SOLARES holds its 2nd Project Implementation Meeting

Representatives from microfinance institutions and electric cooperatives attended the 2nd Project Implementation Team (PIT) Meeting last July 26. The first PIT meeting was conducted on May 14. Mr. Jobe Tubigon, SOLARES project manager, facilitated the meeting as the presiding officer. Project director Mr Martiniano Magdolot opened the meeting with the welcoming message and partial updates on the project. He reminisced from the time when the funding for the project was approved (YAMOG Foundation received the grant as well) up to the recent changes occurring within Dolefil and eventually in Mahintana. YAMOG was invited to join and observe in the PIT meeting. Mr. Tubigon presented the agenda and asked to waive the reading of the previous minutes as so to give more time to updates. YAMOG was also called to speak; they shared about their similar concerns and experiences with where they are in their process. Mr. Tubigon continued to share about the project management chart: project management team and the project implementation team. For the benefit of the partner YAMOG and other coops who had no experience with Window 1, the larger framework was shared to the team; the link between ASEP-PVM (photovoltaiv mainstreaming) and SOLARES. Mr. Armel Adanza shared about the stark improvement from the experience they had with Window 1. ODK profiling and its paperless component has made household profiling more efficient.

Mr. Tubigon proceeded to discuss the schedules for the remainder of the year, giving emphasis on the bidding and procurement process as its evaluation is crucial. He continued to the project coordinator Mr. Jay Amiel Ajoc’s updates in Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat regarding meeting target of profiled households, conduct of enumerators trainings and mock surveys, actual profiling, user’s training among other things. The concern with existing programs like the one from the Department of Energy (DOE) and other concerns were raised during the report. Mr. Stefan Babera, project officer of Peace and Equity Foundation reported on the livelihood aspects of the project. His report covered on initial assessment profiling and project proposal writing workshop outputs of microfinance institutions. Finally, Ms. Grace B. Miguel, the project bookkeeper also presented on the project financials and budget; there has only been a minimal utilization of the budget so far.

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.

Scale-up REPAIR hauls and distributes nursery materials

Supporting the community nurseries, Scale-up REPAIR hauled and distributed nursery materials on July 24, 2019 at Brgys. Rubber and Lumakil, Polomolok and Basag, Tboli. A total of 48 various materials were distributed such as 3 units wheel borrow, 6 units spade, 3 units B-net double, 12 packs of polyethylene bag (5×6), 3 rolls of hose, 15 pairs of gloves, and 6 units pruning shears.  

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.

Lambayong BLGUs undergo LITS Refresher Course

The RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project Officer Mr. Kurt Jurgen Von D. Lumbao conducted Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) Refresher Course to LGU Lambayong on July 17-19, 2019 at The Pinnacle Hotel, Davao City with a total of 30 participants (Male 15, Female 15) comprised of barangay captains, councilors, secretary, and treasurers. The activity was a realization of the plans during the former mayor’s term. Moreover, LGU Lambayong shouldered the expenses for the training amounting to Php 198,000.00. For the BLGUs of Lambayong alone, the in-kind counterpart contribution (the equipment used for the utilisation of LITS) is amounting to an estimate of Php 630,000.00.

The 1st day was dedicated to the preliminaries and the step-by-step installation of the LITS to the laptops and desktop units brought by the participants. Mr. Lumbao welcomed the participants and presented the rationale of the activity, and the project overview. Mr. Andrei Martinez shared that as the president of all the barangay secretaries, he commends all the effort and support of his colleagues even if there are some who have not attended. Mr. Lumbao discussed guidelines and procedures in creation of ordinances and resolutions. He used to work in the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Kidapawan City as a transcriptionist who also do reviews on committee reports and other pertinent documents. Originally, the agenda included another resource speaker for the said topic. However, the resource speaker was not able to come. As an initiative, Mr. Lumbao referred to The Local Code of the Philippines, also known as the bible of secretaries in all levels, for the default guideline. The last day was dedicated to the presentation and review of the participants’ outputs. At the end of the training, the participants were able to: install the LITS, troubleshoot the system, create their own legislative documents and add these documents to the LITS.

RESOURCEGov Project featured in Brigada Insights

Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker was invited for an interview on the Brigada Insights Show in General Santos City on July 19, 2019. Mr. Blanker shared the project intervention ODK-based tax mapping in particular. Recently, the ODK-based tax mapping was launched in LGU Polomolok in partnership with the BLGF 12.

Brigada Insights is broadcasted to SOCSKSARGEN area through Brigada TV Channel and the same episode was posted on Brigada Insights Facebook page with the link below:

ARH conducts Room to Room Campaign in UKNHS

ARH Program continues its room to room campaign to partner schools. On July 19, 2019, HEPOs, ARH advocates, and Mahintana conducted the campaign in Upper Klinan National High School (UKNHS) participated by six nurses from the Municipal Health Office of Polomolok.

ARH Volunteer Ms. Wiki Hamilton, Project Officer Ms. Rochelle Juevesano, and HEPOs visited UKNHS Principal Romeo Jerao. Eleven peer educators of UKNHS welcomed and assisted the HEPOs in the campaign. ARH advocates Ms. Rachel Monserat, Ms. Nelia Gay Alinagsa, and Ms. Quenie Diana facilitated the schedules of the sections.

The campaign catered to all students of the junior high and senior high school. The HEPOs were assigned topics to discuss over an average of 10 to 15 minutes: on Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Use, Mental Health, Stress Management, STI/HIV/AIDS, and Adolescent Reproductive Health. The HEPOs equipped themselves with references through a PowerPoint presentation and visual aids, using the LED monitor of the classrooms or their laptops.