mahintana had captured the appreciation of majority of AF members who have signified their interest to adopt the monitoring systems introduced/popularized by RESOURCEGov. This had sprouted after Mahintana had shared and demonstrated how CSOs, especially those resource-constrained CSOs, can maximize the use of open source applications available in the web/internet, such as Open Data Kit (ODK) and Qlik Sense, for project monitoring and business analytics.

During the sharing, Mahintana stressed that the growth in smartphone usage and availability of open source apps in the web/internet have provided the CSOs with opportunities to automate paper-based data collection, project monitoring & business analytics in a cost effective manner. Open Data Kit (ODK) for mobile-based project monitoring and Qlik Sense for business analytics proved to be useful among the free/open source apps available in the web. ODK and Qlik are user-friendly (i.e. can be run by non-programmers or minimally-trained users), have interactive data visualization and can be used offline. However, despite these advances in ICT, many CSOs, especially those resource-constrained CSOs, have not maximized the use of these free and open source apps for project monitoring/mapping and social enterprise analytics. There is a lack of learning exchange/s on this matter and perceived lack of technical capabilities of CSOs that may have hindered them to explore on this area. Thus, it is with these concerns and opportunities that Mahintana was interested to share its experiences and popularize the use of ODK and Qlik systems to help other resource-constrained CSOs to do project monitoring, survey/mapping and business analytics in the cost effective manner.

After the sharing, the project/Mahintana has not only gained appreciation from other members of AF but also with the Board of Trustees. Among others, Ms. Cecile Dominguez (CLAFI), Ms. Rose Depra (NEDFI) and Mr. Joemil Montebon (Kasilak), AF Board Members, said that they would recommend to AF to adopt the ODK and Qlik Systems in its CSO mapping and other monitoring activities. They would also recommend to AF to request Mahintana for a technology transfer to the cluster members of AF in the country.

In other significant program/agenda of the AF general assembly, Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, Executive Director, run and won a seat in AF Board of Trustees (BOT) during the elections of the new members of the Board. With this new opportunity and responsibility, Mr. Magdolot ensured that the systems shared by the RESOURCEGov Project will be adopted by more CSOs in the country in order to help improve CSO participation in local governance.

After the AF Gen. Assembly in Baguio City, Mahintana proceeded to Quezon City on April 27, 2016 for a learning exchange/s requested by the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF). PEF was also interested to see how ODK and Qlik Sense work, especially helping assist their technical staff and their beneficiary organizations to use these open source applications in project monitoring and business analytics. After the presentation and demonstration, PEF appreciated the systems and has signified to adopt the systems.  Currently, the technical staff of PEF are exploring the systems on their own and have planned to utilize the systems for their disaster risk reduction-climate change adaption and social enterprise projects.

PostHeaderIcon LGU Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat conducts Business Tax Mapping using Open Data Kit (ODK) App

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Technical Working Group (TWG) interviewing business owners/operators in LGU Lambayong, S.K. using android tablets

 

On January 26 & 28, 2016, 21 members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) from the municipality of Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, headed by the BPLO, Mr. Telesforo Agustin Jr., conducted business tax mapping using the Open Data Kit (ODK) application downloaded on their android smart phones/tablets. At least 450 business establishments in 12 barangays (Kapingkong, Lilit, Udtong, Poblacion, Katitisan, Tambak, Kabulakan, Pidtiguian, Mamali, Midtapok, Didtaras and Maligaya) were successfully mapped to intensify the tax collection campaign and revenue generation in the said municipality. This initiative is one of the significant activities supported by the EU-funded RESOURCEGov project to help enhance/increase the generation of the local income in its target municipalities including Lambayong, S.K.

With the latest and one of the most sophisticated mobile data collection using Open Data Kit (ODK), this allowed the team to rapidly obtain and process data. The data gathered revealed that some business establishments do not have business permits. As a result, business owners/operators were encouraged to secure and renew business permits to be allowed to continue their business operations.

The group was able to identify areas the LGU needs improvement on to fully enforce the collection of local taxes and other impositions. By doing so, this will aid in improving the overall fiscal performance of the municipality and to also fund the increasing demand for basic services for the people without relying solely on national allocations.

PostHeaderIcon RESOURCEGov popularizes the ODK-based budget tracking system at the IP Women’s Summit in Davao City

The RESOURCEGov Project Manager (in yellow) posing with the IP women participants and summit organizers

The RESOURCEGov Project Manager (in yellow) posing with the IP women participants and summit organizers

As a response to the invitation of European Union (EU) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the EU-funded RESOURCEGov project, represented by its Project Manager, Jobe C. Tubigon, has graced as resource presenter to the IP Women’s Summit in Davao City on November 5, 2015. The Summit was organized by the IP MNCHN Project-Mindanao co-implemented by the NCIP, DOH and UNFPA and funded the European Union. The main objective of the Summit was to provide a venue for learning, sharing and discussion of issues covered in the IP MNCHN implementation among the IP women.

About 100 participants from different parts in Mindanao attended the Summit. Particularly, these include the IP women and key leaders from public health sector from Carmen of North Cotabato, Dumingag of Zamboanga del Sur, San Luis of Agusan del Sur, Montevista of Compostela Valley, and Sinuda of Bukidnon.

Complementing the “IP MNCHN Project”, the EU-funded RESOURCEGov project has shared significant inputs/experiences on Local Budget Process and popularized ODK-based Budget Tracking System during the Summit. The participants had acknowledged that they were not very involved in the local budget process and budget tracking, thus, they have appreciated the inputs especially on their emerging roles as CSO/IP sector in the local budget process/budget tracking. They were hoping that the ODK-based budget tracking system will be implemented in their areas to ensure that local budgets are properly monitored.

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PostHeaderIcon RESOURCEGov shares the ODK-based budget tracking system at DBM’s Orientation on CSO Participation in the Local Budget Process

Answering the invitation from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the RESOURCEGov Project represented by its Project Manager, Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, participated in the Orientation on the Participation of CSOs in the Local Budget Process on October 26-27, 2015 in Manila. The orientation was aimed at increasing the participation of CSOs in the local budget process by understanding and appreciating the emerging roles of CSOs in the various phases of the local budget process and the emerging tools/templates for each phase of the budget process.

Ms. Ma. Angelita Celis, Regional Director of DBM, Region V, discussing the emerging roles of CSOs in the local budget process

Ms. Ma. Angelita Celis, Regional Director of DBM, Region V, discussing the emerging roles of CSOs in the local budget process

Of the total 50 participants, there were only 32 select CSOs from the 8 regions in the Visayas and Mindanao who were invited by the DBM to participate in the activity. Each select CSO represented the province of their region. The rest of the participants were the Regional Directors/Resource Persons from the DBM and the EU Delegation to the Philippines. This activity is part of the 4-year EU-funded project, “Support to Local Government Units for More Effective and Accountable Public Financial Management (LGU PFM 2 Project)” implemented by the DBM in partnership with the Department of Finance (DOF), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

Complementing this “LGU PFM 2” initiative, the RESOURCEGov project also shared during the orientation the EU-funded ODK-based budget tracking system which is also aimed at increasing the participation of CSOs in monitoring government budgets and projects. The project presented the ODK-based monitoring system already customizing and integrating the Checklist of the LGU Compliance to the Local Budget Process. As part of the re-entry plan, the RESOURCEGov project has committed to popularize the utilization of the Checklist of the LGU Compliance to the Local Budget Process in project target LGUs using the ODK.

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PostHeaderIcon Forum on Entrepreneurial Leadership in Action and Maximizing Open Source Apps for Project Monitoring

The EU-funded RESOURCEGov Project implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with DILG-12, CSDO-SC and SPECTRUM, conducted a Forum on Entrepreneurial Leadership in Action and Maximizing Free/Open Source Apps for Revenue Generation and Budget/Project Monitoring on September 29-30, 2015 at Greenleaf Hotel, General Santos City. At least 130 participants from the EU Delegation to the Philippines, DILG 12, RPRAT, LPRAT, LGUs, business sectors, media (DXMD-RMN & 89.5 Brigada News FM), BDA, CSO networks, other EU-funded projects, lead/partner organizations of the RESOURCEGov project attended the said activity.

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Ms. Emily Mercado, Programme Manager of EU, rendering an inspiring message & pointing out the important roles of CSOs and local authorities in promoting good local governance

The Forum aims to: (a) present/showcase “Entrepreneurial Leadership in Action” for increased Local Revenue Generation (i.e. Economic Enterprises); (b) demonstrate Free/Open Source Applications/Systems for Revenue Generation/Tax Mapping, Budget Tracking and Project Monitoring (e.g. for BUB projects of participating line agencies) that are worth replicating by other line agencies, LGUs and development actors; (c) highlight the performance and initial best practices of the RESOURCEGov project that are worth considering/replicating by other development actors; and (d) develop the project’s updated action and financial plans.

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Mayor Reynaldo Tamayo, Jr. of Tupi, South Cotabato sharing about the best practices of LGU Tupi on Entrepreneurial Leadership and Economic Enterprise

Mayor Reynaldo Tamayo, Jr., The Municipal Mayor of Tupi, South Cotabato, one of the guest speakers shared the best practices of the Municipality of Tupi, South Cotabato in terms of Entrepreneurial Leadership anchored on the Economic Enterprise which inspired many of the participants including Hon. Ronaldo Pader, Mun. Vice Mayor of Libungan, N.C. and Hon. Sorupia, Mun. Mayor of Aleosan, N.C. In his message, Mayor Sorupia said, “With this forum, as a Local Chief Executive, I have widened my horizon and changed my paradigm for us to perform better in order to promote our local revenues because usually we rely in our IRA.”

Among other guest speakers were: (a) Ms. Emily Mercado, the Programme Manager from the EU Delegation to the Philippines; (b) Mr. Randolph Fleming, the VP and Managing Director of Dole Philippines, Inc.; (c) Ms. Josephine Leysa, Assistant Reg. Director of DILG-12; and (d) Mr. RV Vicerra, Project Coordinator of the Centrist Democracy Political Institute (CPDI).

Mr. Jobe Tubigon, RESOURCEGov Project Manager, presented the Fiscal performance of the Local Government Units (specifically the 8 LGUs as target areas of the project) using the Qlik Sense System, a monitoring tool for easier visualization of data and/or reports. Also, he presented the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) which is the enhanced version of the SIS of DILG for easy access, printing & codification of reports (ordinances, resolutions, profiles of SB members) and ODK-based monitoring/budget tracking system which is a free and open-source system helpful in managing data collections and/or surveys using a mobile android device.

On Day 2, the participants (per partner LGU) were able to finalize and present their action and financial plans for Year 3 of the RESOURCEGov project with assistance from the project team and DILG-12.

The RESOURCEGov project team together with partner LGUs, representatives from DILG XII and EU Delegation to the Philippines.

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PostHeaderIcon Assisting LGU Maasim benchmark Revenue Generation best practices of LGU Mati and LGU Tagum

 

photos; clockwise from top right: Mati Tourism Officer Dashiel Endelible Jr. on the tourism potentials of Dahican beach; and accompanies the team during the courtesy call at the residence of Mati Mayor Carlo Luis Rabat (in red polo shirt and shorts); the Team met with Mr. William Cayucot- Executive Assistant at the City Mayor's Office in Tagum ; and later visited economic enterprise areas such as the City Slaughterhouse.

Sarangani Province Empowerment and Community Transformation Forum, Inc. (SPECTRUM) being the implementer of the RESOURCEGov Project in  the municipalities of Malapatan and Maasim in Sarangani Province facilitated a learning cross visit on July 8-10, 2015  for key officials and personnel of the local government unit of Maasim to know more about the best practices in Good Governance/ Investment and Revenue Generation being  implemented in the local government of Mati, Davao Oriental and Tagum, Davao del Norte. The Team from LGU Maasim composed of 26  representatives from various offices/ departments of the LGU , was joined by five representatives from LGU Malapatan who also signified interest to join the learning exposure and four from SPECTRUM. The  Team was able to visit some of Mati City’s known Tourist destinations such as the Mati Baywalk facing the City Hall and with the majestic Pujada Bay as backdrop, the famous Dahican white sand beaches where the city government owned and managed Menzi beach is also located, the Dahican Marine Lives Conservation Project where sea turtle eggs are incubated and hatched, and later had a forum at the Blue Bless Resort with Mati City’s Tourism Officer and some SB Members sharing inputs on Mati City’s robust Tourism-based revenue generation. During the 2nd day of the exposure trip, the participants proceeded to  Tagum City where they had the chance to visit the City Slaughterhouse, the La Filipina Memorial Park/ Tagum City Public Cemetery, the City Public Terminal and City Public Market and later had a forum at the Golden palace Hotel with inputs on the City’s Economic Enterprise activities shared by the CLGOO and City Economic Enterprise Officer. The Team also had a chance to visit Tagum City’s night market which is also one of the city’s source of local revenues.

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PostHeaderIcon Empowering LGU Malapatan for improved , more effective and efficient Revenue Generation

 

Workshop participants and facilitators share experiences, insights, learning and reccommendations during the brainstorming session which paved the way for the crafting of the Revenue Generation Plan; and later posed for a souvenir photo with the SPECTRUM team and RESOURCEGov Project Manager Jobe Tubigon.

Key officials and personnel from the Local Government of Malapatan, along with representatives of civil society organizations came up with strategic activities geared towards the implementation of a  robust revenue generation and tax collection program after undergoing a Training-Workshop on Efficiency on tax Collection and Revenue Generation (using GIS-based tax mapping). The training held on June 24-26 at the East Asia Royale Hotel in General Santos City was facilitated by the Sarangani Province Empowerment and Community Transformation Forum (SPECTRUM) which co-implements the EU-funded RESOURCEGov Project in Malapatan and Maasim, Sarangani Province.  Inputs for the Training-Workshop were shared by Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon- RESOURCEGov Project Manager and Engr. Danny Pelias, Project Development Officer under the MPDO of LGU Polomolok who introduced the Open Data Kit GIS-based mapping which is being implemented in Polomolok.  The participants were able to identify the following strategies:  1. Invite both domestic and foreign investors, 2. Conduct an inventory of the taxable  products of Malapatan and improve identify those which are potentials for enhancement, 3. Explore other Tourist spots anchored on the fact that tourism generates income and revenues, 4. develop  the fisheries, boat landing and fish culture industries as these are sources of revenues 5. Intensify Information, Education and Communication efforts to convey the importance of religiously and correctly paying taxes, 6. lobby for the creation of an Economic Enterprise Office which will directly implement various projects and activities to raise local income. Read the rest of this entry »

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