RESOURCEGov Project supports CSO Conference in Lake Sebu

The RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc attended the CSO Conference and Selection Representatives to the Local Special Bodies (LSBs) on August 20, 2019 at El Galong Waterpark Resort, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. The activity was attended by 37 participants (Male 17, Female 20). The CSO conference aims to encourage and assist the CSOs in the accreditation process and pre-select possible representatives to the LSBs.

MPDO Engr. Rex Salvador-Espigar gave the opening remarks saying that the CSOs’ participation is very important to the LGUs for they are part of the catalyst of change and that they must be seen as “helpers” rather than “kontra-gobyerno” or against the government. He also presented the schedule of the accreditation process. MLGOO Ms. Maria Fe Soto presented a video “Bantay Korapsyon” that discusses the government’s efforts against corruption encouraging the citizens to change themselves and be part of the change. She then presented the Relevance of Participatory Governance. DILG South Cotabato Community Development Officer Mr. Ruel Tuble, also former RESOURCEGov Project Officer, shared the Code-Mandated Avenues and discussed the different local special bodies which can be participated by CSOs. During the presentation, the CSOs raised questions about the members of Local School Board, the Special Education Fund (SEF) and other concerns showing their interest in participating in the LSBs. After, SB Secretary Mr. Rene T. Landayong presented the Guidelines for CSO Accreditation. He said that accreditation necessary to be recognized by the LGU and can participate to the LSBs. In the afternoon, the MLGOO Ms. Soto, CSO Desk Designate Ms. Nenita Kinan and Mr. Tuble facilitated the pre-selection of possible representatives to the LSBs.

Tampakan CSOs select representatives for the Local Special Bodies

Representing the RESOURCEGov Project, Project Bookkeeper Ms. Jovelyn L. Vilbar attended the CSO Conference and Selection of CSO Representatives to the Local Special Bodies on August 8, 2019 at the Municipal Conference Room, Municipal Bldg., Tampakan, South Cotabato attended by 67 participants (Male 39, Female 28). The activity aims to guide the CSOs in the accreditation process, learn the importance of the local CSO network and relevance of participatory governance, and select the CSO representatives for specific local special bodies.

The activity started with preliminaries. Municipal Administrator Ms. Minihaha D. Escobillo, LLB gave the opening remarks and MLGOO Ms. Marijovy Manzano presented the objectives and schedule of activities. The MLGOO also discussed about the Critical Importance of Participatory Governance. DILG 12 Community Development Officer Mr. Ruel Tuble, one of the project officers of RESOURCEGov Phase 1, shared the topics on Codal Avenues of Participation and Relevance of Local CSO Network. He emphasized that a network is important because it can help achieve common goals faster and better. He said that there is strength in numbers when it comes to working towards the goal. He also shared that participatory government is promoted, thus, CSOs are encouraged to be accredited and join the local special bodies such as the Local Development Council, Local School Board, Local Health Board, Bids and Awards Committee, Local Peace and Order Council, and People’s Law Enforcement Board. Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Hon. Collado Domingo presented the Guidelines on LGU Accreditation. At the end of the presentations, the body selected the representatives to the local special bodies.

Invitation for Bids

Access to Sustainable Energy in the Philippines (ASEP)
Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) Project

Contract Title:        

Solar Home Systems (SHS) for Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) Project, Mindanao, Philippines, SOCOTECO II and SUKELCO

Reference No.:        

SOLARES-SHS-19-01

1. Mahintana Foundation, Inc. has received grant funds from the European Union for the implementation of the Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) Project, Philippines, and intends to apply part of the funds toward payments under the contract for Solar Home System.

2. Mahintana Foundation, Inc. now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the supply and installation supervision of 5,000 Solar Home Systems (SHS) units in the service areas of the South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SOCOTECO II) and Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SUKELCO) located in Provinces of Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. These SHS units are to be installed in accordance with program milestones. No margin of domestic preference shall be applied for this procurement. However, bidders should already have Lighting Global (LG) verified solar products or as stated within the Bidding Documents to be technically qualified to participate.

3. Bidding will be conducted through the International Open Bidding (IOB) procedures as specified in the European Union’s Guidelines/Practical Guide: Procurement and Grants for European Union External Actions [Applicable as of 2 August 2018] (“Procurement Guidelines”), and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the Procurement Guidelines. In addition, please refer to Instruction to Bidders (ITB) subsections 3.9., 5.1.and 5.2 of the Bidding Document setting forth the policy on conflict of interest, corrupt and fraudulent practices.

4. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from Mahintana Foundation, Inc., at www.mahintana.org and inspect the bidding documents during office hours, 0900 to 1600 hours MNL time, at the address given below.

5. A complete set of bidding documents in English may be purchased by interested eligible bidders upon the submission of a written application to the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of EUR 900. The method of payment will be by check or cash deposit to RCBC (French Street, Polomolok, South Cotabato) EURO Account 8-562-00159-0 in the name of Mahintana Foundation, Inc.

6. The document will be sent by express courier to a requested address or collected at the address given below.

7. A Pre-bid meeting shall be held on 22 August 2019, 1 PM, at the address below and shall be open only to those that have purchased a complete set of bidding document

8. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before 1:00 PM of 30 September 2019. Electronic bidding will not be permitted. Late bids will be rejected. Bids will be publicly opened in the presence of the bidder’s designated representatives who choose to attend at the address below at 1:00 PM of 30 September 2019.

9. All bids must be accompanied by a “Bid-Securing Declaration” following the prescribed form included in Section IV, Bidding Forms, of the Bidding Documents.

10. The address referred to for inspection of bidding documents and collection of purchased bidding documents is:

Mahintana Foundation, Inc.

Attn: The SOLARES Project Manager

Cannery Housing, Cannery Site, Polomolok,

South Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines

Tel: +63 (083) 500-8434

11. The address referred to for pre-bid meeting, submission and public opening of bids is:

MFI Conference Room,

Mahintana Foundation, Inc.

Cannery Housing, Cannery Site,

Polomolok, South Cotabato,

Mindanao, Philippines

Mahintana and SRC host the 6th Alay Gabay Para Maginhawang Buhay Golf Tourney

In celebration to their 42nd Anniversary, Mahintana Foundation Inc. and Sarangani Resources Corporation (SRC) kicked off its celebratory month with a thanksgiving mass on August 2, 2019 held at Jesus, the Good Shepherd Parish, Cannery Site, Polomolok, and hosted the 6th Alay Gabay Para sa Maginhawang Buhay Invitational Golf Tournament on August 3-4, 2019 at Kalsangi Golf Course, Polomolok. The golf tournament was participated by 81 players and raised around Php 1.5M that is aimed to purchase wheelchairs to be distributed to differently-abled persons in SOCSKSARGEN. The fund-raising activity has four Gold, 31 Silver, 12 Bronze, and 21 participating sponsors.

Dole Vice President for Quality, New Product Development and Sustainability Mr. Harlan Sunada, Dole Industrial Planning Director Mr. Yohei Kajikawa and Consultant to the DENR Regional Director Mr. Moy Saruang showed off during the ceremonial tee-off on Sunday morning, August 4.

Mahintana President & CEO Mr. Martiniano Magdolot delivered the opening remarks, thanking the sponsors and players for supporting the tournament. Dole Vice President & Managing Director Mr. Randy Fleming gave his message of support and expressed his gratitude for such eye-opening opportunities that also engage the community.

Winners of the tournament are as follows:

  Class AB Class C Class D
Champion Sanny Boy
Paloma
Arnold Guerrero Yohei Kajikawa
1st Runner Up Roel Palaca Diosdado
Ordanza
Jason Calderon
2nd Runner Up Louie Perez Ronald Gumawa Gabriel Santos

From 2008 to 2016, Alay Gabay Para sa Maginhawang Buhay has already distributed a total of 3,375 wheelchairs from golf tournament proceeds of Php 6.46M.

Below are our dear sponsors:

RESOURCEGov Team orients the new LCEs of Malapatan and Maasim

RESOURCEGov Team conducted courtesy visits to the newly elected local chief executives (LCEs) LGUs Malapatan and Maasim in the Province of Sarangani on July 31, 2019 attended by 13 participants (Male 4, Female 9). The activity aims to orient the LCEs, their staff and CSO desk/focal person of the on-going project being implemented in the said municipalities and discuss activities aligned to the project’s goals.

In LGU Malapatan, MLGOO Ms. Maria Fritzie Español ushered Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc to the municipal mayor’s office. In the absence of the mayor, Municipal Administrator Ms. Mayette Suib convened department heads, SB staff and CSO desk officer to attend the project orientation. In the afternoon, the team traveled to LGU Maasim and met the new mayor Hon. Zyrex Pacquiao and his Executive Secretary Mr. Ronald Carmelotes for a short project overview. The mayor assigned Mr. Carmelotes as the focal person for the project. Also, the team met with the CSO Desk Officer Ms. Jean Allera and active CSO representative Ms. Josephine Solidad to discuss on the upcoming CSO accreditation and what the project can do to assist the CSOs.

RESOURCEGov Project trains DSWD-ABSNET South Cotabato Cluster

Initiated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 12, RESOURCEGov Team conducted Open Data Kit (ODK) Training for the Areas-Based Standard Network (ABSNET) South Cotabato Cluster on July 30, 2019 at Hotel 105, Koronadal City.  The training aims to help the network make their own profiling and monitoring forms in the ODK System for easier data collection and consolidation. The 19 participants (Male 4, Female 15) were from DSWD 12 and the member non-government organizations (NGOs) and people organizations (POs) including the project team. ABSNET is a network of non-government organizations, people organizations and local government units licensed and accredited by the DSWD.

ABSNET Regional President Ms. Ann Rabang gave the welcome address encouraging for the members to help other NGOs and POs to get their DSWD license and be part of the united network to work as partners of the LGUs. Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker presented the project overview and started the training proper. He guided the participants throughout the Build-Collect-Aggregate process to generate their own ODK-based forms. The challenge during the training was the very slow internet connection of the hotel, thus, instead of presenting their outputs, Mr. Blanker asked the participants about their impression of the ODK System and of the training. Most of the participants commented that the system will be very useful for their respective organizations in terms of monitoring. They also said that the training is very informative.

Project Team undergoes Qlik Refresher Training

As one of the key agreements of the 5th PIT Meeting for the Regions 11 & 13 areas, the RESOURCEGov Project Team staff of MINCODE and member networks underwent the Qlik refresher training during their updating meeting on July 26, 2019 at Kasilak Development Foundation Inc., Belisario Heights Subd., Davao City. The training, facilitated by Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, was attended by 10 participants (Male 4, Female 6).

After the short background of the Qlik System and tutorial, the project staff from MINCODE, Kasilak, AADC and PhilDHRRA project were able to make graphs of the Statement of Receipts and Expenditures (SREs) of their respective LGUs and tried to analyze the data presented. They also discussed how and when to present such data to the Municipal Treasurer’s and Assessor’s Offices before presenting to the local chief executives. For the admin and finance officers, they were able to see the expenses incurred per line item for certain period, thus, they were able to draw out conclusions on which line items are not moving.

RESOURCEGov Project conducts its 7th joint PIT-PMT Meeting

The RESOURCEGov Team met in preparation for the 7th Joint PIT-PMT Meeting on July 25, 2019 at Go Hotels, Lanang, Davao City attended by 50 participants (Male 24, Female 26). The meeting aims not only to update the team of the accomplishment and discuss the issues and concerns in the project implementation, but also, to welcome and orient the newly installed Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) and the new local chief executives and their representatives about the project.

The meeting was facilitated by Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker. Mahintana President & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot welcomed the participants and gave a short history of the project conceptualization. DILG partners gave messages of support, all of them, new to the project team. DILG 11 Assistant Regional Director Atty. Abdullah V. Matalam, Maasim MLGOO Mr. Melencio Balanag, Jr. for DILG 12 and Tagbina MLGOO Mr. Roel Camba represented and spoke in behalf of their respective regional directors. The minutes of the 6th Joint PIT-PMT Meeting was reviewed, corrected and approved by the body, and business arising were raised and discussed. To update the body, Mr. Blanker presented a short project overview and the project accomplishments to date including the upcoming activities that will assist the CSOs in the accreditation process. Project Admin and Finance Officer Ms. Wilma C. Jumilla presented the project financial updates. Queries were raised and answered accordingly. For a more innovative way to update the body MINCODE Executive Director and Project Coordinator Ms. Raizsa Mae Anayatin facilitated a workshop session that aims for the participants to; a) recognize the project’s contributions to local governance; b) acknowledge the lessons learned in overcoming challenges in the course of the project implementations; and c) identify possible ways to sustain or build on the gains from the project. After the session, the body gained insights on the partners’ perspectives and takeaways from the project. Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC) Executive Director Ms. Agnes Bolaños gave the closing remarks. The agreed schedule for the Year 2 Annual Review is on October 24-25, 2019.

LGU Antipas adopts ODK-based Real Property Tax Mapping

The RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project Officer Mr. Kurt Jurgen Von D. Lumbao conducted Real Property Tax Mapping Orientation for LGU Antipas on July 22-24, 2019 at HOF Mansion Inn, Kidapawan City with a total of 30 participants (Male 8, Female 22). The activity is in collaboration with Action Against Hunger (ACF) as the pilot LGU for the expansion areas of Region 12. The 4-day activity involved the ODK and Tableau Trainings, creation of the ODK-based real property tax mapping form and simulation of the RPTax mapping in Brgy. Magsaysay.

LGU Antipas is one of the five LGUs assisted by ACF in it EU-funded project namely Empowered Participatory Governance towards Progress in North Cotabato Communities. The implementation of the RPTax Mapping in LGU Antipas was launched in July 18, 2019 and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Mahintana, ACF and the LGU to serve as guidelines in implementing the project.

HEALTH Plus and Nutripan eyeing project expansion in Lake Sebu

Mahintana Foundation Inc., specifically the HEALTH Plus and Nutripan Projects, was invited to present the said projects in a consultation meeting organized by the Municipal Health Office (MHO) of Lake Sebu on July 23, 2019 at Dolores Lake Resort, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. This meeting aims to discuss the establishment of the HEALTH Plus and Nutripan Projects that will help address the limitations of health-related services of the municipality.

During her opening remarks, Lake Sebu MHO Head Dr. Jocelyn Bayquin expressed her gratitude for the active partnership with Mahintana and shared her hopes that while the HEALTH Plus and Nutripan Projects will help address health issues, it will also generate employment in the locality. HEALTH Plus Project Manager Ms. Margie Managuit and Nutripan Project Coordinator presented the respective projects. A Technical Working Group and a Municipal Management Committee were organized for better project planning and implementation.