RESOURCEGov monitors the OGP Commitments of South Cotabato

The RESOURCEGov 2 Project convened with its Provincial LGU counterparts in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitments of South Cotabato on April 30, 2019. Held at the Provincial Planning and Development Office – South Cotabato, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, the RESOURCEGov2 Project Manager facilitated the updating of Open Monitoring & Evaluation commitment. A total of 9 individuals (5 Male, 4 Female) attended the activity.

The team accomplished the following: updating of the ODK-based project monitoring forms of the province, linked the PPMC monitoring results to the RESOURCEGov 2 ODK account, integrated the website recommendations of the South Cotabato Integrity Circle, developed an ODK-based citizen satisfaction and feedback form, patterned the feedback form based on the feedback requirement of the DevLive app, and updated the official provincial government website of South Cotabato together with the Public Information Office (PIO). Aside from meeting the OGP Commitments, this activity is also a preparation to the regular meeting of the Provincial Project Monitoring Committee of South Cotabato on May 2, 2019 where Mahintana, through the project, provides technical assistance. As to date, the LITS has been installed and there is a pending staff orientation about the system due to elections. Aside from the LITS, the team agreed to schedule the setup of the livestream SP sessions as one of the deliverables of the Open Legislation commitment.

SOLARES conducts Project Orientation and Consultation Meeting with the Local MFIs

On April 24, 2019, the Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) project team facilitated a Consultation Meeting/Project Orientation together with local Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)held at Dolefil Kalsangi Clubhouse, Polomolok, South Cotabato. Representatives from five (5) MFIs namely: (1) KPS-SEED; (2) MDFI; (3) Sta. Cruz MPC; (4) KIMEMCO; and (5) Bacbacan MPC were in attendance. The purpose of the activity was to present the project overview and opportunities for future partnership and to gain the full support and engagement of the local MFIs.

Through Skype video conferencing, Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) Project Coordinator Ms. Shunie Pearl Palacion, shared about PEF’s history and overview as a development financing organization engaged in the promotion and development of social enterprises. She also talked about partnership guidelines & requirements and answered the queries and concerns of the attendees. SOLARES Project Manager presented the SOLARES project overview/framework, Solar Home System technical design/specs, operational flowchart, and project management and implementation plan. He emphasized that the MFI’s role to provide access to livelihood support to household beneficiaries of the project to help improve their income opportunities and capacity to pay for the maintenance fees of SHS systems. 

Project Officer Engr. Jose Jerry Tayactac initiated the demonstration of the Solar Home System (SHS) and explained the basic operation/installation process and explained in detail the charging process, battery capacity, prepaid loading system and the maintenance of the SHS unit.

RESOURCEGov Project Team convenes for its 6th PIT-PMT Meeting

The Project Team convened the project management and implementation teams for its 6th Joint PIT-PMT Meeting on April 23, 2019 at Park Inn by Radisson Davao, Lanang, Davao City. Thirty-three participants (Male 15, Female 18) attended including the 3 DILG Provincial Directors (PDs) from Sarangani, Compostela Valley and Surigao del Sur to discuss on the project updates and next steps of the implementation.

Facilitated by Mahintana President & CEO Mr. and Project Director Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, the meeting started with prayer led by PHILDHRRA Project Officer Mr. Alfredo Latasa and a safety orientation by the hotel’s safety officer. Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker acknowledged the participants as well as presented the admin concerns for the meeting. Each of the 3 PDs gave their welcome addresses. Compostela Valley PD Noel Duarte welcomed the participants in Davao City and shared that the LITS will be rolled out province-wide on May 23, 2019. Sarangani PD Rochelle Sero committed to promote and support the RESOURCEGov in Region 12 while Surigao del Sur PD Pedrito Alacaba thanked the project management for the implementation of the project. Mr. Blanker facilitated the reading of the summary of business arising and key agreements of previous minutes, and the discussion was actively participated by the body. For the project updated, Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc presented the project accomplishments for Region 12 areas while Project Officer Ms. Myra Macla for Regions 11 & 13. Project Bookkeeper Mr. Jason Inot presented the financial updates. Mr. Blanker then presented the next steps and schedules and the key agreements.

Earth Day Convergence Celebrated through SCUBAsurero

In celebration of International Earth Day, LGU-Gensan and other local stakeholders and partners including Sarangani Province Empowerment and Community Transformation Forum, Inc. (SPECTRUM) and RD Foundation Inc., co-implemented the “EARTH DAY CONVERGENCE”: a Multistakeholders Coastal Clean-up, SCUBAsurero and Youth Day Forum on April 22, 2019 which were participated by Protected Area Management Board – Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PAMB – SBPS), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – XII, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), EDUKAR Scholars, RMFB XII, GSC Tourism Council, CEMCDO, City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)–Gensan, USAID, SOX Free Divers, Brigada Group of Companies and other NGOs with Miss Earth Southern Mindanao Philippines, Ms. Patricia Maye Hoffman. Approximately 700 participants joined the activity. total of 609 Kgs. or 12 sacks of residual waste were collected from coastal area and underwater which the data was immediately consolidated by SPECTRUM.

SPECTRUM in partnership with The Coca-Cola Foundation is implementing the Project entitled Reducing the Effects of Destructive and Improper Plastic Waste Disposal through Upgraded Community Engagement or Project REDUCE. This project aims to protect and conserve Sarangani Bay from the inimical effects of poor plastic waste disposal.

SOLARES Project Team presents during the Maitum ABC Meeting

On April 8, 2019, the SOLARES Project Team together with SOCOTECO II SBU Representative John Tindoy joined the ABC Meeting at Maitum, Sarangani to present the SOLARES project and demonstrate the stand-alone photovoltaic system to the Brgy. Captains.

Mr. Jobe Tubigon, SOLARES Project Manager, briefly introduced the Solares project highlighting its framework, objectives and sustainability mechanism. He explained about the installation process as well as the payment scheme, where the member-consumer (MC) shall pay a monthly fee amounting to Php222 which will cover up all the maintenance, spare parts and troubleshooting of the Solar Home System (SHS) units. The overall installation process will be covered by the project with no further cost for the MC.

Mr. Tindoy together with the SOLARES project officers demonstrated and explained the basic operation of the SHS unit which includes its charging, capacity, loading system and maintenance. He also explained that the project beneficiaries will automatically become members of SOCOTECO II and are also entitled to all the benefits provided by the EC.

The barangay captains of Maitum, Sarangani showed interest and positive response in the SOLARES Project and committed to provide assistance if ever needed by the project team to help in the project implementation.

Itochu President and COO visits Gully 113BC

Itochu’s President and COO Mr. Yoshihisa Suzuki, together with Dolefil VP & Managing Director Mr. Randy Fleming, Community Relations Manager Ms. Leamor Bañaga and other management staff from Dolefil and Itochu visited the different Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects of the company. They visited the 5ingkowelahan classroom at Perfecto B. Salada Elementary School, Dole Gawad Pag-ibig Community and the 113BC field gully on April 10, 2019.

Mahintana President and CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot gave a brief background about Ridge-to-Reef Program and its accomplishments. Mr. Suzuki acknowledged the program and was interested on the Trees-For-Pallets Project proposed by Mr. Yohei Kajikawa.

SOLARES takes part in Kiamba ABC Meeting

Mr. John Tindoy demos the SHS unit.

SOLARES project staff, led by SOLARES Project Manager, Mr. Jobe Tubigon along with SOCOTECOII SBU representative, Mr. John Tindoy, joined the ABC meeting in Kiamba attended by barangay captains of Kiamba, Sarangani Province.

After the presentation of the SOLARES Project to the ABC committee, Mr. Tindoy demonstrated and explained the basic operation of the Solar Home System (SHS) unit to the barangay captains which includes the charging, capacity, loading system and the maintenance of the SHS unit. He also added that the project beneficiaries will automatically become members of SOCOTECO II and are entitled to all the benefits provided by the electronic cooperative.

One of the barangay captains, Capt. Melanie Balanag raised a concern if the households along the coastal areas can also avail of the SHS unit due to the on-grid electrification prohibited by SOCOTECO II along that area. Mr. Tindoy explained the concerns of an on-grid electrification along the coast which includes soil quality and the risks of electrocution. He will be raising the said issue at their own staff meeting.

Barangay captains of Kiamba, Sarangani Province gave a positive response in the SHS Project. They will provide assistance to help in project implementation.

In the afternoon, the team headed to Maasim, Sarangani Province. The project was briefly introduced and demonstrated to ABC President, Alladin Tambingag and to Maasim Mayor, Uttoh Salem Cutan.

Mayor Cutan was very positive about the project especially on the project’s livelihood component. He discussed how far-flung barangays in Maasim would greatly benefit, Maasim farmers have to haul and process their products within the municipality proper  because of the lack of processing equipment and electricity on the remote barangays.

RESOURCEGov Team updates the DILG 12

The RESOURCEGov 2 Team met with the DILG 12 Provincial Directors, the MLGOOs and/or their representatives of the 8 existing areas of Region 12 on April 2, 2019 at The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, South Cotabato. The meeting was attended by 19 (Male 8. Female 11) and focused on the updating the DILG partners for the developments in the project implementation.

Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker presented a short project overview and project updates for March 2019. During the presentation, the body discussed about the following: selection local experts in the 8 existing LGUs, project team to sit-in during the existing LGUs’ ManCom Meetings, Real Property Tax Mapping Trainings and actual mapping, presentation of the LITS to the incoming vice mayors after the elections, the project requirement to help CSOs in their accreditation, and the ODK-based CSIS monitoring. Mr. Blanker also presented the accomplishments, current situation, issues & concerns, and recommendations per existing LGU. Moreover, the Provincial Directors identified and recommended qualified personnel in their offices who can be trained on the ODK, Qlik and LITS systems to become local experts who can, in turn, replicate the systems to the other LGUs in their respective provinces. The DILG partners also gave their suggestions and opportunities from the challenge presented. Mr. Blanker then gave the next steps and schedules, informing the body that the some activities are on hold due to the incoming elections.