Scale-up REPAIR inspects planted trees in 3 Barangays of Polomolok and T’Boli

To monitor the status of the planted trees, Scale-up REPAIR conducted plant monitoring and inspection on August 28-30, 2019 in Brgys. Lumakil & Rubber, Polomolok and Basag, T’boli. The project assists 76 farmer-beneficiaries from Brgy. Lumakil (10), Brgy. Rubber (15), Sitio Bianan, Brgy. Basag (12), and Sitio Malo, Brgy. Basag (39). A total of 3,211 coconut, 508 guyabano, 1,522 coffee, 1,784 cacao, 935 forest trees and 5,435 bamboos were planted covering 35.0775 hectares of land with the survival rate of 96%. Farmer beneficiaries stand beside the planted trees

RESOURCEGov conducts 2nd Mindanao Learning Exchange

As one of the highlights of the 26th MINCODE General Assembly, RESOURCEGov hosted two simultaneous learning sessions of the Mindanao Learning Exchange on August 29, 2019 at Blue Lotus Hotel, Davao City. The activity became an avenue where CSO members of the network to learn, discuss, interact, and appreciate the different best practices of various political and socio-economic issues, as well as, technological advances that affect the engagement of CSOs with the government. The two sessions were attended by 19 (Male 11, Female 8) and 18 (Male 7, Female 11) participants respectively.

The two sessions were all about the interventions of the RESOURCEGov 2 Project namely: “Innovate, Integrate, Motivate: Use of ICT in LGU Revenue Enhancement” (Session 1) and “Becoming Agents of Change: LGU-CSO Engagement” (Session 2). Other sessions are the following: “ICRC: Protection and Assistance to Civilian Population during Armed Conflict and Code of Conduct for NGOs in Disaster Relief” (Session 3), “Social Entrepreneurship: A Vehicle for People Empowerment and Poverty Alleviation” (Session 4), and “Exploring Possibilities: Strategies to Build CSO Financial Sustainability” (Session 5). For Session 1, the ODK, Qlik and LITS were featured presented by LGU partners from Maragusan (generation of ODK forms and forms that are currently used in the LGU Offices such as the OMAG and the MTOs), from President Quirino and President Roxas (Qlik-generated graphs of data coming from the ODK-based tax mapping results), and from New Bataan (the LITS and the benefits of using the system in the SB Office). The participants were able to ask questions and recommend ideas on how these ICT tools be used. The Session 2 presenters were LGU and CSO partners from Tagbina and Barobo.

Urgent Hiring!

Mahintana is looking for an IT Officer with the following qualifications:

  • Candidate must be an Information Technology or Computer Science graduate with accounting background is an advantage
  • Experience in software programming is an advantage
  • With good analytical, written and verbal communication skills
  • With good moral character

Interested applicants may submit their application letter, resume, Transcript of Records and other pertinent documents to mahintana_mfi@yahoo.com or to healthplusppf@gmail.com addressed to:

Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot  
President and CEO
Mahintana Foundation, Inc.

LGU President Roxas visits LGU President Quirino

As one of the pilot areas in Region 12, the LGU President Quirino became a learning site for other LGUs from different regions because of their successful use of the ODK System in the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO). On August 23, 2019, RESOURCEGov Project Officer Mr. Gamaliel H. Moquete facilitated the learning visit of LGU President Roxas to LGU President Quirino for Business Tax Processing and Application with a total of 10 participants (Male 4, Female 6).

President Quirino BPLO Officer Mr. Jimmy Sotelo presented how they do their Business Tax Processing and Application while BPLO Encoder Ms. Linlet Marohomsalic shared how they were able to target the business collections through the use of ODK. Mr. Sotelo showed the ODK graphs to the body.

HEALTH Plus Project orients new HPSiS Staff

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., through its HEALTH Plus Project, conducted a two-day orientation-training to five newly-hired HEALTH Plus Shop-in-a-Shop (HPSiS) staff on August 22-23, 2019 at Sarangani Resources Corporation (SRC) Conference Room, Cannery Housing, Cannery Site, Polomolok, South Cotabato.  The orientation aims to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of the foundation and the project including its history, rationale, objectives, and benefits of its. Also, to improve their knowledge and skills on Point-Of-Sale (POS) System, supply chain processes and SOA preparation and basic policies and procedures. Each topic was facilitated by the HEALTH Plus personnel according to thenamely HEALTH Plus Management Information System (HPMIS) Officer Mr. June Ritche Cagata, Supply Chain Officer Mr. Nolimar Abesar, Supervising Pharmacist Ms.  Jea Roque, Project Bookkeeper Mr. Froilan Dave Cosep, and Project Admin Assistant Ms. Everly Planes.

The newly-hired staff will be deployed to HPSiS outlets in South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (3) in Koronadal City, South Cotabato and Sarangani Medical Center (1) in Alabel, Sarangani and Glan Medicare Community Hospital (1) in Glan, Sarangani. One staff from Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital in General Santos City participated in the 2nd day of the training to catch up on the Pharmacy 101 Orientation.

RESOURCEGov Project supports CSO Conference in Lake Sebu

The RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc attended the CSO Conference and Selection Representatives to the Local Special Bodies (LSBs) on August 20, 2019 at El Galong Waterpark Resort, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. The activity was attended by 37 participants (Male 17, Female 20). The CSO conference aims to encourage and assist the CSOs in the accreditation process and pre-select possible representatives to the LSBs.

MPDO Engr. Rex Salvador-Espigar gave the opening remarks saying that the CSOs’ participation is very important to the LGUs for they are part of the catalyst of change and that they must be seen as “helpers” rather than “kontra-gobyerno” or against the government. He also presented the schedule of the accreditation process. MLGOO Ms. Maria Fe Soto presented a video “Bantay Korapsyon” that discusses the government’s efforts against corruption encouraging the citizens to change themselves and be part of the change. She then presented the Relevance of Participatory Governance. DILG South Cotabato Community Development Officer Mr. Ruel Tuble, also former RESOURCEGov Project Officer, shared the Code-Mandated Avenues and discussed the different local special bodies which can be participated by CSOs. During the presentation, the CSOs raised questions about the members of Local School Board, the Special Education Fund (SEF) and other concerns showing their interest in participating in the LSBs. After, SB Secretary Mr. Rene T. Landayong presented the Guidelines for CSO Accreditation. He said that accreditation necessary to be recognized by the LGU and can participate to the LSBs. In the afternoon, the MLGOO Ms. Soto, CSO Desk Designate Ms. Nenita Kinan and Mr. Tuble facilitated the pre-selection of possible representatives to the LSBs.

Mahintana serves Brgy. Tubeng with Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan 2019

Holding true to its commitment in working towards sustainable and resilient communities, Mahintana Foundation Inc. conducted its Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan at Brgy Tubeng, Tupi on August 20, 2019, Tuesday as one of the highlight activities for its 42nd Founding Anniversary. The medical mission served a total of 684 beneficiaries in Tubeng through the HEALTH Plus Project together with its partners, the Integrated Provincial Health Office of South Cotabato, Lion’s Club, Philippine Dental Association—South Cotabato, Rural Health Unit of Tupi, Human Resource for Health, Department of Education, Barangay Council, and suppliers.

Pregnant women, senior citizens, grade school students, and residents across different age groups availed oral health services aboard the Department of Health Dental Health Bus, laboratory services—such as HIV screening and blood typing, implant insertion for Family Planning clients and counseling, immunization and deworming, urinalysis, eye check-up, medical check-up,  receiving vitamins, medicine, and ointment. Lectures on dengue awareness including Operation Kulob were also given to pupils and teachers of Tubeng Elementary School and Atbangan Elementary School.

BFP New Bataan adopts ODK System

RESOURCEGov Project, spearheaded by AADC Project Officer Mr. Alvin Frasco, facilitated the ODK Training for the New Bataan Bureau of Fire Protection on August 19, 2019 at the BFP Station, New Bataan, Compostela Valley. The training was participated by 13 staff (Male 12, Female 1).

The BFP personnel were able to formulate two ODK forms namely After Inspection Report (AIR) and Business Inspection Survey (BIS). The participants performed a mock survey using the said forms and presented the results. They were impressed that the system is easy to use and reports are readily generated after data consolidation. Agreed after the presentation that the BFP personnel will: 1) generate forms that are mandated by the government from the bureau, 2) do dry run of the forms, and that RESOURCEGov Team will conduct a monitoring and assessment activity by December 2019.

Tampakan CSOs select representatives for the Local Special Bodies

Representing the RESOURCEGov Project, Project Bookkeeper Ms. Jovelyn L. Vilbar attended the CSO Conference and Selection of CSO Representatives to the Local Special Bodies on August 8, 2019 at the Municipal Conference Room, Municipal Bldg., Tampakan, South Cotabato attended by 67 participants (Male 39, Female 28). The activity aims to guide the CSOs in the accreditation process, learn the importance of the local CSO network and relevance of participatory governance, and select the CSO representatives for specific local special bodies.

The activity started with preliminaries. Municipal Administrator Ms. Minihaha D. Escobillo, LLB gave the opening remarks and MLGOO Ms. Marijovy Manzano presented the objectives and schedule of activities. The MLGOO also discussed about the Critical Importance of Participatory Governance. DILG 12 Community Development Officer Mr. Ruel Tuble, one of the project officers of RESOURCEGov Phase 1, shared the topics on Codal Avenues of Participation and Relevance of Local CSO Network. He emphasized that a network is important because it can help achieve common goals faster and better. He said that there is strength in numbers when it comes to working towards the goal. He also shared that participatory government is promoted, thus, CSOs are encouraged to be accredited and join the local special bodies such as the Local Development Council, Local School Board, Local Health Board, Bids and Awards Committee, Local Peace and Order Council, and People’s Law Enforcement Board. Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Hon. Collado Domingo presented the Guidelines on LGU Accreditation. At the end of the presentations, the body selected the representatives to the local special bodies.

RESOURCEGov Project supports New Bataan CSOs

As one of its interventions, the RESOURCEGov Project conducted the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Assembly of New Bataan on September 11-12, 2019 in collaboration with the LGU and DILG. Mayor Geraldford N. Balbin showed his support to the CSOs by encouraging them with a message to continue their active participation. CSO representatives were selected for the different local special bodies.