SOLARES Team attends the Solar PV Mainstreaming Project Joint Meeting

The SOLARES project staff headed by Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Project Manager, participated in the Solar PV Mainstreaming Project Joint Meeting/Window 2 Design Workshop held at Socoteco II Seminar Hall in General Santos City on February 26, 2019. The purpose of the workshop was to review the Solar Home System (SHS) or Photovoltaic (PV) Mainstreaming Window I implementation experience in Mindanao and identify lessons learned to simplify and improve SHS Window II implementation. PV Mainstreaming is a Department of Energy (DoE) initiative, supported by the World Bank’s Access to Sustainable Energy in the Philippines (ASEP) Programme.

Electric Cooperatives (ECs) presented their Window I experiences on the preparation, procurement, marketing, installation & verification phases. The group were also able to brainstorm together and complement actions to improve its mechanics for Window II.  It was also an opportunity for Mahintana to harmonize the SHS technical design/specifications, the target areas and sustainability mechanisms of PVM with the SOLARES project.

World Bank Consultant Mr. Ian Driscall presented the Renewable Energy for Rural Electrification (RE4RE) system, a GIS platform developed to strengthen the impact of electrification projects fostering access to electrical services. The platform makes information available to aid in decision making on energy-related projects and monitoring the progress of ongoing projects.

The attendees were key staff and officers from different Electric Coops (ECs) namely: SUKELCO, FIBECO, COTELCO, Socoteco II, DASURECO and BUSECO. Also present were representatives from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Yamog organization, National Electrification Administration (NEA) and Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF).

SOLARES Project facilitated Meeting with DoE, World Bank and EU Delegation

Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) Project, a 3-year EU-funded project in partnership with Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), facilitated the Coordination and Harmonization Meeting held at Hotel Esse, Davao City on February 21, 2019. Among the attendees are Ms. Carol Maningo from EU Delegation, Mr. Ian Driscall from World Bank, Mr. Douglas Liner from the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP) and Ms. Shunie Pearl Palacios from PEF. Also present were representatives and management staff from the Department of Energy (DoE), MINDA, SUKELCO and SURECO. The meeting was an avenue for stakeholders to share solar-related project experiences and for Mahintana to harmonize initiatives to implement SOLARES Project successfully.

SOLARES Project Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon presented the target areas and beneficiaries, the project framework, the solar home system (SHS) design options, and the project implementation plan. Discussions included concerns such as the target areas’ accessibility, the SHS specification options, the livelihood programs, electrification, the procurement processes, the installation of the solar load vending stations, and the sustainability of the project. With the inputs given by the group, Mahintana noted replicable existing systems and will consult EU for major amendments in the project concept. EU Programme Officer Ms. Carol Maningo stated that the project may be overwhelming, yet, it can be beneficial to Mahintana, and the partners, esp. the beneficiaries. DoE Director Mr. Mario Marasigan encouraged the body to work together for the total electrification of the off-grid in Region 12 and ARMM through the provision of SHS.

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. recognized in the South Cotabato SOPA 2019

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. President & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot was invited to attend the South Cotabato State of the Provincial Address (SOPA) delivered by Governor Daisy P. Avance-Fuentes on February 18, 2019 at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center. The SOPA focused on Good Governance, Value Chain-approach to Agriculture & Tourism, Infrastructure Development, R2R Approach and Biodiversity Conversation, DDR-CCA, and Convergence Approach to Social Services Delivery.

As an existing partner of the provincial government of South Cotabato in many years, Gov. Daisy acknowledged the efforts and participation of Mahintana in implementing programs in promoting:  a) advancing a culture of integrity through the South Cotabato Integrity Circle (SCIC); b) transparent and participatory governance through Open Government Participation (OGP) commitments; c) poverty reduction through converging initiatives; and d) excellent and accessible health care services.

SCIC was recognized by Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) as one of the five 2018 Best Government Practices. Mr. Magdolot sits as the Vice Chairperson of SCIC. Second, Mahintana’s commitment to the South Cotabato OGP are the Open Monitoring and Open Legislation through the foundation’s RESOURCEGov Project. For the Open Monitoring, the Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC) is assisted by the project to make ODK-based forms for paperless project monitoring. The South Cotabato Sangguniang Panlalawigan uses the LITS to archive legislative documents as action for the Open Legislation Commitment. Moreover, the Province of South Cotabato was recognized as the Most Innovative Province for the Convergence Program for Poverty Reduction. For the health services, the province is identifies as the pilot province in Region XII by the department of Health (DOH) to establish the Service Delivery Network (SDN).

Mahintana and ANSA-EAP conduct Peer Learning Dialogue on OGP Commitments

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Open Government Partnership (OGP) Partnerships & Events Consultant for Asia Pacific Ms. Ivy Ong facilitated the meeting of its OGP Partners, the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP), for a peer learning experience regarding their OGP commitments. The two parties agreed to communicate through teleconference call on February 18, 2019, 10:30AM.

Mahintana Operations Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc attended the teleconference call with ANSA-EAP Executive Director Mr. Redempto “Don” Parafina. Each party introduced their respective organizations and the programs and projects implemented by their organizations. ANSA-EAP, according to Mr. Don, works with projects about the governance particularly in citizen’s participation through technology. Mr. Blanker shared the programs of Mahintana focusing on the RESOURCEGov Project under the Institution-building & Governance Program. He said that Mahintana supports the OGP South Cotabato in Open Monitoring and Open Legislation using the Open Data Kit (ODK) and Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS).  On the other hand, Mr. Parafina shared the CheckMySchool app, an issue-based app that can be used as a reporting tool regarding issues and concerns of schools in the Philippines. Issues such as deficiencies in schools/classrooms to be fixed, frequent absences of teachers, etc. can be reported through the app. After the discussion, the parties agreed to coordinate for the updates in the OGP commitments to be met by each organization.

Nutripan BREAD Launches KNCHS-SHS Technical Learning Resource Center

KNCHS-SHS Technical Learning Resource Center -Nutripan BREAD

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., through its Nutripan BREAD Project Lutheran World Relief and Dole Philippines Inc. and in partnership with the Provincial Nutrition Office and LGU Koronadal, South Cotabato, successfully launched the school-managed Technical Learning Resource Center (TLRC) at the Koronadal National Comprehensive High School- Senior High School (KNCHS-SHS) on February 12, 2019. It was attended by guests from the Department of Education, Dole Philippines, Inc., Lutheran World Relief, Mahintana Foundation Inc., LGU Koronadal, Provincial Capital of South Cotabato, teachers and students of KNCHS. The Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Partnership Agreement between parties also took place.

The launching started with a welcome address given by the Senior High School-Assistant Principal for Academics Mr. Fernando Nequinto. Mahintana Admin & Finance Officer Ms. Liza D. Hora gave the brief history of Nutripan BREAD.

During the turnover of responsibility, Dolefil Assisting & Managing Director Mr. Jorge Paez shared that KNCHS is the 1st in Mindanao to have an immersion center for SHS students and hopes that the school will sustain the project. KNCHS Principal Mr. Valentin Dignadice, Jr. accepted the responsibility saying that not all schools were given such opportunity to manage a public-private partnership project. He guaranteed the support to the TLRC as this is addressing the need of the school’s work immersion center.

Lutheran World Relief Country Manager Ms. Femia Baldeo expressed her appreciation to successful launching of the TLRC-Nutripan BREAD that sustains and continue the project’s milestone, at the same time, supporting the DepEd K to 12 Curriculum. The program proceeded to the Signing of the MOA and Partnership Agreement for the KNCHS-SHS Technical Learning Resource Center-Nutripan BREAD witnessed by teachers, students and representatives from DepEd. Following the signing is the ribbon-cutting ceremony by Ms. Liza Hora, Mr. Jorge Paez, Ms Femia Baldeo and Mr. Valentin Dignadice. Fr. Edgar de Juan conducted the blessing of the building, bakery staff and the delivery van.

This initiative is in support the Department of Education (DepEd) K to 12 by addressing the need of a TLRC and in support to Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013. It will serve as an immersion center for bread and pastry production with 7,520 students enrolled in Junior High School and 2,364 students enrolled in Senior High School. Moreover, it supports the ABM, STEM and HUMSS strands given the social entrepreneurship component and increase economic opportunities of students by establishing public and private partnership to support the DepEd K to12 curriculum.

BREAD stands for Business for Rural Economy and Agriculture Development.

Mahintana Participates in the Consultative Workshop on Mindanao Social Development Program Strategy and Poverty Reduction

As private sector representative of the Regional Development Council XII and active CSO partner of MinDA in Mindanao, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., participated in the Consultative Workshop on Mindanao Social Development Program Strategy and Poverty Reduction on February 11-12, 2019 at The Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City.  Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Program Manager, represented Mahintana during the 2-day activity. The activity was aimed at enhancing the draft concept and ensuring a more inclusive and responsive intervention for the crafting of a Program Strategy on Mindanao Social Development and Poverty Reduction anchored on the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 and the Mindanao 2030. At least 50 key representatives from the donor agencies (i.e. World Bank), national government agencies, local government units, academe, civil society organizations and business/private sector participated in the event.

During panel presentation on Education, Training, and Employment Policies, Programs and Priorities in Mindanao, Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay of DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment shared the JobsFit 2022 Labor Market Information Report enumerating the industries that will create jobs in and skills need for the future. OIC Deputy Director General Gaspar S. Gayona of TESDA shared TESDA’s directions and responses on skills development. He emphasized the importance of “AGILITY” for TVET for Global Competitiveness, “SCALABILITY” for TVET for Job-Readiness, and “FLEXIBILITY and SUSTAINABILITY” for TVET for Social Equity. On Education Policies for Mindanao, Ms. Takiko Igarashi, Education Specialist, World Bank Manila, shared the opportunities for Mindanao’s education. She said that education has great promise, but too often it does not deliver. Mr. Pablo Acosta, Senior Economist, World Bank Manila, shared World Bank’s policy priorities for employment programs. Dr. Nilo B. Oponda, Ph.D. UP Mindanao, shared UP’s views on how to strengthen Industry-Academe Partnership on Workforce Development. He stressed that job-skill mismatch is one of the top 3 concerns of employers. He cited the reasons and solutions to the said problem. Executive Director Rolando Torres, Mindanao Business Council, shared some recommendations for the Industry – Academe Areas for Possible Intensified Cooperation. One of which is the  Local Entrepreneurship in Curriculum – upscaling of entrepreneurial know-how, cross-skilling thru trainings and short courses on other trades, developing Enterprising Professionals, and development coping mechanisms to sustain businesses.

After the panel presentation, Mr. Tubigon participated in the workshop on Workforce Protection and Welfare (Social Protection). He suggested to MinDA and the concerned line agencies such as SEC, NBI, and DOLE to look into the emerging investment schemes in the Region that offered quick returns but have compromised/affected the skill labor requirements of agro-industrial industries and service sector

KAPWA Foundation, Inc. Connects with Mahintana for Networking and ODK Troubleshooting

Meeting with KAPWA Foundation Inc. and ODK Troubleshooting

The RESOURCEGov 2 Project thru its Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and MINCODE Project Officer Ms. Myra Gazo, met with KAPWA Foundation on February 9, 2019 in their office at Davao City to share about the ODK initiatives of the project, collaborate in popularizing ODK in the region, and assist the latter with ODK problems they have encountered. Represented by Ms. Alma de La Paz, KAPWA Foundation Executive Director, the KAPWA officers shared their utilization of ODK in profiling their farmer beneficiaries. However, KAPWA uses the first and original version of ODK wherein they ran into problems in uploading the gathered data. Worried about losing around 500 survey profiles, and with the hope of resolving their ODK uploading issues, KAPWA then coordinated with MINCODE and Mahintana upon knowing that the said CSOs were rolling-out ODK in Regions 11, 12 and 13. The RESOURCEGov Team conducted the troubleshooting and found out that the uploading issue is an internal server problem which cannot be resolved given the server’s storage limit and lack of server-side technical support. The issue was addressed by allowing KAPWA to create an account with Kobotoolbox.org, the ODK version which Mahintana uses. The RESOURCEGov team also helped them how to technically format their collected ODK data to make it Kobotoolbox-compatible, and migrate the data to their Kobotoolbox account. KAPWA successfully migrated all their collected farmers profile and was able to generate the summary report of their profiling activities. Their profiling team appreciated the user-friendliness of Kobotoolbox over the original ODK version which compelled them to use Kobotoolbox version in the continuation of their profiling activities. The KAPWA foundation has expressed their gratitude to the RESOURCEGov 2 Project and is looking forward for more collaboration with the project group in advocating the use of ODK for transparent, accountable, and participative local governance.               

RESOURCEGov conducts its 5th PIT-PMT Meeting and Unveiling of Billboards in LGUs Tagbina and Barobo

 

RESOURCEGov conducted its 5th PIT-PMT Meeting on February 7, 2019 at LGU Tagbina Seminar Hall, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur. On the same day, the Unveiling of the RESOURCEGov Billboards in LGU Tagbina and LGU Barobo was conducted. The activities were attended by 61 participants (Male 35, Female 26) from the RESOURCEGov Team, the DILG 11, 12 & 13, LGU partners of Regions 11 and 13.

The Unveiling of RESOUREGov Billboard Ceremony in LGU Tagbina was attended by Mun. Mayor Hon. Generoso Naraiso and his staff. Messages were given by Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, Kasilak Executive Director Mr. Joemil Montebon, MINCODE Executive Director Ms. Raizsa Anayatin, and was responded by the municipal mayor after the unveiling of the billboard. The 5th PIT-PMT Meeting was then held in LGU Tagbina Seminar Hall followed by fellowship lunch sponsored by the host LGU. In the afternoon, the different offices who utilised the ODK, Qlik and LITS Systems presented the advantages and recommendations in using the systems. After the short presentation, the participants visited the department offices of LGU Tagbina particularly the SB Office, the MPDO, the Assessor’s and Treasurer’s Offices.  The participants traveled to LGU Barobo for the unveiling of RESOURCEGov Billboard in the said municipality. A short program prior to the activity was held where the Mun. Mayor Hon. Joey S. Pama and Hon. Vice-Mayor Allan Bernal expressed their gratitude and support to the project implementation in Barobo. DILG Provincial Director for Surigao del Sur Mr. Pedrito Alacaba shared that the systems rolled-out by the project are helpful to the municipalities. The billboard was then unveiled.

The RESOURCEGov Billboard is one of the visibility actions of the project. For the Phase 2, the 6 LGU partners in Regions 11 & 13 are set to unveil the billboards this year.

 

 

UEWMPC Celebrates its 27th Anniversary through a Tree Growing Activity

In celebration of the Unified Engineering Workers MPC (UEWMPC) 27th Anniversary with the theme “Save a Tree, Plant a Tree and Grow a Tree: For a Cleaner, Greener and Healthier Community”, UEWMPC held a tree growing activity at 108F Field gully, Brgy. Maligo, Polomolok, South Cotabato on February 2, 2019. A total of 500 hills of Bamboo and assorted forest and fruit trees were planted along the field gully and at the perimeter area of the hill beside the gully. 250 bayug bamboo  were planted at the barren area at least 5 meters away from the gully bank while the forest and fruit trees (acle, hagakhak and guyabano) were planted at the perimeter area of the compound. Monthly maintenance will be conducted by the coop’s assigned personnel.