RESOURCEGov Project convenes with DILG 12

To update its associate partner on the project accomplishments, RESOURCEGov Project convenes with DILG 12 on Sept. 30, 2019 at Cicada Conference Room, Kalsangi Clubhouse, Polomolok, South Cotabato. It was attended by 34 (Male 16, Female 18) including the DILG 12 Regional Director Ms. Josephine Leysa, CESO V and Assistant Regional Director Ms. Lailyn Ortiz and the provincial directors.

The team, spearheaded by Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, presented the project accomplishments particularly the LGUs who adopted the ODK, Qlik and LITS, and the other line agencies and organizations that adopted the systems such as the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) 12, South Cotabato Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC), the commitments in the Open Government Partnership (OGP), and partnership with the Surigao del Sur Academy for Good Governance. Mr. Blanker also presented the flow of the Annual Review and Planning Workshop on October 24-25, 2019. He encouraged the presence of the DILG directors for the planning for the 3rd year and the sustainability of the project. DILG 12 RD Ms. Leysa encouraged the saturation of the systems in the regional line agency by utilisation of ODK in the monitoring and ISO Certification processes. She also suggested that the probable 3rd phase shall focus on the journey of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Program particularly on increasing the revenue of the LGUs of the region. Ms. Leysa hopes that the number of the Region 12 LGU SGLG passers will double in the next years.

MASS-SPECC connects with RESOURCEGov Project

Having attended the Mindanao Learning Exchange on August 29, 2019 and learned about the ODK System, Mindanao Alliance of Self-Help Societies Southern Philippines Educational Cooperative Center (MASS-SPECC) expressed its interest to adopt the system to be used in profiling and data collection of the different member cooperatives. Thus, RESOURCEGov Project Team oriented the MASS-SPECC Manager and IT Manager in their office. Eventually, MASS SPECC might tap MINCODE and RESOURCEGOV Team in building capacity of cooperatives in using the systems and tools introduced by RESOURCEGov

Officers convene for Operations’ Meeting

RESOURCEGov Project Officers of AADC, Kasilak Foundation, PhilDHRRA and MINCODE conducted an Operations’ Meeting on September 23, 2019 at Villa La Selva Agri-Tourism Resort, Lower Pisaan, San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur. The team discussed the visibility action/plan, review on the draft partnership agreement with Academy for Good Governance, and draft program for the Provincial CSO Forum for Surigao del Sur.

Mahintana participates in the International Coastal Clean-Up

Mahintana staff participated in the annual International Coastal Clean–Up (ICC) on September 21, 2019 at the Minanga, Buayan with approximately 500 volunteers from BLGU Buayan Council and various civic organizations, academe, government offices and private institutions namely Red Ribbon-KCC, Mindanao Polytechnic College, BSP – Datu Acad Dalid ES, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, DepEd XII Teachers, Balite ES, Shariff Mukshin ES, Ligaya ES, Buayan NHS, City Engineer’s Office, DENR-CENRO Buayan. A total of 2,750 Kgs. or 110 sacks of residual waste (cigarette butts, food wrappers, straws, nylon strings, plastic cups, cellophanes, diapers, etc.) were collected in 0.3 km coastal area of Prk. Minanga, Buayan.

The ICC was conducted by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) – General Santos City in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc., USAID, DENR – XII, Coca-Cola Foundation, Protected Area Management Bureau – Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PAMB–SBPS), Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Education, Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC) – Sarangani Province, Holy Trinity College of General Santos City, PNP Regional Maritime Office – XII, General Santos Foundation, Inc., RD Foundation, and Smart Telecommunications. The event themed “Battle for Litter-Free Seas” aims to engage the surrounding coastal communities and stakeholders in cleaning beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways and underwater dive sites to remove trash and record information on the debris collected. Results will aid in better waste management policies/plans, product packaging designs and in stirring environmental consciousness among the people.

RESOURCEGov meets PIT for Regions 11 & 13 Areas

September 19, 2019 – RESOURCEGOV Phase 2 Project Implementation Team for Regions XI and XIII areas at Rue Mango Apartelle and Suites. It was attended by 11 partners from Agri Aqua Development Coalition-Mindanao (AADC), Kasilak Foundation, Inc., Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in the Rural Areas-Mindanao (PhilDHRRA), MINCODE Secretariat and Mahintana Foundation, Inc.   The meeting aims to update and review the project implementation in the Municipalities of New Bataan and Maragusan for Compostela Valley Province, Tago, Tagbina and Barobo for Surigao del Sur Province and Remedios T. Romualdez for Agusan del Sur. Other matters included the program flow of the Annual Review and Planning Workshop to be held on October 24-25, 2019.

Mahintana shares about ODK and LITS at 2nd SCIC Forum

In celebration of “Integrity Week”, the Provincial Government of South Cotabato conducted the 2nd Provincial Integrity Forum with the theme “A Smarter South Cotabato, Bringing Services Closer to the People” on September 18, 2019 at the EMR Convention Center, City of Koronadal, South Cotabato. Being 1 of 9 pilot LGUs in the Philippines implementing Project I4J or Partnerships for Integrity and Jobs, Province of South Cotabato developed and implemented its own integrity program dubbed as iSouthCotabato or South Cotabato for Integrity and Jobs, and created the South Cotabato Integrity Circle (SCIC).

The highlight event of the 2019 Integrity Week Celebration featured discussions among panelists coming from the civil society, private/business sector and government regarding how these institutions help enable people in accessing services. The discussion also touched on how to make government be more open, transparent and responsive to citizen needs. The panelists include: Hon. Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr., Governor of the Province of South Cotabato, Ms. Teresita R. Antolin of the Civil Service Commission, Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot of the Mahintana Foundation, Inc., Mr. Michael Canares of Step-Up Consulting Services, and Mr. Gerry Constantino of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.

The forum also featured the unveiling of the different online systems in relation to South Cotabato’s commitment to the Open Government Partnership. These systems include: the Open Monitoring and Evaluation System using the Open Data Kit (ODK), the Open Mining Portal, the Open Contracting Webpage, and the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) for Open Legislation. These systems are still in its beta phase and will soon be available for public use and linked to the Integrated Provincial Online Database. RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker presented the ODK and LITS.

The forum concluded with the awarding of the Dangal ng South Cotabato Enterprise Integrity Award for the Large, Medium and Small Enterprises. The winners are as follows:

▪Large Enterprise – ICTUS Premier Multi-purpose Cooperative
▪Medium Enterprise – Delibites Concepts Corporation
▪Small Enterprise – JV Enterprises

Project Team orients Glan BLGUs

In partnership with the Sarangani Vice Governor’s Office (VGO), the RESOURCEGov 2 Project Team, composed of Project Officer Mr. Jan Solomon B. Edrozo and Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc, oriented the barangay captains and their staff about the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) during the Liga ng mga Barangay Meeting on September 19, 2019 at Liga ng Barangay Hall, DILG Office, Glan, Sarangani Province. There were 25 participants (Male 20, Female 5) who were present during the LITS orientation. The initiative to roll out the system to the barangays other than Malapatan and Maasim is of the Sarangani VGOs who are also developing local experts for the system. The VGO intends to start rolling out the LITS to the BLGUs in 2020.

Before the orientation, the BGO and the project team conducted a courtesy visit to the Glan Mun. Mayor Hon. Vivien Yap, M.D. to inform her of the activity and intention of the VGO. Mr. Edrozo presented a short overview of the project particularly the LITS to inform the barangay chief executives of the benefits of adopting the system. Ms. Patoc enforced the presentation by saying that the system is given out for free and that their respective secretaries will be oriented on how to use the LITS. After the orientation, the barangay secretaries presented their laptops to be installed with the system. However, only one out of 10 units was installed with LITS on the same day. As agreed with the Vice Governor’s staff, the next installation will be done on the Liga ng mga Barangay Meeting on November 2019.