PostHeaderIcon Mahintana Foundation Participates in 51st Asian Development Bank Annual Celebration

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Mahintana Foundation President and CEO, Martiniano L. Magdolot joined other Civil Society Organizations during the Asian Development Bank 51st Annual in Manila last May 2 to 4, 2018. Mr. Magdolot, being a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Peace & Equity Foundation (PEF), gave a talk on PEF’s social enterprise experience in addressing Philippine poverty in the forum for civil society organisations. During the activity, Mr. Magdolot also joined the orientation meeting of South Cotabato Governor Daisy A. Fuentes and Ms. Jennifer C. Bretaña, Provincial Planning Coordinator with Ms. Brittany Lane, the Program Manager of Open Government Program (OGP) International. The South Cotabato was recently accepted into the Open Government Program, the only province in the country   accepted into the international program this year.

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PostHeaderIcon LITS rolled-out to LGU New Bataan, Compostela Valley

CaptureOn May 4, 2018, the RESOURCEGov 2 Project, in partnership with Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC), conducted a LITS Orientation and Users’ Training to 29 participants coming from the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Office, Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDO), and Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO), and barangay representatives of LGU New Bataan. AADC representatives were also present.

The activity started with a quick round of introductions from the participants facilitated by Ms. Cherrylyn E. Dapiton, AADC Project Officer. During the introduction, the participants also expressed gratitude for being selected as beneficiary of the project. After, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, the project manager, conducted a brief project overview and then proceeded to the LITS Orientation. The participants learned the advantages and benefits of adopting LITS and appreciated the system during an actual demonstration of its functions. The LITS was successfully installed and networked in the SB Office, and a LITS project team in the LGU was created to ensure the use and timely uploading of the legislative documents to the system. According to Mr. Jun Carlow Viajante, the acting SB Secretary, and Hon. Larie Pagalan, Vice-Mayor of LGU New Bataan, the LITS would greatly help the SB Office in achieving its goal to have a computerized archiving of legislative documents, thus, becoming a paperless office. With the foreseen benefits they get from using the system, the LGU also intends to share the use of the system to all its barangays. The LGU is also looking forward for the upcoming training on the use of ODK and Qlik, both open-source applications, for project monitoring and budget tracking which will be rolled-out on June 4-6, 2018.

PostHeaderIcon Ceremonial Painting Activity of Landan Elementary School

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Being the school selected as the beneficiary of 5ingkowelahan Project for the year 2017, a ceremonial painting of the 2-classroom building was conducted in Landan Elementary School on May 2, 2018 attended by Mahintana representative, the LEAD Trio Presidents and officers (LEAD Salaried, LEAD.PH and LEAD-Calumpang) together with DCO MPC, Polo SN MPC, FARB MPC, and UEWMPC.

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As the rain poured down, the support of the Partner Donors and Cooperatives poured to the on-going construction of the building.  Furthermore, Barangay Captain Jerry Ante gave his thankful message for the continuous help to Landan Elementary School and Barangay Landan. This ceremonial activity was done to show the support of the partners to the school. The building will be turned over to the school on the opening of classes this June 2018.

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PostHeaderIcon DGP Homeowners attend Workshop on Values Review, Family Visioning and Management of Household Finances

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Mahintana Foundation, Inc. organized and facilitated the Dole Gawad Pag-ibig (DGP) Training and Workshop on Family Visioning, Values Orientation and Household Budgeting on February 24-25, March 3-4, March 10-11, March 24-25, April 7-9, and April 14-15, 2018 at Dole Pavilion and Training Room 3, Dolefil Gymnasium, Polomolok, South Cotabato and was attended by 222 DGP Homeowners. This series of training-workshop, funded by Dole Philippines, Inc. with the support of the LEAD Trio, aims to prepare the participants into achieving financial competence in managing their household income effectively and enable them to reflect on their Family and Community Vision and Goals.

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The members of the training team were Ms. Luzviminda Herezo, Ms. Liza D. Hora and Ms. Margie Managui as resource persons, and Ms. Mythel Faith Solis, Ms. Cristine Abayon, Mr. Raihan Solaiman, Mr. Jeric Amparo, Mr. Ramon Christopher Manero and Mr. Sonny Ageas as resource persons, all were from Mahintana Foundation Inc. including Ms. Yvonne Templonuevo as documenter.

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At the end of the 2-day training-workshop, the participants were able to realize, strategize and plan regarding household budgeting; realign personal and family values; and prioritize savings over expenses. Other recommendations agreed after the workshop include: to add a component on the common store which is “savings”, to improve the DGP community, for the participants to manage their money better and to invest in stocks/shares, to continue the plans formulated for the community nursery, to formulate regular schedule of meetings, to finalize the common store, and to maintain cleanliness and orderliness on the DGP housing.

 

 

PostHeaderIcon LGU RTR trained on LITS, ODK, and Qlik Systems

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The RESOURCEGov 2 Project team, in   partnership with MINCODE & PhilDHRRA, conducted a roll-out training of LITS, Qlik and ODK to LGU RTR, Agusan del Norte from April 23-26, 2018.

The Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) orientation and users’ training was held at the SB Hall of RTR on April 24, 2018 which was also participated by LGUs Malimono and Tubod of Surigao del Norte represented by their SB Secretaries and IT staff. All the participating LGUs, including the Vice-Mayor and SB Members were oriented about LITS and able to install it in their computers and successfully encoded/uploaded approved ordinances. The LGUs find the system very useful to properly recorrtrlits2d their legislative documents, and also the training as an avenue to properly understand how the system works and the advantages of using it. The LGUs expressed their gratitude to the project partners and EU for funding the activity which gave them the free LIT System. The LGUs are looking forward to attain their goal of having a paperless SB office soon. A total of 28 participants from the 3 LGUs and project staff joined the training.

On April 25, 2018, an ODK-based Tax Mapping and Monitoring was conducted to the staff of Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDO), Treasurers Office, Assessors Office, and Municipal Local Government Operation Officer (MLGOO) at the Big Daddy’s Hotel and Convention in Butuan City. The participants, grouped by departments, were oriented about ODK and using Kobotoolbox, were able to create an account and forms for their departmeheadernts. They have also conducted mock surveys on real property tax mapping, business inventory, and project monitoring, and were able to generate the data analysis thru graphs and maps after. The participants were also oriented on Qlik, a free business intelligence software, where they created an app with interactive graph to analyze the trend of their Statement of Receipts and Expenditures (SREs). On April 26, 2018, the same groups conducted an actual survey/monitoring to identified areas in LGU RTR. They were able to collect data using ODK and able to produce graphs and maps to analyze their data. The participants find ODK and Qlik as handy tools to collect & store data, and easily analyze them through charts, graphs, and maps. As for project monitoring, ODK and Qlik would help them in quickly generating reports whenever needed by the DILG office and for verification of past and current projects. A total of 18 representatives from the said offices actively participated in the activity.

PostHeaderIcon LITS Installation in LGUs Carmen, Kabacan, Matalam, Pikit, Midasayap and Pigcawayan (Cotabato Province)

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RESOURCEGov Project Officers Mr. Byron E. Delandrino and Mr. Kurt Jurgen Von D. Lumbao visited the Municipalities of Carmen, Kabacan, Matalam, Pikit, Midsayap and Pigcawayan, Cotabato Province for the actual Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) installation on April 17- 21, 2018. LITS was installed to a total of 18 computer units with the estimated cost of around Php 439,000.00 in the six (6) LGUs.

The LGUs were all grateful for the being beneficiaries of such project that will help them archive and monitor legislative documents better. Most of the municipalities purchased computer units and scanners for LITS use and are hoping for other systems that can be replicated in their LGUs through the RESOURCEGov project.

 

PostHeaderIcon Project and CSO Participation Monitoring in 6 Existing Areas in Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato Provinces

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RESOURCEGov 2 Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc visited the six (6) existing LGUs of Region 12 for the project and CSO participation monitoring on April 17-19, 2018. The said LGUs were Malapatan and Maasim in Sarangani Province President Quirino and Lambayong in Sultan Kudarat, and Aleosan and Libungan in Cotabato Province. The monitoring is the follow-through activity for the phase 2 of the project. It was also an opportunity for presenting brief project overview to the local chief executives (LCEs) and department heads.

Overall, the six (6) existing LGUs are very much excited for the RESOURCEGov2 project implementation. The LCEs are expressing their gratitude for the positive results of the  technical assistance that their municipalities received during the phase 1 of the project. The ODK/Qlik/LITS/CSIS systems proved to be helpful to them because of the increase in the local revenue and feedbacking of the LGU performance. Most of the LGUs also commented that their CSOs were actively participating in the LGUs during the phase 1 of the project. Strengthening the CSO desks and giving follow-through trainings will help the CSOs participate better especially in the local budget process.  The mayors committed their support to the project and hope that RESOURCEGov 2 project implementation be successful.

PostHeaderIcon Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Tagbina and Barobo, Surigao del Sur Undergo Training on Participation in the Local Budget Process and CSO Desk Strengthening & Accreditation

tagbia The RESOURCEGov 2 Project conducted a roll-out training and technical assistance on CSO Participation in the Local Budget Process and CSO Desk Strengthening & Accreditation to CSOs of LGUs Tagbina and Barobo  on April 18-19, 2019 at Surigao del Sur Polytechnic State University, Barobo, Surigao del Sur. The two-day training was implemented in partnership with MINCODE and Kasilak Development Foundation, Inc. which was attended by 49 participants including project staff, MLGOOs and the representatives from the two LGUs.

Mr. Samuel Ibalez, LGU Tagbina Secretary, graced the activity recognizing the importance of CSOs as partners of LGUs in knowing the needs of the community and its development. He also shared that the LGUs were grateful to be recipients of the EU-funded project and expects that thru the training, CSOs will be empowered in their roles. After a round of inttrainingroduction of the participants and the implementing organizations, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, the Project Manager, presented the project overview and rationale of conducting the activity. He also shared about ODK as an emerging tool for activity/project monitoring and also discussed the previous results of the 8 MLGUs of the RESOURCEGov 1 Project in terms of compliance to the budget process which showed that most are not aware and have not participated in the process before having the training. After, the CSOs learned about their roles in local governance during the discussion with Mr. Ian Reigh Elimanco, MLGOO of Tagbina. Mr. Elimanco also shared the Common Cases of Corruption in Government, followed by Ms. Jane Moreno, MLGOO of LGU Barobo, who discussed the CSO Accreditation Process and their participation in local special bodies (LSB). Mr. Jobe Tubigon, Mahintana Operations Manager, who has undergone the same training with the Department of Budget Management, discussed the CSO Participation in the Local Budget Process to the CSOs.

To know how the CSOs have participated in the local budget process of the LGUs, they were given the profile sheets and checklist of LGU’s compliance in the budget process. Analyzing the results of their answered checklist for both LGUs thru ODK, it sCapturehowed that most of the CSOs are not aware or have not participated in the process. The initial result of the profiling of CSOs in the two LGUs showed that only cooperatives and people’s organization are actively engaged with LGUs’ activities, and some are not yet accredited or have participated in LSBs. At the end of the activity, the CSOs expect themselves to meaningfully participate in the LSBs and exercise their roles in the budget process. They shared that the training was an avenue to strengthen their roles, equipped with right knowledge for participation, and become aware of new technology (ODK) to monitor projects/activities. A handbook on the CSO Participation in the Local Budget Process was distributed to the CSOs for their reference.

PostHeaderIcon Mahintana facilitates Technical Working Group Meeting on HEALTH Plus project implementation in Upper Valley Community Hospital.

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Mahintana Foundation, Inc. conducts the 1st Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting as part of the HEALTH Plus Project’s monitoring and evaluation of the performance of the HEALTH Plus Shop in a Shop outlet in Upper Valley Community Hospital (UVCH).   The meeting held on April 17, 2018 at Conference Room of the said hospital, was attended by Dr. Ana Marie Tuburan, the Chief of Hospital, Ms. Julie Bendita, the Hospital Administrator, Ms. Noemi Araguas, Hospital Pharmacist from UVCH and Ms. Margie S. Managuit, MFI-HEALTH Plus Project Manager and Ms. Normelita Lauron, Project Bookkeeper. The meeting started with the presentation of the financial performance of UVCH-HPSiS as of March 31, 2018. Ms. Managuit stated that Ms. Princess Jance, the HPSiS Pharmacy Assistant requested for 1 additional staff for the HPSiS. She added that this may be possibly as long as they reach breakeven daily sales of Php8,000.00.

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Dra. Tuburan stated that this is possible since the hospital pharmacy does not deliveries from the PLGU considering the long process of procurement and the deliveries may take a while.  Ms. Araguas stated that there are certain drugs, medicines and supplies that the HPSiS cannot provide and this is lost opportunity on their part, so she suggested for Ms. Jance to be assertive and aggressive in inventory management and to actively communicate her concerns to the PPF Supply Chain Section.  Ms. Managuit agreed on the recommendation.  Summary of the key agreements after the two-hour meeting are as follows:: 1. For HPSiS to stock drugs. Medicines and supplies especially those fast moving items since the hospital pharmacy is currently experiencing stock outs due to long procurement process; 2. For HPSiS to hire one additional Pharmacy Assistant; 3. For HPSiS to email the list of fast-moving items to PPF; 4. For UVCH c/o Pharmacist to handle the fabrication of counter for the pharmacy as per their request;

PostHeaderIcon Partnership Exploratory Meeting with Coca Cola Foundation and AF Mindanao SOCSARGEN Cluster

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Mahintana Foundation Inc. hosted the Partnership Exploratory Meeting with Coca Cola Foundation and Association of Foundations (AF) Mindanao SOCSARGEN Cluster on April 5, 2018 at Kalsangi Club House. The meeting was attended by Coca Cola Foundation, Inc. President Ms. Cecile Alcantara and Program Manager Ms. Monina Pacheco, RD Foundation, Inc. AVP & Executive Director (AF VP-Mindanao) Mr. Ryan Vidanes, Conrado & Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation, Inc. AVP & Executive Director Mr. Don Magtulis, Sarangani Province Empowerment Consortium for Commmunity Transformation Forum (SPECTRUM) Provincial Coordinator Mr. Dennis Matt Callo, Coalition of Social Development Organizations in South Cotabato (CSDO-SC) Provincial Coordinator Ms. Jovelyn Vilbar, Tribal Leaders Development Foundation, Inc. & CSDO-SC Chairperson Executive Director Mr. Dennis Librado, OND-HESED Foundation Inc. Representative Ms. Baby Jane, Sarangani Province Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Mr. Rolando Tuballes, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. President & CEO Mr. Martiniano  Magdolot and Admin & Finance Officer Ms. Liza Hora. The body identified collaboration opportunities with Coca-Cola Foundation Inc.’s programs such as water projects and World Without Waste (environmental clean-up).

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