RESOURCEGov orients LGU Malapatan on ODK-based RPTax Mapping

The RESOURCEGov 2 Project oriented the selected personnel of LGU Malapatan on ODK-based Real Property Tax (RPTax) and business mapping on January 29-31, 2020. The 18 participants (Male 6, Female 12) were the heads and staff from different LGU departments: Municipal Treasurer Office (MTO), Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO), Municipal Assessor Office (MASSO), and Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDO).

The 3-day activity comprised of the orientation, mock mapping where the enumerators were assigned to different barangays, and presentation of the results. On the 1st day, the participants made their ODK-based forms. On the 2nd day, the MTO sent enumerators to 6 barangays, the BPLO enumerators went to 4 barangays, the MASSO mapped the Poblacion area, while the MPDO monitored three projects. On the 3rd day, the results were

For the RPTax Mapping, the MASSO plans to use the ODK and Tableau Systems on top of the ArcView System to make faster, better data collection, visualization, and data analysis regarding RPTax.

Mahintana facilitates the 1st BBGTF 1st Regular Meeting

To formally discuss the issues and concerns about the gullies in the six barangays, Mahintana facilitated the Barangay Bantay Gully Task Force (BBGTF) 1st regular meeting at Mahintana Conference Room, Cannery Housing on January 31, 2020. The meeting was attended by Councilor Hon. Alan M. Ines, the Chairperson of the Committee on Environmental Protection, Natural Resources, Ecological & Solid Waste Management & Disater Risk Reduction and Climate Change, MENRO-Polomolok, the BBGTF members, and project officer of Mahintana.

The issues discussed included the illegal activities such as garbage dumping, charcoal making, and quarrying. The participants also discussed matters such as flooding, the need to install riffraff, and the like. Hon. Ines said that the BBGTF is about to end on February 14, 2020 but they have seen the its significance and said that the LGU will continue the said task force. He also shared that all topdowns should be registered for better illegal activities monitoring. One of the recommendations is that a common BBGTF hotline shall be established for reporting illegal activities.

Mahintana participates in the dialogue with LGU Polomolok and Dolefil

LGU Polomolok, Dolefil and Mahintana convened for a dialogue on January 31, 2020 at the Office of the Municipal Mayor, Polomolok Municipal Hall. The said dialogue was participated by Municipal Mayor Hon. Honey Lumayag-Matti, Municipal Vice Mayor Atty. Xavier Bayan, Mr. Municipal Administrator Laurence Griño, Municipal Planning Development Officer Mr. Eronio Muno, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Mr. Rodelen Atimonan, MENRO Staff Mr. Eupee Zainal Abedin, MENRO Enforcer Mr. Eduardo Dignadice, Dolefil Agri Division Superintendent on South Zone Operations/SoilCon/LandPrep Mr. Rowen Lacanaria, Dolefil Agri Division Superintendent on North Zone Operations/SoilCon/LandPrep Mr. Danny Dagooc, DARBC Community Relations Manager Mr. Cecilio Balili, Dolefil Community Relations Department  Supervisors Mr. Evren Managuit and Mr. Erwin Balogo, and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. President & CEO Mr. Matiniano Magdolot and Project Officer Mr. Luwee Roy Siacor.

The meeting was called to discuss about the Crossing Repolyo roadside incident that happened on December 9, 2019 particularly the damage of at least 300 “lawaan” hills due to Dolefil’s field operations. Dolefil, in return, took action by replanting 400 “lawaan” hills to replace the damaged trees and conducted an Information and Education Campaign to prevent such incident in the future.  

SOLARES conducts Training on Leadership and Financial Management to Partner Coops/POs

In order to empower and enhance capacity and skills of microfinance institutions (MFIs)/coops/people’s organizations (POs), Mahintana Foundation, Inc. through the SOLARES project and its livelihood component conducted the 3-day Training on Leadership and Financial Management, facilitated by Peace and Equity Foundation. Two resource speakers shared their expertise on their respective topics; Ms. Mary Luzviminda ‘Dayluz’ Herezo for leadership, and Ms. Phoebe Montefalcon on financial management. Keytodac Coffee Growers Association (KCGA), KFADMA, KIMEMCO, KPS-SEED, Sta. Cruz MPC actively participated in the training.

For the first day, Ms. Dayluz covered various topics on leadership, mainly starting with the self and gradually progressing to roles, leadership, and management. She engaged the participants with different activities involving situational problems solving, group dynamics, as well as pre- and post-tests for participants to self-evaluate and be aware of their progress throughout the training. Such activities prompted the participants to reveal their innate leadership skills, and also improve and develop them from then on.

On the second day of the training, Ms. Montefalcon discussed the module entitled Accounting for Non-Accountants which covered most topics that would be expected of a personnel assigned in finance. For the participant MFIs/coops/POs, it was most helpful for them to identify ways and means to improve their overall financial management. The financial management assessment tool became one of the highlights for the participants. Mahintana Foundation, Inc., Peace and Equity Foundation, and Ms. Montefalcon and her staff were present to directly assist in their checklist and output. The participants made and presented their action plans and Ms. Montefalcon was generous with her professional advice regarding improving the current situation, to any questions, and with implementation hurdles the participants may face after taking home their learnings to their respective MFIs/coops/POs.

Ms. Liza Hora, Admin and Finance Officer of Mahintana Foundation Inc., Mr. Dennis Oman Salvo, PPU Manager of Peace & Equity Foundation, and Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, President & CEO of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. were present to warmly welcome and give recognition to the participants from several areas such as Lebak, Kalamansig, Kiamba, and Maasim.

 

DPS assesses the biodiversity strips

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Dole Philippines School (DPS), conducted a Biodiversity Strips Assessment (BSA) at field 117C/D gullies Brgy. Polo, and field 116A/B/C, 101C gullies, Brgy. Upper Klinan, Polomolok, South Cotabato on January 25, 2020.

SLSPI surveyed their assigned areas to document, assess, and observe the current condition of the macroflora and macrofauna composition in the said areas. It was agreed during the activity, that DPS shall have a follow through assessment on January 31, 2020 and they also agreed to submit their report output by the end of March 2020.

Koronadal City Engineering Office undergoes ODK Training

The City Engineering Office (CEO) of LGU Koronadal City partnered with Mahintana Foundation thru the RESOURCEGov 2 Project to hasten its compliance to DILG on the inventory of roads and bridges using the Open Data Kit (ODK) system. The LGU has already underwent training with DILG about the online Road and Bridges Information System (RBIS), however, data collection on field remains a challenge. The initial ODK orientation of Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, the project manager with Mr. Zaldy Gayosa, Engineer IV/Chief PDD of the CEO, led to the three-day ODK training-workshop on January 23-25, 2020.

On January 23, the participants were oriented in the Build, Collect, and Analyze processes and were able to make their own ODK forms and conducted a mock survey to test these forms. On the 2nd day, the participants created the ODK-form based on the RBIS of DILG. To ensure that no roads are missed by the system, the participants grouped themselves by barangay and coordinated with the planning to office to come up with an initial inventory of roads to be monitored. On the last day, the participants were deployed to the four barangays as a sample survey site. After the survey, they shared their experiences and learnings. Their learnings included the following: to check the tablets for updates before going to the filed, updating the road maps with planning office, arrangement of survey questions vis-à-vis survey process, removal of some irrelevant questions, and long tape for measuring road width. Next steps were also discussed which includes another round of reviewing and updating of the form based on the actual mapping experience and the actual survey. Overall, the LGU Koronadal CEO staff trained that the ODK-based monitoring is faster and easier than paper and pen.

IFC and Sierra Tropical Ltd. Partners visit and participate in MFI’s tree growing

On January 24, 2020, guests from International Finance Corporation (IFC) Shino Saruta, Operations Manager of IFC. Niraj Shah, Social Specialist of IFC. Jeremy Ansell Senior environmental specialist of IFC and Sierra Tropical Ltd. Head Nurse Maria Hernandez, accompanied by Dolefil VP & Managing Director Mr. Nicholaos Yiannakis, visited Mahintana Foundation Inc. to learn about the organization’s programs and activities on community development. They also toured the Cannery Community Nursery for a short orientation.

To leave a remarkable memory of their visit, they participated in the ceremonial tree growing activity using bagras seedlings at 116C field gully to take part on the advocacy of the foundation on environmental protection and conservation.

IFC and Sierra Tropical Ltd. Partners visit and participate in MFI’s tree growing

On January 24, 2020, guests from International Finance Corporation (IFC) Shino Saruta, Operations Manager of IFC. Niraj Shah, Social Specialist of IFC. Jeremy Ansell Senior environmental specialist of IFC and Sierra Tropical Ltd. Head Nurse Maria Hernandez, accompanied by Dolefil VP & Managing Director Mr. Nicholaos Yiannakis, visited Mahintana Foundation Inc. to learn about the organization’s programs and activities on community development. They also toured the Cannery Community Nursery for a short orientation.

To leave a remarkable memory of their visit, they participated in the ceremonial tree growing activity using bagras seedlings at 116C field gully to take part on the advocacy of the foundation on environmental protection and conservation.