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.