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.